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

Coming Soon!

This fall, NSTA will continue the NGSS web seminar series with sessions dedicated to the new standards by grade level. The first, on September 17, will discuss kindergarten standards. Succeeding web seminars will tackle 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Additional details will soon be available.

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

Don’t miss our next virtual conference Connecting Literacy and Science With NGSS and Common Core, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Science class provides the perfect context for practicing, even bolstering, important skills learned in other disciplines, including the crucial skills of reading, writing, and argumentation. Learn how to use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to improve literacy skills among your students with this NSTA Virtual Conference.

During this web-based professional learning opportunity participants will

  • Explore the connections between NGSS and the Common Core for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
  • Learn about specific strategies integrating literacy and science instruction
  • Ask questions of NGSS experts
  • Engage in dialogue with educators from across the country

This informative and highly interactive daylong experience will enable you to further your understanding of the NGSS, learn to make better use of the science-literacy connection in your instruction, and collaborate with colleagues around the country. Register today!

Check Out the Archives

Almost 600 teachers and administrators took advantage of our NGSS Practices in Action Virtual Conference in March, but don’t worry—you can access the virtual conference archive now and learn all about NGSS from leading experts in the science education community.

Even if you’re not teaching in an NGSS adoption state, you’ll glean useful information about best practices in modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, as well as grade-level and discipline-specific strategies you can incorporate into your classroom teaching.

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 in Summer 2014.


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!

  • Three Dimensions of NGSS (Color | B&W)
  • Inside the NGSS Box Diagram (Color | B&W)



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.