NGSS Core Ideas: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
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This web seminar took place on January 28, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenters were Aaron Rogat of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Barbara Hug of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This was the eighth 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 life science concepts that answer questions such as "How do the structures of organisms enable life's functions?" and "How do organisms grow and develop?"


Dr. Hug began the presentation by discussing the arrangement of life science core ideas within NGSS and comparing them to previous standards. Next, Dr. Rogat shared an example of a learning progression, showing how a concept can be taught from early elementary through high school. The presenters then talked about strategies for instruction and shared links to resources. Participants had the opportunity to submit their questions and comments 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:

  • "I liked how they explained about how structure and function must be taught in a progression from simple to complex. Their examples were outstanding."
  • "I truly enjoyed learning more about the progressions and the examples of what they may look or sound like in elementary, middle, and high school."

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


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