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NGSS Core Ideas: Earth’s Systems
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This web seminar took place on November 19, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Jill Wertheim from National Geographic Society. This was the sixth web seminar in a series focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about Earth science concepts that answer questions such as "What regulates weather and climate?" and "What causes earthquakes and volcanoes?"


Dr. Wertheim began the presentation by introducing a framework for thinking about content related to Earth systems. She then showed learning progressions for each concept within the Earth's Systems disciplinary core idea and shared resources and strategies for addressing student preconceptions. Dr. Wertheim also talked about changes in the way NGSS addresses these ideas compared to previous common approaches. Participants had the opportunity to submit questions and share their feedback in the chat.


A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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 loved how the presenter showed how the concepts were traditionally presented then showed resources better suited for presenting NGSS way of thinking."
  • "This has been the most relevant webinar I have attended yet. Many of the concepts covered were explained in a way that I easily understand how to incorporate the material into my classroom instruction."

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.


Twenty-six states led the development of Next Generation Science Standards through a broad collaborative process including many teachers and stakeholders. NSTA was a partner in the standards development process. Read more about NGSS@NSTA.




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