The National Research Council has issued a report: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. This report is the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), currently in development, and scheduled for release in 2013. Twenty-six states have already committed to using these new national standards as the basis for their state standards. These new standards will provide both challenges and opportunities for LTER efforts in K-12 education. In particular, they emphasize scientific inquiry and application practices, and they emphasize climate change and other interactions between Earth systems and human activities. In this session we will
- Review key features of NGSS
- Discuss ways in which LTER education can help schools to respond to the expectations of NGSS
- Share teaching resources that could be used for this purpose.