The National Teachers Association's biggest conference of the year is happening in our own backyard! The National Conference will run from April 3rd through the 6th in Boston. There are countless sessions to attend each day and many opportunities to meet with vendors and check out the latest lab equipment, technology, and print resources. Saturday will include a strand of sessions aimed at NGSS, with NGSS-adopted states like RI in mind. Register for the conference at NSTA registration Consider taking the commuter rail to South Station (MBTA schedule). From South Station, the Boston Conference & Event Center is a 10-15 minute walk, at 415 Summer Street.
RI was the first state to adopt NGSS!
On May 23rd, the RI Board of Education unanimously approved adoption of the NGSS. Since then, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, and Vermont have also voted to adopt the NGSS. Achieve encourages all science educators to familiarize themselves with the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which is what the NGSS are based on. A free pdf of the Framework is available at NAP. More information about the development of the NGSS is available at www.nextgenscience.org. NSTA has developed a great selection of webinars and support materials for educators as we shift to the NGSS. Their materials can be accessed at NSTA.
The RI Department of Education has adopted the NGSS as a replacement to the GLEs and GSEs in K-12 science. The 3 year timeline for this adoption is currently being developed and will be available once approved.
Where do you find inspiration? As we develop this website, we would like to make it useful to science educators. Please take a moment to submit a resource that you find useful. We will use your suggestions to develop an online listing of resources. If you know of a great supplier, field trip destination, or speaker/assembly idea please include that as well. Our goal is to develop a database of resources for all topics and levels.