Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study

Working to enhance your teachers' knowledge and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Sponsor your teachers to participate in the Discover the NGSS Online Book Study!

NSTA has developed a four-week Online Book Study around the Enhanced E-book: Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner. This enhanced e-book offers a comprehensive introduction to the NGSS, including background information, each of the three dimensions in depth, and steps to move teachers toward classroom implementation.

During the online book study, teachers attend live webinars and participate in asynchronous discussions with other participants and with the webinar presenters, Tricia Shelton and Jessica Holman. The webinars support use of the Enhanced E-book to deepen participant understanding of the innovations of the NGSS. Presenters also share examples and stories from the classroom to illustrate HOW this understanding can be used to translate the NGSS into classroom teaching and learning.

During the book study participants will have access to:

  • A moderated private forum for group discussions with other book study participants
  • A private forum for district-only group discussion
  • Digital resources and all NSTA Learning Center online community tools (My Library, My Learning Plan, My Profile, Community Forums)

By the end of the book study, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate an understanding of the three-dimensions and 3D learning (instruction and assessment)
  • Begin to design NGSS lessons that work coherently within a storyline or unit of study
  • Identify phenomena that can drive student learning

Upcoming Dates:
The four live webinars will take place from 7:15 – 8:45 pm Eastern time on the dates below:

  • Wednesday, April 4
  • Wednesday, April 11
  • Wednesday, April 18
  • Wednesday, April 25

All seminars are recorded for participants to watch on-demand, if desired.

Cost to districts:


  • "Hearing what other teachers had to say and their input helped me realize that it takes time, and with a little bit more practice, I can develop and grow my lessons."
  • "It was flexible, relevant, interesting and engaging. It was not a dry lecture with a brilliant philosopher speaking jargon that was undecodable. I like that although the final session is over, I have enough resources to continue my personal planning."
  • "The videos and the interaction during the seminar as well as in the community forum. I enjoyed watching sample lessons and being able to save collections as resources for my personal use."
  • "This was my first webinar. Everything was engaging!"
  • "I enjoyed learning something new, valuable, and relevant to my teaching, namely being introduced to the use of phenomena and using models."

Please contact Flavio Mendez ( for questions, additional information, and costs of the Enhanced E-Books.