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.
2014 National Conference in Boston
NSTA’s upcoming annual conference in Boston, April 3-6, provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the NGSS and what your colleagues are doing to prepare for implementation. Register now!
Other Boston conference strands highlight
- Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship
- Engineering and Science: Technological Partners
- Teaching Elementary Science with Confidence!
Saturday, April 5
Special One-Day Event Sponsored by GE and FREE to all National Conference Attendees!
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 210 A & B
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide the perfect framework for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction. Take a deep dive into the NGSS with a series of five back-to-back sessions led by NGSS writers, state science supervisors, assessment experts, and more:
- 9:30 a.m., Planning an NGSS Curriculum, While the NGSS specify what students need to learn, educators at the state, district, and school level face many choices in developing a curriculum to support the standards. This session will provide guidance based on the model course maps in the appendixes of the NGSS.
- 11:00 a.m., Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction, The NGSS describe what students need to be able to do at the end of instruction, but don’t specify what teachers and students need to do to make it happen in the classroom. This session will look at how educators can design classroom instruction to help their students achieve the standards.
- 12:30 p.m., Finding and Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric and the NGSS@NSTA Hub, To aid the search for resources that support NGSS, NSTA and Achieve have been working with science educators across the country to develop a rubric for determining whether resources address the letter and spirit of the standards. In addition, NSTA has formed a group of 55 curators who are using this rubric to identify resources that support the standards. These resources will be one of many features of the NGSS@NSTA Hub, a new digital destination to support educators’ implementation of NGSS.
- 2:00 p.m., Literacy and Science: NGSS and Common Core ELA, Both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards emphasize discourse, sense making, and evidence-based argumentation. This session will look at the commonalities between both sets of standards and how they can be integrated during instruction.
- 3:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: The Future of Assessment With NGSS, The performance expectations in the NGSS were designed to require assessment that would not measure just what students know, but what they can do with that knowledge. Many changes will be necessary in what assessment looks like, from simple formative assessment within the classroom to statewide (and possibly nationwide) summative assessments. This panel discussion will feature the perspectives of educators who have begun to explore this new world.
Participate in one or all of the presentations.
Boston Professional Development Institutes
Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) are daylong, in-depth PD events with linked pathway sessions that occur throughout the conference. PDI Work Sessions are one-day standalone events that do not have additional linked sessions.
- PDI-1: NGSS Practices of Science: Student Reasoning at the Core of Science Instruction
- PDI-2: Increasing Language Skills and Access to Rigorous Science Education: Examining the Opportunities that the Next Generation Science Standards Provide to English Learners
- PDI-3: Building STEM Capacity with NGSS: Addressing Engineering and Technology in the Next Generation Science Standards
- PDI-4: Integrating Science Practices with Common Core Literacy Strategies Using Teaching Cases and Online Data Tools
- Work Session 1: Designing Effective Science Lessons Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards
- Work Session 2: Developing Formative and Summative Assessments of NGSS Performance Expectations
- Work Session 3: NGSS 101: An Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards
The popular NGSS@NSTA web seminar series continues on Tuesday, January 28, with presentations focused on the life science disciplinary core ideas from the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information—or to register for a free web seminar—click on the link below.
- February 11, NGSS Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Presenters: Andy Anderson and Jennifer Doherty
- February 25, NGSS Core Ideas: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, Presenter: Ravit Golan
- March 11, NGSS Core Ideas: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, Presenter: Cindy Passmore
Or view the archive of past programs that concentrated on the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices.
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
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
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.