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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 [...]

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“Leading From the Classroom”: Featured Strand at NSTA’s 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston, MA, April 3–6

This April, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Leading From the Classroom” at our 2014 National Conference on Science Education, in Boston, April 3–6. Can you be a classroom teacher and a leader? Yes! You grow professionally throughout your career, and as you do, you see opportunities to improve science [...]

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October K-12 Journals Available from the National Science Teachers Association

October’s K–12 journals from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) highlight unique trends in science eduction. Science and Children, for elementary educators, hones in on one of the major shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards—the significant focus on engineering. This issue provides several approaches that can be used to support elementary students as they [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Vote for NSTA @ SXSWEdu

Today, SXSW (South by Southwest) is launching their PanelPicker voting for the fourth annual SXSWedu taking place March 3-6, 2014 in Austin, TX. Each year, SXSWedu invites the greater online community to share their input on content they’d like to see at the upcoming event. This Monday, August 19 marks the first day of public [...]

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Building on prior experience

This month I was able to spend unstructured time with a 2.5 year old and her family. In my position as an observer, not teacher, care-giver or parent, I could enjoy only observing—observing without a purpose outside my own interest. This open-ended vacation mode of observation may not have sharpened my thinking or provoke deep [...]

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What science happens in your sandbox?

A pile of sand, a sandbox or a sensory table full of sand are tools for imaginative play, sensory exploration and science investigations.  In the April 2013 issue of Science and Children, the Early Years column, I wrote about how children wondered what made a series of cone-shaped pits in a line in the sandbox. [...]

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NGSS May 2012—suggestions for K-2 educators reviewing the draft

We all have an opportunity to comment on the draft of the Next Generation Science Standards! The last date to comment on this draft is June 2nd, just days away. This is a busy time of year for teachers but we can contribute to the usefulness of the NGSS by reviewing and commenting using the [...]

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Exploring the practices in the science Framework

I attended a great session at the NSTA Hartford conference regarding the new Framework and Next Generation Science Standards. Francis Eberle and Harold Pratt explored scientific and engineering practices in the the new Framework. We want to know…what are the implications of including the scientific and engineering practices in your teaching? What support do you [...]

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