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.
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.