Next Generation Science Standards
Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Developing and Using Models
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This web seminar took place on September 25, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Christina Schwarz of Michigan State University and Cynthia Passmore of the University of California, Davis. This program was the second 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, Ms. Schwarz and Ms. Passmore talked about the second scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: developing and using models. First, Ms. Schwarz defined scientific models and the process of scientific modeling. Next, Ms. Passmore explained how modeling works with the other practices. Ms. Schwarz provided an in-depth example of modeling in action in a 5th grade classroom, and Ms. Passmore shared a vignette showcasing how modeling works at the high school level. 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:

  • “It is so relevant and filled with right-on science teaching that can be grasped by any teacher.”
  • “This one was EXCELLENT! I learned a lot. As a science coach, I know I need to provide a lot more training on modeling to change current practice.”
  • “I really appreciate this step by step method to learn about NGSS. Thanks to all of you who work so hard to make this available to us.”
  • “I loved the examples of exactly what this should look like in the classroom.”

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

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