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NGSS Core Ideas: Earth and Human Activity
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This web seminar took place on December 3, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenters were Susan Buhr Sullivan, Director of the CIRES Education and Outreach Group at University of Colorado; and Aida Awad, Science Department Chair at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL and president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). This was the seventh 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 "How do humans depend on Earth's resources?" and "How do humans change the planet?"


Dr. Buhr Sullivan began the presentation by describing the interconnections between this disciplinary core idea and other components of NGSS. She then talked about building a foundation for key concepts related to Earth and Human Activity at the elementary level. Ms. Awad continued the discussion by sharing the progression of this core idea through the middle school level and on to high school. The presenters provided a list of resources and activities that teachers can use to begin implementing NGSS in the classroom. Participants had the opportunity to submit questions and share their feedback in the chat.


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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:

  • "Great information presented in a concise, organized manner. Speakers were great. Relevant, authentic examples, too."
  • "The presenters did a great job of presenting current and useable lessons at each grade level and did a wonderful job of showing specific correlations to NGSS and Common Core."

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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