Category Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

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How to Evaluate NGSS Lessons and Units with the New Improved EQuIP Rubric for Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the degree to which lessons and units are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The rubric is a joint project of Achieve, Inc., and NSTA and was originally released shortly after the NGSS were finalized. The purpose of the rubric and review […]

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Changes in How We See Scientific Inquiry

Ask 20 teachers what scientific inquiry is and it’s possible you’ll receive 20 different answers. From a series of proscribed steps to a lab-based free-for-all, conceptions have shifted over time. In the National Research Council’s (NRC) 1996 National Science Education Standards (NSES), inquiry held a prominent position as its own content area, but the term […]

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NSTA Back-to-School Science Resources For Parents

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One of my favorite things about back-to-school time is to see my social media accounts blow up with pictures of kids’ first day back at school.  Even more entertaining is when the camera is turned on the parents. My recent favorite was featured on It’s also nice to see the explosion of news articles […]

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New NSTA Infographic on NGSS Now Available for Download


Did you know that from 2014 to 2024 employment in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is expected to grow faster than overall employment? In fact, STEM jobs now comprise 20% of all U.S jobs. But, are students ready for the STEM world? In 2014, only about a third of high school students who […]

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Teaching Students About Marine Technology

“We use marine technology as a hook to teach engineering and technology,” says Deidre Sullivan, director and principal investigator of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center in Monterey, California.

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Teacher Professional Learning: Transforming Teacher Practice

I encourage STEM educators (and administrators) across the U.S. to read and understand Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts, a terrific report just released by the National Academies of Science (NAS), Engineering and Medicine. The National Academy report illuminates practical recommendations and lays out the supportive environment and professional learning experiences teachers need […]

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More Than 200 Vetted Classroom Resources on the NGSS@NSTA Hub

With the creation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) came the question of “What does NGSS-based instruction look like in my classroom, and where will I find the instructional resources for teaching the new standards?” So NSTA put out a call and pulled together a group of 55 educators, myself included, called NGSS@NSTA Curators. […]

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NSTA Leader Shares NGSS Expertise at International Conference with Chinese Science Educators

Shanghai is a 13,558 miles round-trip from my home in Chandler, Arizona, and a continent away from my comfort zone. Though flashbacks of 1966’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (everything that could go wrong, did!) played in my head while trying to obtain my Visa (thank you Ted Willard for […]

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K–5 and the Next Generation Science Standards—Webinars

The free webinars by National Science Teachers Association experts, Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr, and Kathy Renfrew, will guide us to a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read more about them and register to attend here.  July 22Teaching NGSS in K–5: Constructing Explanations from Evidence July 29Teaching NGSS in K–5: Teaching NGSS in K–5: […]

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Just about four years ago, A Framework for K-12 Science Education appeared on the scene, and just over two years ago the Next General Science Standards were published and released.  Since that time, there has been much effort put into and collective cognitive focus on the best way to educate all stakeholders about the standards, […]

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