NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 10.59.36 AMI just purchased an “e-book” of the NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards by Harold Pratt- and have given it a quick skim (about the time it takes me to consume 16 ounces of iced coffee). Here are my thoughts on the resource so far:


  • Provides thoughtful advice for learning about the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS
  • Advocates for learning and thinking about NGSS and starting small before jumping to full implementation
  • Cautions us not to “hand off” the NGSS to teachers and expect them to implement
  • Provides a framework, planning tools and resources to guide our thinking about implementation


  • I wish that this was in fact a true “e-book” (iBook?) and not just a pdf. For example, there is a great list of existing resources on the NGSS, however, the resources are not hyperlinked (hello!) and therefore requires the reader to hunt down the links. NSTA could have created a very dynamic and user friendly tool with embedded video and links.. but they didn’t. 
  • It doesn’t feel like there is a lot new here (I could be wrong).. perhaps this could have been a FREE resource like the NSTA Reader’s Guide to a Framework for K-12 Science Education 

Audience: This resource would be useful for district curriculum directors, science coordinators, science professional development providers, and teacher leaders.. anyone who is planning to make a plan on how to implement the NGSS.

Please let me know your thoughts if you grab a copy.





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