Next Generation Science Standards
Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
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This web seminar took place on October 9, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rick Duschl of Penn State University. This program was the third 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.

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In this web seminar, Mr. Duschl talked about the third scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: planning and carrying out investigations. He shared an example of a lesson that uses the skills included in this practice, including generating evidence, designing experiments, and evaluating evidence. He also discussed the role of prior knowledge in scientific thinking and the importance of giving students opportunities to gain direct experience with these skills. 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:

  • “This was topnotch! Enjoyed the connections to my own teaching beliefs and many helpful slides that I can use to share with colleagues while leading PD.”
  • “This presentation was very helpful in leading us towards the NGSS expectations. Thank you!”
  • “The seminar was very helpful because it gave examples of student work to demonstrate clearly the expected student performance.”
  • “Excellent information for deeper understanding of Practices.”

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

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