The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are due to be released this spring. The standards are being written by a group of 41 writers from across the country in a process managed by Achieve and overseen by a consortium of 26 states. NSTA is a partner in the NGSS development process and has been providing guidance and input to the writers and lead states. For more information about NGSS, click here.
NGSS is based on A Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council in 2011. The Framework combines three important dimensions: core disciplinary ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. This web seminar is one in a series of seven that explore the crosscutting concepts to provide K-12 teachers with strategies for implementing NGSS in the classroom.
The seven Crosscutting Concepts include:PatternsCause and Effect—Mechanism and ExplanationScale, Proportion, and QuantitySystems and System ModelsEnergy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and ConservationStructure and FunctionStability and Change
Participants might also be interested in a series of web seminars held previously on the Scientific and Engineering Practices. The archived programs are available for viewing here.