Category Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

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New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards

In focus groups, science teachers tell NSTA staff members that time is their biggest challenge. We hear that again and again, and we listen! Many science educators are excited about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and have begun to implement them in their schools and districts. We hear from many members of our network […]

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Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: How Your Classroom Is Framed Is as Important as What You Do in It

As humans, we are driven to explore and explain our surroundings; we wonder about the things we see and try to figure out how and why they appear the way they do and what some of the underlying mechanisms might be that drive what we see in the world. At its core, science is a […]

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How Can Science Teachers Use the NGSS to Support English Language Learners’ Construction of Knowledge?

This era of AYP (annual yearly progress) and the pressure to meet AMAOs for English Language Learners (ELLs) has fueled our current focus on academic language goals, often framed as vocabulary or discrete elements of grammar. But this narrow focus can result in missed opportunities to seek out and build on student-centered cultural and linguistic […]

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Engaging in the Art of Teaching With the Next Generation Science Standards

For the past 15 months, a four-letter acronym has been on the tip of science educators’ tongues: NGSS, the Next Generation Science Standards. Whether you personally are or your state board of education is “in favor of,” or “opposed to,” or you are simply “engaged with” the NGSS, there is no doubt that their release […]

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Kindergarten teachers–webinar for you on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just a quick post to alert you to the National Science Teachers Association webinar, Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Kindergarten, for Kindergarten teachers, underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Increase your understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards with kindergartners in mind. Just 90 minutes–see additional information below. Click here to see the entire series for all grades. […]

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How Can Elementary Teachers Work Toward the Vision of the Next Generation Science Standards?

When I taught elementary school, science was the foundation around which I built my multi-age classroom, but I think this approach was rare. With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have the opportunity for science to become front and center in more elementary classrooms. I am thrilled about the NGSS and […]

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The Next Generation Science Standards: Ready or Not, Here They Come!

This is a particularly exciting time for science educators across our nation, both for those in states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and those in areas that will never formally take that step, as they begin the process of putting into practice the vision of science education outlined in the Framework […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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