Let NSTA ease the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. NSTA helps science educators build understanding of the NGSS and provides a pathway for incorporating the new standards into classroom instruction. From outstanding books to FREE web seminars, and from conference sessions to online short courses, NSTA’s rich professional development resources offer plenty of opportunities to begin your professional learning around NGSS today.

NGSS Video Collection

collage2 (2)A highlight of the NSTA National Conference in Boston was a daylong event—the NGSS@NSTA Forum—featuring sessions on NGSS curriculum planning, classroom instruction, resource evaluation, connection to Common Core, and assessment. NSTA captured video of this popular event and is pleased to offer five individual video sessions to our members as a special members-only benefit.

The sessions, given by NGSS writers, state science supervisors, assessment experts, and others include:

Watch highlights of the videos here.

Make the videos part of your learning plan to better understand the Next Generation Science Standards and prepare for implementation. NSTA members are invited to access any of the session videos by first logging in to the NSTA Learning Center. Not an NSTA member yet? For a limited time, you can download one session for free. Members and nonmembers can view and download all presenters’ handouts.

To learn more, go to http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/ngss_forum_videos.aspx.

Web Seminars

Registration Now Open

Review the general architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards and the specific expectations for each elementary grade level. Then learn how to use the standards to plan curriculum and instruction. During each of these 90-minute web seminars, you will also have an opportunity to

  • deepen your understanding of how the three dimensions of NGSS (practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) are designed to blend together during classroom instruction;
  • dive into one or two examples of what the teaching and learning to achieve NGSS looks like in a specific grade; and
  • discuss instructional practices with other teachers of the same grade level and begin the development of a grade-level community in the NSTA Learning Center to support students learning.

Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr, Kathy Renfrew

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Kindergarten, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—First Grade, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Second Grade, Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Third Grade, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fourth Grade, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fifth Grade, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

View the Archives

Increase your understanding of the standards and learn how to implement NGSS in the classroom with the popular NGSS@NSTA web seminar series. The full archive of past programs can be accessed for free.

Virtual Conference

virtconfRegistration Now Open: NGSS Practices in Action

Are you looking for practical strategies for integrating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your classroom? Join NSTA for an intensive one-day virtual conference to learn how to apply the NGSS practices with K-12 students. During this web-based professional learning opportunity participants will:

  • Explore the practices modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering
  • Learn about specific strategies by grade level and discipline
  • Ask questions of NGSS experts
  • Engage in dialogue with science educators from across the country

Hone your understanding of NGSS and discover methods to use in your classroom right away during this can’t-miss opportunity. Explore the agenda and register today!

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. MT
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT

Member price: $79 | Nonmember price: $99

Check Out the Archives

Nearly 350 educators recently took part in a daylong virtual conference and learned practical strategies for integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into their classrooms, and you can too. Now available is the best of the Connecting Literacy and Science with NGSS and Common Core archive for only $79 for NSTA Members and $99 for nonmembers. This web-based professional learning opportunity featured interactive sessions from more than a dozen presenters who explored the crucial skills of reading, writing, and science discourse. According to one teacher, “I learned useful strategies that I will use in the classroom. I also do not feel so overwhelmed about the implementation of the CCSS in the science classroom.” Even if you’re not teaching in an NGSS adoption state, you’ll glean useful information about making the science-literacy connection in your classroom teaching.

Get the archive online.

EQuIP Rubric

Newly released! Achieve, in collaboration with NSTA, has released the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science. The rubric is an effective tool that enables teachers and administrators, in teams or individually, to measure not only how closely instructional materials align to the Next Generation Science Standards, but also the overall quality of the materials.

NSTA has formed a group of 55 curators who are using the rubric to identify resources that support the standards. These resources will be available later this year.


NSTA is your complete source for credible and timely publications on NGSS. Purchase your own print copies of the NGSS and A Framework for K-12 Science Education, as well as these must-have resources from NSTA Press:

Translating the NGSS for Classroom InstructionScience for the Next GenerationNSTA Reader's Guide to the NGSSNGSSNSTA Reader's Guide to a FrameworkFramework for K-12 Science Education

New From NSTA Press!

Brunsell90 Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide is chock-full of practical ways to introduce the structure of the NGSS, model activities and protocols to deepen understanding of all three dimensions, processes for using “backwards design” principles for developing rich instructional units, and much more. Read author Eric Brunsell’s blog post, in which he discusses the professional development approach he and his colleagues used to help teachers understand the NGSS more deeply while simultaneously exploring curricular issues.

Journal Articles

Gain a better understanding of NGSS with help from NSTA’s growing collection of journal articles authored by NGSS lead writers and others. Articles examine the practices, crosscutting concepts, connections to common core, and more.

NSTA Reports


NGSSApp2NSTA is excited to announce a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards, in partnership with Mastery Connect.

You can download the Next Generation Science Standards app by searching “MasteryConnect” or “Next Generation Science Standards” in your app store or by visiting the iOS Store,  Android Marketplace, or Windows Store.

The Next Generation Science Standards app gives you multiple ways to view the standards, including DCI and Topic arrangements, and also includes convenient search functionality. The app also makes referencing standards in the Common Core simple by providing linkage between the NGSS app and MasteryConnect’s Common Core app.


Great as a reference on your bulletin board, to share with colleagues during professional learning sessions, or for presentations, these supporting documents come in handy!



Venn Diagrams (Developed by Understanding Language at Stanford University)

Parent Q and A


Because the Next Generation Science Standards mark a significant shift in how science is both taught and learned, parents may be curious as to what their children’s classrooms will look like. To help parents better understand the importance of standards and the role they play in education, NSTA has developed a short Q&A for parents. This tool explains what standards are in general and why the NGSS in particular are so critical for developing college and career readiness in the sciences. The Q&A is a great resource for science teachers, principals, and other administrators to distribute to and discuss with parents. 


NSTA Position Statement on Next Generation Science Standards

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.