Teaching NGSS in K-5: Constructing Explanations from Evidence
This web seminar took place on July 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, (Penn State University), Mary Starr, (Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network), and Kathy Renfrew (Vermont Agency of Education).

After a brief introduction by NSTA's Ted Willard about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr, and Kathy Renfrew, provided an overview of the NGSS for K-5th grade. The web seminar focused on the three dimensional learning of the NGSS, while introducing CLAIMS-EVIDENCE-REASONING (CER) as a framework for introducing explanations from evidence. The presenters highlighted and discussed the importance of engaging learners with phenomena, and included a demonstration on using a KLEWS chart to map the development of scientific explanations of those phenomena.


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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:

  • “NGSS is relatively new to me. So, I've learned how it could be used. The resources would be helpful. In addition, the chat window engages me when I get to participate in the seminar.”
  • “I really liked the video that was included that provided further understanding of what this would look/sound like!”
  • “Loved the opportunity to learn how to improve my teaching on-line and free of charge. I will go back to read more about KLEWS, so that I can implement this in my classroom.”
  • “Thank you so much! I found that the web seminar was very helpful, and it certainly validated what I believe NGSS strives to achieve. The video example and discussion that followed was extremely helpful. I also liked the sharing of the KLEWS chart.”

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




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