Explore the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Los Angeles!

Take a deep dive into three-dimensional teaching and learning with a number of special events and more than 350 sessions at the 2017 NSTA National Conference. Here are a few highlights!

Professional Learning Institutes

These daylong learning experiences take place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. Ticket purchase required; space is limited. For more information, visit the PLI page.

  • PLI-1: Disciplinary Core Ideas: Reshaping Teaching and Learning (Joseph Krajcik, Ravit Golan Duncan, Ann Rivet)
  • PLI-2: Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices (Christina Schwarz, Cynthia Passmore, Brian Reiser)
  • PLI-5: Moving Standards into Practice: Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS into Instruction and Classroom Assessment (Jody Bintz, Dora Kastel)
  • PLI-6: District-Level Administrators: You Are Not Alone in the NGSS Universe! (David Crowther, Eric Brunsell, Kelly Price-Colley, John Putnam, Ted Willard, Wendy Binder, Flavio Mendez)

Discover the NGSS Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Wednesday, March 29–Thursday, March 30

Kick start the NGSS teacher training in your school or district. This two-day program helps you build your team of experts by giving them a solid understanding of the NGSS, a guide for conducting teacher training using the interactive e-book, and the ongoing support they need to be leaders. Ticket purchase required; space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.


Friday, March 31, 2017 • Los Angeles Convention Center, 151

The Best Place to Explore Assessments and the Next Generation Science Standards! Join leading national experts as they discuss issues around classroom and large-scale assessments in the context of three-dimensional instruction. Click here for more information. Participate in one or more presentations:

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM — Designing and Using Classroom Assessments to Support Meaningful NGSS Investigations (Philip Bell, Shelley Stromholt, Deb Morrison)
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM — Next Generation Science Assessments (NGSA) Project (Joseph Krajcik, Christopher Harris)
  • 11:00 AM – 12 Noon — How Do You Know If an Assessment Is Measuring Three-Dimensional Reasoning? (Jill Wertheim, Cathy Zozakiewicz)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM — How Do We Grade Students in a Three Dimensional Classroom? (James Clark and Samantha Johnson)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM — Developing a Coherent Assessments System from the Classroom to the Year-End Exam (Stephen Pruitt)
  • 3:30 – 4:30 PM — The Next Generation of Statewide Assessments (Michelle Center, Peter McLaren, Stephen Pruitt)

NGSS@NSTA Share-a-Thon

Saturday, April 1, 2017 • Los Angeles Convention Center, 151 • 9:30–11:00 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

  • Classroom Assessment and the NGSS
    Thursday, March 30 • Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall C • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
  • NGSS ... Now What?
    Friday, March 31 • Los Angeles Convention Center, Theatre (411) • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Laura Henriques (California State University)

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: The Instructional Leader's Guide to NGSS (Peter McLaren and Joyce Tugel)
  • SC-2: Lessons Learned: The California NGSS K–8 Early Implementation Initiative (Kathy DiRanna)
  • SC-3: A Short Course on Analyzing and Adapting Three-Dimensional Assessment Tasks (Katie Van Horne, Christopher Harris)
  • SC-4: A PEEC into Evaluating NGSS Instructional Materials Programs (Matthew Krehbiel)
  • SC-9: NGSS: Three Dimensions in Action in a California Early Implementer Classroom (Karen Cerwin, Christina Miramontes, Alyssa Nemecekova)

NGSS@NSTA Curator Sessions

Join our curators as they share some of the best resources they’ve discovered for classroom, as well as their vetting process. You can also meet curators at the NSTA Hub, located near the registration booth.

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.

  • Diving into the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: How and Why They Are Important for Teaching and Learning (Ann Rivet, Ravit Golan Duncan, Joseph Krajcik)
    Thursday, March 30 • JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Diamond Ballroom Salon 3 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Learning to Read the Earth and Sky, Explorations Supporting the NGSS (Russell Colson, Mary Colson)
    Friday, March 31 • JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Diamond Ballroom Salon 3 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Discover the NGSS: An Interactive Exploration of the Next Generation Science Standards (Leisa Clark, Kara Pantalena, Eleonore Dixon-Roche)
    Saturday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM • Los Angeles Convention Center, 507
  • Learn Strategies to Help You Implement the NGSS Practices! (Susan Koba, Anne Tweed)
    Saturday, April 1 • JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Diamond Ballroom Salon 3 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM