Too good to miss

NSTA Express posted the following information this week.  It includes resources to support your review and understanding of the NGSS including an alert about a new series on the Crosscutting Concepts. All in all it is just too good to miss!

From the NSTA Express:

Last week Achieve released the second (and final) public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All science educators, administrators, and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review the draft and provide feedback online to Achieve during the comment period, which endsJanuary 29. Review the draft here.

NSTA has a vast collection of materials organized by topic and disciplinary core ideas to help you study the second public draft of NGSS. Find them here.

Take a look at the short video developed by Matt Krehbiel, Science Education Program Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education, that will help you to navigate the Next Generation Science Standards website and the Achieve survey.

Learn more and sign up for one of these upcoming NSTA webinars on Engineering Practices in NGSS (1/15); Using the NGSS Practices in the Elementary Grades (1/29); or Making Connections Between NGSS and Common Core Math and ELA (2/12).

Watch Montana teacher of the year Paul Anderson’s comprehensive video series on NGSS.

Take a peek at one of the eight webinars presented earlier this fall that focused on the Scientific and Engineering Practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education.

Mark your calendars now and look for more information on the NGSS webinars coming this winter and spring (all of them 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET):

  • February 19: Patterns
  • March 5: Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  • March 19: Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • April 2: Systems and system models
  • April 16: Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • April 30: Structure and function
  • May 14: Stability and change

Read and download NSTA’s growing collection of monthly journal articles exploring the Framework. Articles examine the practices, crosscutting concepts, connections to common core, and more. Watch for upcoming articles on the core ideas by Rodger Bybee, Joe Krajcik, and Michael Wysession.

Learn more about the new members-only NSTA listserv dedicated solely to NGSS.

Read the January 8 Education Week article “New Science Standards Draft Includes Many Changes.”