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Next Generation Science Standards
Using the NGSS Practices in the Elementary Grades
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This web seminar took place on January 29, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenters were Heidi Schweingruber from the National Research Council, Deborah Smith from Penn State University, and Jessica Jeffries from State College Area School District. In this seminar the presenters talked about applying the scientific and engineering practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education in elementary-level classrooms.

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.


Second in a series of three programs, this web seminar provided insight into NGSS by discussing strategies for engaging elementary students in the eight scientific and engineering practices. Dr. Schweingruber began the presentation by describing young students’ competence for scientific thinking. She also emphasized the importance of effective instruction that supports learning over time. Dr. Smith and Ms. Jeffries showed how the practices actually work on the elementary level by sharing examples from Ms. Jeffries’ former kindergarten classroom.


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:

  • “This webinar was excellent. I plan to think of ways to incorporate parts of it in pre-service and in-service PD for elementary teachers.”
  • “Love the real example of how this was done in the classroom! Examples of results and obstacles teachers will encounter were especially valuable.”
  • “I always appreciate the information that is shared via these seminars. Thank you so much for hosting these valuable sessions.”

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


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