NGSS@NSTA Forum Video Collection

FREE NGSS VIDEOS - You can now download five educational videos on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), each one hour in length. Explore NGSS curriculum planning, classroom instruction, resource evaluation, connection to Common Core, and assessment with these videos full of valuable content. Sessions are presented by NGSS writers, state science supervisors, assessment experts and others.

Visit the NGSS@NSTA Hub and let NSTA be your source for tools, resources, and support to help you implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

Planning an NGSS Curriculum

While the NGSS specify what students need to learn, educators at the state, district, and school level face many choices in developing a curriculum to support the standards. This session provides guidance based on the model course maps in the appendixes of the NGSS.

Matt Krehbiel Matt Krehbiel
Science Program Consultant
Kansas Department of Education

View video
View presentation

Download Handouts
Middle School Component Idea Cards (164 KB pdf)
High School Component Idea Cards (462 KB pdf)



Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

The NGSS describe what students need to be able to do at the end of instruction, but don't specify what teachers and students need to do to make it happen in the classroom. This session-based on the best-selling NSTA Press book, Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction - looks at how educators can design classroom instruction to help their students achieve the standards.

Rodger Bybee Rodger Bybee
Executive Director (Retired)
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Kim Bess Kim Bess
Science Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education

View video
Download presentation (2.95 MB pptx)

Download handouts
NGSS Grade 5 Performance Expectations (5.64 KB docx)
Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (28 KB docx)
Dimensions Chart (97 KB pdf)



Finding and Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric and the NGSS@NSTA Hub

To aid the search for resources that support the NGSS, NSTA and Achieve have been working with science educators across the country to develop a rubric for determining if resources address the letter and spirit of the standards. In addition, NSTA has formed a group of 55 curators who are using this rubric to identify resources that support the standards. These resources will be one of many features of the NGSS@NSTA Hub, a digital destination to support educators' implementation of the NGSS.

Molly Ewing Molly Ewing
Program Associate
Content, Research & Development
Achieve, Inc.
Joe Krajcik Joe Krajcik
Professor of Science Education and Director for the CREATE for STEM Institute
Michigan State University
Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez
Senior Director
NSTA Learning Center
Ted Willard Ted Willard
Program Director
NGSS@NSTA

View video
Download presentation (6.68 MB pptx)

View online version of EQuIP Rubric



Literacy and Science: NGSS and Common Core ELA

Both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards emphasize discourse, sense making, and evidence-based argumentation. This session looks at the commonalities between both sets of standards and how they can be integrated during instruction.

Karen Cerwin Karen Cerwin
Regional Director
K-12 Alliance/WestEd
Kathy DiRanna Kathy DiRanna
Statewide Director
K-12 Alliance/WestEd

View video
Download presentation (1.85 MB pptx)

Download handouts
Adapted Writing Rubric - Sci and ELA (1.85 MB docx)
Elementary Rubric (1.85 MB docx)
Folding Text Type ELA Comparison (1.85 MB docx)
Why Does Ice Float in Water and not in Alcohol (1.85 MB docx)
Writing Explanation (1.85 MB docx)



Panel Discussion: The Future of Assessment with the NGSS

The performance expectations in the NGSS were designed to require assessment that would measure not just what students know, but what they can do with that knowledge. Many changes will be necessary in what assessment looks like, from simple formative assessment within the classroom to statewide (and possibly nationwide) summative assessments. This panel discussion features the perspectives of educators who have begun to explore this new world.

David Evans David Evans
Executive Director
National Science Teachers Association (Moderator)
Lee Ann Nickerson Lee Ann Nickerson
K-12 Science Specialist
Jefferson County Public Schools
Louisville, KY
Joe Krajcik Joe Krajcik
Professor of Science Education and Director for the CREATE for STEM Institute
Michigan State University
Susan Tierney Susan Tierney
Product Manager
NextGen Science Assessment Program
Measured Progress
Peter McLaren Peter McLaren
Science and Technology Specialist
Rhode Island Department of Education
April McCrae April McCrae
Education Associate
Science Assessment
Delaware Department of Education

View video