Next Generation Science Standards
How to Lead a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft
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This Web Seminar took place on May 16, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Gerry Wheeler, interim Executive Director of NSTA, Harold Pratt, Past President of NSTA, and Ted Willard, Program Director at NSTA. In this seminar, the presenters talked specifically about how to convene a group of educators to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and develop feedback to submit for the next phase of this draft document.

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.

Gerry Wheeler began this program by discussing NSTA’s involvement with the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He talked about the area of the NSTA website dedicated to this project and the vital importance of teachers and other science education professionals giving feedback on the draft. Harold Pratt and Ted Willard teamed up to share the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how to conduct a study group. They discussed each section of the standards document in detail, then provided the steps for setting up a group to look closely at the standards and provide useful feedback.

One hundred and fifty-seven (157) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “As president of our state science association, it was helpful to get some ideas of how to provide professional development to our teachers in understanding the new standards.”
  • “This web seminar was very helpful in providing guidance as to how to lead a group in reviewing the science standards.”
  • “Tonight was a great follow up to the May 15, 2012 Web Seminar. Tonight helped me further understand the direction we are headed in Science and how to help explain the information.”
  • “It provided me some methods on how to facilitate group discussions.”

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

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