Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Kindergarten
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This web seminar took place on September 17, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew. This was the first in a series of six web seminars focused the general architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards and the specific expectations for kindergarten-Fifth Grade.

The seminar was introduced by Ted Willard, NSTA's Director for NGSS, on how kindergarten standards fit into the framework in terms of core ideas and performance expectations. From there, the seminar was led by expert teachers Carla Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education, Penn State University; Mary Starr, Executive Director, Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network; and Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator, VT Agency of Education. Carla, Mary and Kathy engaged with participants to gauge their familiarity with NGSS for kindergarten, and provided a number of example activities and videos on how to implement it, e.g., different approaches to teaching weather and climate core ideas. The web seminar was then wrapped up by Ted Willard, who suggested a number of resources and events for participants to further develop their understanding of NGSS for kindergarten, as well as other grade levels.

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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 always enjoy seeing what others are doing in the classroom."
  • "Thank you for giving the basics of NGSS. I needed this foundational layer!"
  • "I learned some really good ideas for promoting the NGSS standards in elementary classrooms."

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

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Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York