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What’s So Special About Disciplinary Core Ideas? (Part 3)






DCIs Develop Across Time The first two blogs in my series on disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) focused on how DCIs form a conceptual framework and that DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena. In this final blog I’d like to focus on an important idea reflected in A Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) […]

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What’s So Special about Disciplinary Core Ideas (Part 2)






DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena Last month I talked about how disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) form a conceptual framework. Now, I’d like to explore the idea that DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena. Phenomena are reoccurring events that occur in the world. That an object falls to the lower point […]

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What’s so Special about Disciplinary Core Ideas? (Part 1)






I still remember the day Helen Quinn asked if she could visit me at the University of Michigan where I was a professor to discuss the Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) and possible roles I might play in its development. I was honored that I was being considered to lead the team on coming […]

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Help Us Name NSTA’s New NGSS Newsletter






Science teachers, you’ve spoken up about your Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation needs, and NSTA has listened. Thanks to the input of many of you, NSTA is moving forward on a new resource to help you get your arms around the expanding amount of information, tools, and perspectives on implementing the new standards. In […]

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New NSTA Infographic Explores How Today’s Students Learn Science






As a member of the NSTA communications team, I often field questions from a wide variety of audiences—teachers, parents, school and district leaders, business leaders and reporters—about the exciting new developments in science teaching and learning promoted in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. For sure, there is […]

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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






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 Today.com. 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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