Next Generation Science Standards
Shifting Instruction Through Practices: NGSS and Common Core in CA Schools: Getting Started

This web seminar took place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenters were longtime science education experts Cynthia Passmore, associate professor at UC Davis and Kathy DiRanna, director of the K-12 Alliance at WestED.

The presenters introduced the audience to the changes coming with Next Generation Science Standards, how NGSS and Common Core will move our students from "knowing about" to "figuring out," and how "figuring it out" in all science subjects means learning through practices. This free web seminar was offered as an introduction to a multifaceted and rich learning experience (summer institute, follow-up web seminar, and culminating event) around NGSS and CCSS that the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have developed for teachers this year. Learn more about this blended learning experience that begins in July.

View the web seminar archive.

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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:

  • "This was an excellent seminar that helped to clarify aspects of the NGSS and revealed how it connects with the Common Core. The presenters were superb!"
  • "I enjoyed the session and I am looking forward to July, September, and December."
  • "I loved how colleagues shared resources and ideas on the chat window."
  • "I liked the interactive component. The presenters were clear and knowledgeable. There was a nice pacing to the overall seminar."

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

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