Category Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

Stay informed about progress in formulating and implementing the new science education standards. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

What Resources Does the National Science Teachers Association Offer Around Elementary Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a growing collection of resources around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). While many of our products and services to date more generically target the whole K–12 spectrum, we do have resources designed specifically for elementary school educators. NSTA’s upcoming full-day virtual conference (August 6 from 10 am [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

A Professional Development Approach to the NGSS

Today’s Guest Blogger is author Eric Brunsell, an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Coordinator of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Recently I was thinking about my first experience with e-mail (in 1992) and how much communication [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How to Select and Design Materials that Align to the Next Generation Science Standards

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Krajcik, Professor of Science Education and Director for the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University. Joe was a physical science writing team leader for the NGSS; he is one of several educators who helped develop the EQuIP Rubric for Science. View and download the rubric and other resources [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Next Generation Science Standards Turn 1!

It’s been one year since the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted (on April 9, 2013). Since then, the National Science Teachers Association has been incredibly busy, learning what science teachers need, creating resources that will help with implementation, and most importantly, creating a new hub where all our resources are collated and that [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , | Leave a comment

DC State Board of Education Considers NGSS

Yesterday I appeared before the DC State Board of Education and urged them to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (see my testimony below). I spoke about how the NGSS would bring positive changes to District classrooms with its new approach to teaching science that ties lessons into a few “big ideas” of science, incorporates [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , | Leave a comment
folder icon  Also posted in SciLinks

Aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the NGSS and Framework

One of the big ideas from my teaching courses was “congruency”—an alignment of curriculum (What content and skills will you teach?), instruction (What learning activities will help students learn and use the content and skills?), and assessment (How will students demonstrate or show what they learned?). The featured articles in this month’s issue of Science [...]

Also posted in SciLinks | Tagged , | 3 Responses
folder icon  Also posted in Ms. Mentor

Learning more about the NGSS (Part 2)

In a previous post, I touched on the resources I’m using to familiarize myself with NGSS.  In addition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) app, I’m finding quite a few additional online resources to assist in bettering my understanding of the NGSS. The NGSS page on the NSTA website  has lists of resources and [...]

Also posted in Ms. Mentor | Tagged , | Leave a comment
folder icon  Also posted in Conferences

Bridging to the Next Generation Science Standards—What’s in It for Me?: Featured Strand at NSTA Conference in Portland, OR, October 24-26, 2013

This October, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Bridging to the Next Generation Science Standards—What’s in It for Me?” at our Conference on Science Education in Portland, OR, October 24-26, 2013. NSTA recognizes that we are at a pivotal point in science education with the release of the NRC Framework [...]

Also posted in Conferences | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

California’s Decisions Show that NGSS is State Driven

The California State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) this week, making it the sixth state to do so. The decision not only represents a move forward for evidence-based science instruction but also highlights the control and flexibility individual states have in terms of the NGSS. The NGSS was developed [...]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment
folder icon  Also posted in Ms. Mentor

Learning more about the NGSS

Why am I at the table with a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone? Is this the ultimate example of multitasking? Have I finally leaped into geekdom? Actually, I’m looking at three versions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards have been on the NGSS website since last spring.  And now there is [...]

Also posted in Ms. Mentor | Tagged , | Leave a comment