NGSS Core Ideas: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
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This web seminar took place on March 11, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Cindy Passmore. This was the eleventh 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 are the characteristics of one generation related to the previous generation?" and "Why do individuals of the same species vary in how they look, function, and behave?"

Following an overview of the web seminar's main topics to be covered, Cindy Passmore discussed what makes LS4 a "core" idea and how its subsections A, B, C and D should be approached as being related to one another, rather than sequenced elements to be taught one after the other. Cindy then spoke about the concept of using models to explain and make sense of the natural world through two detailed examples about the Peppered moth and the Galapagos finches. Participants were able to post questions and comments at two break points as well as at the end of the web seminar.

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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 am starting to get a better idea of the distinction between DCIs, PEs, etc of NGSS."
  • "Great useful blend of NGSS, classroom resources and implementation in the classroom based on best-practice/ research."

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

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