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.
Online Short Course
“Moving Toward NGSS: Connecting Science to Common Core With Picture-Perfect Science Lessons”
This short course will provide practical insights into connecting science and literacy standards in elementary classrooms.
- Instructor: Emily Morgan, NSTA Press Author (Picture-Perfect Science series, Teaching Science Through Trade Books, and Next Time You See children’s book series)
- Course duration: April 21 – May 9, 2014
- Member price: $179
- Nonmember price: $199
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 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
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.
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.
- “NGSS for English Language Learners: From Theory to Planning to Practice” by Emily Miller, Hedi Baxter Lauffer, and Paula Messina
- ”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 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!
- NGSS Organized by Topic and Disciplinary Core Idea (Color | B&W)
- Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS
- Science and Engineering Practices
- Crosscutting Concepts
- Engineering Connections
- Nature of Science Connections
Venn Diagrams (Developed by Understanding Language at Stanford University)
- Venn Diagram of Practices in Science, Math, & ELA (Color | B&W)
- Explanation of the Venn Diagram of Practices in NGSS, CCSS-Math, & CCSS-ELA
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.