This Web Seminar took place on May 15, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Gerry Wheeler, interim Executive Director of NSTA, and Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research, and Development at Achieve, Inc. In this seminar, the presenters talked about the newly released draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and some of the changes in direction for science education standards set forth in this document.
Gerry Wheeler began this program by discussing NSTA’s involvement with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He talked about the area of the NSTA website dedicated to this project and shared information on the COMPASS program and related discussion forums in the NSTA Learning Center. Stephen Pruitt gave an overview of the newly released draft of NGSS. He described some of the practice changes recommended by this document and then walked users through its unique structure. He reminded the audience that the document is in draft stage and emphasized the point that feedback from teachers and the rest of the science education community will be critical for helping this draft move toward completion.
Two hundred and ninety (290) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico. Four participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Brazil, Honduras, Germany, and Turkey.
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.