NSTA Position Statement Provides Recommendations for Successful Implementation of the NGSS
In a position statement released today, NSTA makes a series of recommendations for science education stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and transform K–12 STEM education. The statement expresses NSTA’s strong endorsement for the NGSS and calls on states to adopt the new standards. It also outlines the steps needed to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge required for college and STEM careers and to be well-informed citizens.
Read the press release here.
Read the position statement here.
Washington Is Latest State to Adopt New Science Standards
Congratulations to Washington State, which last week joined Delaware, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont and became the eighth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Governor Jay Inslee and state superintendent Randy Dorn were on hand at Cascades Middle School last Friday to announce the news; read more about NGSS in Washington and how students are using fat kittens, skateboards, and BMX bikes to learn science.
New Online Short Course
Join bestselling author Emily Morgan in a three-week online short course focused on connecting the NGSS with the Common Core State Standards, English Language Arts through the use of high-quality, science-related picture books. “Moving Toward NGSS: Connecting Science to Common Core With Picture-Perfect Science Lessons” will explore the 5E instructional model as a way to sequence elementary science lessons and introduce several quality science trade books that can be used to teach the NGSS and Common Core ELA standards. The course will run from December 2–20, 2013. Registration fees are $179 for NSTA members, $199 for nonmembers. Optional graduate credit will be available for an additional fee.