Shifting to the NGSS: A Professional Book Study for Elementary School Teachers

Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study for Elementary School Teachers

Are you an elementary school teacher working to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Register to participate in the Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study, taking place in April/May, 2020!

NSTA has developed an Online Book Study around the Enhanced E-book: Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner. This enhanced e-book offers a comprehensive introduction to the NGSS, including background information, each of the three dimensions in depth, and steps to move teachers toward classroom implementation.

During the online book study, elementary school teachers attend live web seminars and participate in asynchronous discussions with other participants and with the web seminar presenters, Tricia Shelton and Jessica Holman. The web seminars support use of the Enhanced E-book to deepen participant understanding of the innovations of the NGSS. Presenters also share examples and stories from the classroom to illustrate HOW this understanding can be used to translate the NGSS into classroom teaching and learning.

Cost to individuals:

  • NSTA Member: $63
  • Non-member: $79

Register Today

Need to pay with a Purchase Order? Download the Form

Also remember to purchase the Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner book if you don't have a copy.

Program Dates:
The four live web seminars are scheduled from 7:15 - 8:45 pm Eastern time on the dates below (all Tuesdays):

  • April 21, 28, May 5, and 12, 2020

During the book study participants have access to:

  • A moderated private forum for group discussions with other book study participants
  • Digital resources and all NSTA Learning Center online community tools (My Library, My Learning Plan, My Profile, Community Forums)
  • All archive versions of the web seminars to watch on-demand.

The book study presenters will address these three questions:

  • Why does having students engage in science and engineering practices promote student learning?
  • What does it look like in the classroom when students engage in the science and engineering practices to make sense of phenomena?
  • How can educators effectively support students to engage in practices to make sense of phenomena?

Participants will receive a certificate from NSTA after each live web seminar (1.5 hours per web seminar) as evidence of their attendance and participation.

Have questions? Contact Flavio Mendez (


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