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.
NSTA 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.
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 Instruction
- Science for the Next Generation
- The NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards
- The NSTA Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education
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.
Check back regularly for news on upcoming sessions!
Learn about NGSS through NSTA’s series of free interactive web seminars. Register now for upcoming programs focused on the disciplinary core ideas, including
- October 22, NGSS Core Ideas: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Presenter: Alicia Alonzo
- November 5, NGSS Core Ideas: Earth’s Place in the Universe, Presenter: Julia Plummer
- November 19, NGSS Core Ideas: Earth’s Systems, Presenter: Jill Wertheim
- December 3, NGSS Core Ideas: Earth and Human Activity, Presenter: Susan Buhr Sullivan
Or view the archive of past programs that concentrated on the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices.
Presentations at recent NSTA conferences have offered teachers an introduction to the new standards. NSTA’s fall conferences provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about the NGSS and what your colleagues are doing to prepare for implementation. Upcoming conference strands highlight elementary classrooms, engineering and STEM instruction, and integrating literacy and science:
- Bridging Elementary and Secondary Science With the Common Core
- Bridging to the Highly Anticipated Next Generation Science Standards—What’s in It for Me?
- Building Bridges Within STEM Education
*Preview a select list of sessions from the NSTA Portland Conference that focus on NGSS.
*Preview a select list of sessions from the NSTA Charlotte Conference that focus on NGSS.
- PreK–8 Science: A Playground for Literacy and Mathematics
- Engineering the Engineering: Connecting the Why to the How
- Exploring STEM: Inside and Out
*Preview a select list of sessions from the NSTA Denver Conference that focus on NGSS.
Check back regularly for news about our National Conference in Boston, especially updates about what Professional Development Institutes are being offered.
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.
- “The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences” by Michael Wysession
- “The Next Generation Science Standards: a Focus on Physical Science” by Joe Krajcik
- “The Next Generation Science Standards and the Life Sciences: The important features of life science standards for elementary, middle, and high school levels” by Rodger Bybee
- “Exploring the Science Framework: Making connections in math with the common core state standards” by Robert Mayes and Thomas R. Koballa, Jr.
- “Exploring the Science Framework: Engaging learners in scientific practices related to obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information” by Philip Bell, Leah Bricker, Carrie Tzou, Tiffany Lee, and Katie Van Horne
- “Exploring the New Standards: How to form a study group to examine the Next Generation Science Standards, second public draft” by Ted Willard, Harold Pratt, and Cindy Workosky
- “Engaging Students in the Scientific Practices of Explanation and Argumentation” by Brian J. Reiser, Leema K. Berland, and Lisa Kenyon
- “Engaging Students in Scientific Practices: What does constructing and revising models look like in the science classroom?” by Joseph Krajcik and Joi Merritt
- “The Second Dimension—Crosscutting Concepts” by Richard A. Duschl
- “Core Ideas of Engineering and Technology” by Cary Sneider
- “Scientific and Engineering Practices in K–12 Classrooms” by Rodger W. Bybee
- NSTA Stepping Stones to Help You Prepare for New Science Standards, January 2013
- Anticipating the Next Generation Science Standards, April 2012
- Making the Most of the NGSS, November 2011
- A Framework for the Next Generation, September 2011