Explore Three-Dimensional Instruction in Atlanta!

Take a deep dive into three-dimensional teaching and learning with a number of special events and nearly 300 sessions at the 2018 NSTA National Conference. Here are a few highlights!

Professional Learning Institutes

These daylong learning experiences take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Ticket purchase required; space is limited. For more information, visit the PLI page.

Three-Dimensional Instruction Two-Day Workshops

Wednesday, March 14 – Thursday, March 15

Choose from two workshops to kick start teacher training in your district on three-dimensional standards! In Level 1, participants build a solid understanding of the three dimensions and how they integrate and take home a powerful toolkit of resources to further their implementation efforts. In Level 2, participants deepen their understanding of three-dimensional teaching and learning by focusing on developing storylines and learning how to use their resources to support broader implementation efforts in their schools and districts.

Click here for more information and to register.


Friday, March 16, 2018 • Georgia World Congress Center, B102

The best place to explore instructional materials and three-dimensional instruction! The opening session describes tools you can use to evaluate resources and then there are five separate sessions highlighting instructional units designed to address 3-D standards. Click here for more information.

Participate in one or more presentations:

  • 8:00-9:00—Looking for NGSS-aligned instructional materials? (Matt Krehbiel)
  • 9:30-10:30—What’s the matter with Addie, and what should we do with CRISPR? Next Generation Storylines That Connect Science to Student Interests and Concerns (Bill Penuel, Douglas Watkins, Alyssa Orwig)
  • 11:00-12:00—A Model-Based Educational Resource for High School Biology (Richard Hedman, Candice Guy)
  • 12:30-1:30—Disruptions in Ecosystems: An NGSS-designed Middle School Unit and PD Model Dora Kastel, Anna MacPherson, Maia Binding)
  • 2:00-3:00—Interactions: A Free Three-dimensional Science Curriculum for 9th Grade Physical Science (Angela Kolonich, Kristin Mayer, Lora Kaldaras, Dan Damelin, Joseph Krajcik)
  • 3:30-4:30—How Can Light Help Me See and Communicate with Others? - A storyline designed to support three-dimensional learning in an early elementary classroom. (Brian Reiser, Michael Novak, Tara McGill, Sara Ivory, Brendan Vaughan)

NGSS@NSTA Share-a-Thon

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • Georgia World Congress Center, B102 • 9:30–10:30 AM

Get tips and tools to implement three-dimensional standards from NSTA’s NGSS Curators, NGSS writers, and other national education experts. Leave with plenty of resources and ideas you can use in your classroom right away!

Featured Presentations

  • Engaging All Students in Science
    Friday, March 16 • Georgia World Congress Center, B309 • 3:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)
  • 3-D Science Assessment: How Do You Still Make Construction a Priority?
    Saturday, March 17 • Georgia World Congress Center, A411/412b • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Stephen Pruitt (Kentucky Dept. of Education: Frankfort, KY)

Short Courses

These three-hour learning opportunities are scattered throughout the conference. Ticket purchase required; space is limited. For more information, visit the short course page.

  • SC-1: If You Can Think It, You Can Model It (Steven Roderick, Daniel Damelin, Joseph Krajcik , Tom Bielik)
    Thursday, March 15 • Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain C • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • SC-5: Designing and Using Three-Dimensional Assessments in Your Classroom (Katie Van Horne, Tamara Smolek)
    Friday, March 16 • Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain E • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • SC-8: Developing a Reasonable NGSS Transition Plan for My District or School (Nicholas Balisciano, Gail Emilsson)
    Friday, March 16 • Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain D • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SC-9: Putting the Pieces Together: Introduction and Implementation of 3-D Learning (Donna Barrett-Williams, Angela Ergle, Nicole Ford, Chanel Johnson, Amy Kilbride, Nyasha Okor)
    Friday, March 16 • Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain H • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • SC-11: Using NGSS Storylines to Support Students in Meaningful Engagement in Science and Engineering Practices (Brian Reiser, Michael Novak, Tara McGill)
    Saturday, March 17 • Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain H AM • 8:00 - 11:00 AM

NSTA Press Sessions

NSTA authors are national thought leaders in their field, and a number of them are offering sessions on NGSS topics. See the full list of NSTA Press Sessions here.

  • Unlocking the Vision of the NGSS in the Classroom: Implications for K–12 Teachers (Tricia Shelton, Mary Colson, Susan German, Kenneth Huff, Jack Rhoton)
    Thursday, March 15 • Georgia World Congress Center, B405 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Discover the NGSS: An Interactive Exploration of the Next Generation Science Standards (Leisa Clark)
    Thursday, March 15 • Georgia World Congress Center, A304 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Additional Highlights

  • Strategies for Districts to Implement NGSS or Other 3-D Performance Expectations (Matt Krehbiel)
    Thursday, March 15 • Georgia World Congress Center, A311 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Assessing 3-D Learning (Aneesha Badrinarayan)
    Saturday, March 17 • Georgia World Congress Center, A311 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM