National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) support for the Next Generation Science Standards

Friday, 19 December 2014: 2:10 PM
Susan M Buhr Sullivan, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, Aida A. Awad, Maine East High School, Science Department, Park Ridge, IL, United States and Cathryn A Manduca, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, Northfield, MN, United States
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represents the best opportunity for geosciences education since 1996, describing a vision of teaching excellence and placing Earth and space science on a par with other disciplines. However, significant, sustained support and relationship-building between disciplinary communities must be forthcoming in order to realize the potential. To realize the vision, teacher education, curricula, assessments, administrative support and workforce/college readiness expectations must be developed. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), a geoscience education professional society founded in 1938, is comprised of members across all educational contexts, including undergraduate faculty, pre-college teachers, informal educators, geoscience education researchers and teacher educators. NAGT support for NGSS includes an upcoming workshop in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute, deep collections of relevant digital learning resources, pertinent interest groups within the membership, professional development workshops, and more. This presentation will describe implications of NGSS for the geoscience education community and highlight some opportunities for the path forward.