The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Supporting the Implementation of the NGSS through Research: Professional Development

This web seminar took place on March 2, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Julie Luft, Adjunct Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and Ana Houseal, Science Outreach Educator for the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming.

Program abstract:
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) present a bold vision for science education that is challenging teachers to change their practice. Given the shifts in teaching and learning envisioned by the NGSS, it is inevitable that change is also required in how teachers engage in professional development. Join the past-Research Director of NSTA and members of NARST as they discuss Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Professional development (, and how teachers should pursue their own PD and important qualities of sound programs.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile 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 the discussion about the richness of working collaboratively in teacher studying/modeling/discussion/reflection groups. I also liked the idea of looking over several curriculum subjects such as writing, language arts, and science when doing long range planning individually and in teams."
  • "The presentations were clear, focused, and of interest to me. All presenters had great "radio voices.""
  • "I thought this was great. It gave a new look on professional development."
  • "Some great ideas for improving professional development."

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

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