Next Generation Science Standards
Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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This web seminar took place on December 4, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Joe Krajcik from Michigan State University. This program was the seventh in a series of eight web seminars focused on the major practices contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the document that will inform the Next Generation Science Standards, due out in spring 2013.

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In this web seminar Dr. Krajcik talked about the seventh scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education: engaging in argument from evidence. First, he defined what it means to engage in argument, and then discussed the connections between this practice and the other seven practices. Dr. Krajcik offered strategies for supporting students as they engage in arguments, including modeling and scaffolding. He also explained how the practice looks in the classroom and provided examples. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare for the implementation of the standards.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Graduate Credit Available
Shippensburg University will offer one (1) graduate credit to individuals who have successfully completed NSTA’s Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards - Practices webinar series. The total cost is $165. For information on the course requirements, as well as registration and payment information visit

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I really enjoyed the clarification between argumentation and explanation. It helped me clarify my own understanding of the practices.”
  • “The multiple real-class examples were very useful. I appreciated the distinction the presenter made between claims, evidence and reasoning.”
  • “Very good presentation. This reinforced why we need to teach using argumentation and help our students develop critical thinking skills.”
  • “This webinar was fantastic. I will be able to use it in the classroom right away and when we do a week long staff training on the practices in June.”

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

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