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Next Generation Science Standards
Next Generation Science Standards Web Seminar Series

Twenty-six states led the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through a collaborative process that included many teachers and stakeholders. NSTA was a partner in the standards development process. Based on A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the NGSS incorporate three important dimensions—science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. NSTA continues to offer free web seminars to help science educators increase their understanding of the standards and implement NGSS in the classroom. Access more NGSS@NSTA resources.


Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Review the general architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards and the specific expectations for Kindergarten - Fifth Grade.

September 17 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Kindergarten Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew
October 22 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School-First Grade Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew
November 19 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School-Second Grade Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew
December 17 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School-Third Grade Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew
January 21 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School-Fourth Grade Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew
February 18 Teaching NGSS in Elementary School-Fifth Grade Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew

Summer 2014

The NGSS@NSTA web seminar series continues this summer with programs on engineering design, the nature of science, and the EQuIP rubric.

July 15 Engineering Design as a Core Idea Presenter: Cary Sneider
July 22 The Nature of Science in NGSS Presenter: Norman Lederman
July 29 Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric Presenters: Brian J. Reiser and Joe Krajcik

Winter/Spring 2014

The NGSS@NSTA web seminar series continues with a special session on assessment, followed by presentations focused on the life science disciplinary core ideas.

January 14 Assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards Presenters: Joan Herman and Nancy Butler Songer
January 28 NGSS Core Ideas: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes Presenters: Barbara Hug and Aaron Rogat
February 11 NGSS Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Presenters: Andy Anderson and Jennifer Doherty
February 25 NGSS Core Ideas: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits Presenter: Ravit Golan Duncan
March 11 NGSS Core Ideas: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Presenter: Cindy Passmore

Fall 2013

Educators learned about the disciplinary core ideas contained in NGSS by participating in this series of web seminars.

September 10 NGSS Core Ideas: Matter and Its Interactions Presenter: Joe Krajcik
September 24 NGSS Core Ideas: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer Presenters: Ramon Lopez and Jeff Nordine
October 8 NGSS Core Ideas: Energy Presenters: Jeff Nordine and Ramon Lopez
October 22 NGSS Core Ideas: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions Presenters: Alicia Alonzo and Alex Robinson
November 5 NGSS Core Ideas: Earth's Place in the Universe Presenter: Julia Plummer
November 19 NGSS Core Ideas: Earth's Systems Presenter: Jill Wertheim
December 3 NGSS Core Ideas: Earth and Human Activity Presenters: Susan Buhr Sullivan and Aida Awad

Winter/Spring 2013

After the release of the standards on April 9, 2013, NSTA presented a web seminar featuring an overview of the final document and next steps for implementation.

April 16 Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards Presenter: Stephen Pruitt

This web seminar series on the crosscutting concepts provided K-12 teachers with strategies for implementing NGSS in the classroom.

June 11 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models Presenter: Ramon Lopez
June 6 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function Presenters: Cindy Hmelo-Silver and Rebecca Jordan
May 28 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Stability and Change Presenter: Brett Moulding
April 30 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation Presenters: Andy Anderson and Joyce Parker
March 19 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity Presenters: Amy Taylor and Kelly Riedinger
March 5 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation Presenter: Tina Grotzer
February 19 NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns Presenter: Kristin Gunckel

In this web seminar series, teachers learned about classroom application of the practices described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

February 12 Connections Between Practices in NGSS, Common Core Math, and Common Core ELA Presenter: Sarah Michaels
January 29 Using the NGSS Practices in the Elementary Grades Presenters: Heidi Schweingruber and Deborah Smith
January 15 Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards Presenter: Mariel Milano

NSTA presented two web seminars about the second draft of NGSS.

January 9 Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Second Public Draft Presenter: Stephen Pruitt
January 7 How to Lead a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Second Public Draft Presenters: Harold Pratt and Ted Willard


Fall 2012

NSTA presented a series of web seminars on the practices described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Each web seminar focused on a particular practice outlined in the Framework and provided information on:

  • the key elements of the practice;
  • how the practice is part of the broader set of practices that work together (and how no practice is taught in isolation);
  • how the practice can be used in combination with disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts to form performance expectations; and
  • what the use of the practice really looks like in the classroom.
December 18 Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information Presenters: Philip Bell, Leah Bricker, and Katie Van Horne
December 4 Engaging in Argument from Evidence Presenter: Joe Krajcik
November 20 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions Presenters: Katherine McNeill and Leema Berland
November 6 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking Presenters: Robert Mayes and Bryan Shader
October 23 Analyzing and Interpreting Data Presenter: Ann Rivet
October 9 Planning and Carrying Out Investigations Presenter: Rick Duschl
September 25 Developing and Using Models Presenters: Christina Schwarz and Cynthia Passmore
September 11 Asking Questions and Defining Problems Presenter: Brian Reiser

Spring 2012

NSTA presented two web seminars focused on the first draft of NGSS.

May 16 How to Lead a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft Presenters: Ted Willard and Harold Pratt
May 15 Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft Presenter: Stephen Pruitt



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