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Next Generation Science Standards
How to Lead a Study Group on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Second Public Draft
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This web seminar took place on January 7, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Harold Pratt, past president of NSTA, and Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In this program, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Willard provided detailed instructions for forming a study group to discuss the second draft of NGSS and provide feedback to the writers.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


In this web seminar Mr. Willard discussed the NGSS development process and the importance of the three dimensions identified in A Framework for K–12 Science Education: the eight scientific and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the disciplinary core ideas. Mr. Pratt talked about the steps for planning and implementing a study group to review the second draft of NGSS and submit feedback to be considered for the final version. Mr. Willard wrapped up the web seminar by providing information on resources related to NGSS, including NSTA publications, conference sessions, and additional web seminars.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I feel I am more prepared to review the new draft coming out tomorrow because I have a better understanding of how they are presented.”
  • “Thank you for the suggestions to address the NGSS from two possible perspectives. This gives me time to organize my group into the strategy that would be most beneficial to our group.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


See when other Next Generation Science Standards web seminars are scheduled.




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