Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are grouped into four domains of physical, life, earth and space sciences; engineering, technology and applications of science and the nature of science.  The NGSS  is based on a 3-D Model of instruction that include: 

1. Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) of physical, life, earth and space science and engineering and technology
  a. These DCI can be broken down by grade level bands. 
   1. K-2 band
   2. 3-5 band
   3. 6-8 band
   4. 9-12 band
   
  b.  Disciplinary Core Ideas can be broken down into grade level ideas at http://www.nextgenscience.org/search-standards-dci 
 
  c. Appendix E- Progression within the NGSS shows those DCI starting at K through high school. 
 
2. Science and Engineering Practices (students use these strategies to ask questions or solve an engineering problem)
   a. Asking Questions (for Science) and Defining Problems (for engineering)

    b. Developing and using models

    c. Planning and carrying out investigations

   d. Analyzing and interpreting data

   e. Using mathematics and computational thinking

   f. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

   g. Engaging in argument from evidence

   h. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

 
3. Crosscutting Concepts (Can a student recognize apply or connects knowledge into a cross disciplinary or world view) 
  a. Patterns
  b. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation

  c. Scale, proportion, and quantity

  d. Systems and system models

  e. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation

  f. Structure and function

  g. Stability and change

 
 4. There are other Appendixes A-M that go further into detail of the DCIs, Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, Engineering design, Course mapping that can be reviewed with #1 or # 5 below.
 
5. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) did a great job in organizing and presenting NGSS and has created a NGSS website for all educators even if you are not a member to review the 3-D model of NGSS. 
 
6. NGSS Online Video Training 
 
  a. The Connecticut State Department of Education with NSTA has made available Webinars that have already been conducted and are now free of charge. Some of these webinars are grade level or topic specific.
 b. The only requirement is that you will need to create a free account and to make sure you have the correct software.
Most webinars are over 1 hour in duration average about 2 hours. 
  1. Summer 2015 series consisted of a K-5 series on Explanations from Evidence, Making meaning through Discourse, Storyline.
  2. 2014-2015 series consisted of teaching NGSS in elementary schools by individual grade level  from K-5.
 
 b.  The Lewis Center has organized and linked some You Tube online resources (less than 30 minute) NGSS Training Videos and Breakdown of NGSS Bands and Concepts.
 
 7. Department of Education sponsored Professional Development (PD) 
 
 a. NGS-CT: Modules 1-3 will roll out within the next two weeks this program will be an On-line Modular Short Course that should be district lead within a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with modules 4-15 rolling out later in the year. 
 
 b. NGSX:  Another On-line Modular Short Course based on Pedagogy based at the CT Science Center. Follow on information to follow.
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