The NSTA National Conference in St. Louis is the place to be to immerse yourself in ideas and best practices surrounding three-dimensional (3-D) instruction. Following are highlights of events, sessions, and programs focused on 3-D teaching, the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education (Framework), and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Check the NSTA conference page for the full schedule and for exact times and locations.

Register now!

Workshop: Designing Three-Dimensional Lessons and Units

Wed. and Thur., April 10–11 (Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deepen your understanding of three-dimensional teaching by developing storylines and learning how to use their resources to support implementation efforts in their schools and districts. (ticketed event)

View workshop page here.

Professional Learning Institutes

Wed., April 10 (Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At these day-long learning experiences you will explore a key topic in depth with 3-D teaching experts! (ticketed event)

View ticket prices and details for all PLIs.

NGSS@NSTA Forum: Tools for 3-D Teaching and Learning

Fri, April 12 (Room 226, America's Center)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:00-9:00 a.m.: Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS into Instruction and Classroom Assessment
by Jody Bintz
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Science Curriculum Topic Study (CTS)
by Page Keeley , Joyce Tugel Ted Willard Martin
11 am-noon: Using the EQUIP Rubric to Improve Instruction
by Tricia Shelton and Matt Kreibhel
12:30-1:30 pm: STEM Teaching Tools: Free Resources to Support Equitable 3D Science Instruction
by Philip Bell, Deb Morrison, and Nancy Price
2:00-3:00 p.m.: The NGSS@NSTA Hub
by Ted Willard
3:30-4:30 p.m.: NextGen TIME: Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation/ Transforming Implementation through Materials Evaluation
by Jody Bintz and Matt Krehbiel

NGSS@NSTA Share-a-Thon

Sat., April 13 (Hall 1, America's Center)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Get tips and tools to implement 3-D instruction and leave with plenty of handouts and ideas you can use in your classroom right away.

Short Course - C-8: Designing and Using Three-Dimensional Assessments in Your Classroom

Fri., April 12 (Laurel Salon A, Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown)
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ticketed event)

View short course page here.

Featured Speakers

Robert H. Carleton Lecture: Connecting the Dots…the Critical Role of Crosscutting Concepts
Cary Sneider, Visiting Scholar, Portland State University
Fri., April 12 (Room 274, America's Center)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Featured Presentation: Unlocking the Power of the NGSS
Paul Andersen, Educational Consultant and YouTube Creator
Fri., April 12 (Room 274, America's Center)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wait ... There’s More!

Visit the NSTA conference page for the full schedule of sessions. Use the session browser to search for session title, time, and location

  • Leveraging the Crosscutting Concepts to Support Sense-Making
  • Science for All Americans: 30 Years of Influencing Science Education
  • Passing the Sniff Test: What are Publishers Really Telling You in Their Alignment Claims?
  • Instructional Materials Review of Full-Year NGSS Instructional Materials by
  • OpenSciEd: An Open Educational Middle School Science Curriculum Designed for NGSS
  • Why Do Eggs Become Chickens or Other Living Things? A Middle School NGSS Storyline
  • What Can We and Should We Do with CRISPR? A Next Generation Storyline that Connects Science to Students Interests and Concerns
  • Assessing 3D Learning in the Classroom: How to Navigate Opportunities and Pitfalls
  • Doing 3D PD the NGSS@NSTA Way