Next Generation Science Standards
Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Asking Questions and Defining Problems
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This web seminar took place on September 11, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Brian Reiser, professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. This program was the first 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.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this web seminar, Mr. Reiser talked about the first scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: asking questions and defining problems. After reviewing the structure of the Framework, Mr. Reiser talked about the knowledge and abilities students should have related to this first practice. He described where questions come from and where they can lead to, then he provided in-depth examples of what asking questions and defining problems can look like in the classroom. 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 one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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 especially liked unpacking the practices and showing with examples how they can be used with students.”
  • “This was interesting and can drive the learning environment in a positive way.”
  • “I enjoyed feeling like I'm incorporating up-to-date ideas in my classroom.”
  • “I found the speaker very knowledgeable and accessible and the content presented in a way that all teachers (new to veteran) could benefit.”

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

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