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Getting Ready for the Next Generation Science Standards

Phase one of the two-phase process to develop Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is complete: the National Research Council released the Framework for K–12 Science Education on July 19, 2011 (a PDF of the document is free for download). The Framework describes the key ideas and practices in the natural sciences and engineering that all students should be familiar with by the time they graduate from high school. This framework will be the underpinnings of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will replace the current National Science Education Standards (NSES). An organization called Achieve will coordinate phase two: the state-led development of standards based on the NRC Framework.

Over 2012, content and education experts from across states will work together to create science standards based on the Framework. The process will include the opportunity for input from those in the field, including K–12 educators, the scientific community, higher education, business leaders and the general public. The general public review should happen later this Spring. The new standards should be released in late 2012. Information and updates about the standards development process can be found online.

NSTA Resources: Exploring the Science Framework

Since teachers will play a key role in implementing the NGSS, it is important that they begin now to develop “a deep understanding of the Framework as a stand-alone document, and as a guide to the use of the forthcoming NGSS.” The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has developed a series of resources that examines the key elements of the Framework. The articles are authored by many of those who contributed to the development of the Framework.

Journal Articles

NSTA Reports

Presentations at NSTA Conferences

MSP2 Series of Webinars

What can science educators can do now to prepare for new science standards coming in the Fall of 2012? NSTA Past President, Harold Pratt, gives his insights and ideas in the NSTA Reader's Guide to the Framework. This Guide, free for download, assists science educators in the study of the Framework. For each chapter of the Framework, the Guide provides a brief overview, an analysis of what's new and different from previous standards and benchmarks, and suggested actions science educators can take to learn more about the concepts and ideas. We'll use the Framework itself and the Guide to frame a series of webinars that will let us delve deeply into the middle level parts of the Framework.

Getting Reading for the Next Generation Science Standards Part 1: C... (February 22)

Getting Reading for the Next Generation Science Standards Part 2: S... (March 21)

Getting Reading for the Next Generation Science Standards Part 3: C... (April 18)

Getting Reading for the Next Generation Science Standards Part 4: I... (May 16)

Please click on the webinar link and RSVP – we'll be able to send you updates throughout our journey.

We will also use this forum to continue our conversations about the developing Next Generation Science Standards.

Tags: Concepts, Core, Crosscutting, Engineering, Framework, Generation, Ideas, NGSS, Next, Practices, More…Science, Scientific, Standards

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This is a terrific introductory resource, Kim! Thanks for putting it together. I'm looking forward to participating in the Webinars.

Kim,

What a great resource you have put together here.  I am excited for the next webinar! You have done a great job collecting resources as well.

Thanks for all you do! 

Hi Jesse - Glad that it has been  helpful. Looking forward to seeing you online! Kim

Jesse Maine said:

Kim,

What a great resource you have put together here.  I am excited for the next webinar! You have done a great job collecting resources as well.

Thanks for all you do! 

Hi, Kim,

The webinar on the common core writing standards as they apply to science class was great.

I hope to join the next webinar on part 3 of the Next Generation Science Standards.

I also have been playing around with that social plug-in, but it keeps telling me I haven't left any comments on the site. I have, but it doesn't recognize them, I guess.

Carolyn - Sorry you are having problems. I just emailed the PedConnect folks - you should be hearing from them soon. Kim

Carolyn Stanley said:

Hi, Kim,

The webinar on the common core writing standards as they apply to science class was great.

I hope to join the next webinar on part 3 of the Next Generation Science Standards.

I also have been playing around with that social plug-in, but it keeps telling me I haven't left any comments on the site. I have, but it doesn't recognize them, I guess.

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