1. NC Science Essential Standards
    Updates on resources for the 2009 NC Science Essential Standards may be found on the ACRE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/ This section has links for support tools that include the unpacking documents, crosswalk documents, graphic organizers and glossary of terms.
  2. Join the Science Wiki
    Additional resources and archived webinars may be found on the Science wiki page: http://scnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/
  3. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Public Draft Release coming soon!
    Soon Achieve will release the first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards for public review. Three documents are available to help guide the review of the standards:
    1. NGSS Factsheet Briefing – this is a single page document that gives a broad overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, including the current timeline for publication.
    2. NGSS Review Resources – this is a one page list of tools/resources designed to support reviewers before providing feedback to the Next Generation Science Standards.
    3. Framework Factsheet Briefing – this is a single page document that gives a broad overview of the purpose and structure of the K-12 Framework for Science Education.

      Each of these documents is produced by the Council of State Science Supervisors and vetted by state leaders and members of Achieve. Also, these documents will be made available on the NCDPI Science Wiki.

      The public release date for the NGSS by NSTA was on May 11. They can be accessed at http://www.nsta.org/about/standardsupdate/ and will be sent out on the NCDPI Science Listserv mailings and via the wiki.


NSTA plans are going well as CAGs will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this summer.  NC is very fortunate budget/money-wise considering many other state organizations are in dire straights.

On determining whether to give our awards to members or non-members- the NCSTA board compromised and decided on a rubric where members would have more weight.

NCSTA is also considering moving to more electronic/virtual meetings, but have some changes to make in the constitution/by-laws as what constitutes a meeting, etc.

NCSTA is planning this year to have a prize giveaway at PDI for those who come to the general sessions and they are seeking donations.

Congratulations were in order for Sam Wheeler and Rebecca Hite for being new Einstein Fellows.


The National Science Leadership Association, in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association, is hosting a Summer Leadership Institute in Austin, TX June 24-28, 2012.  The focus of this institute is an exploration of the Science Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.  The team of presenters listed below will guide attendees in researching the documents and engage attendees in planning for the implementation of the new standards.  You may register for the Institute at http://www.nsta.org/pd/nsela/.

  • Stephen Pruitt – Achieve
  • Lance Rougeux - Discovery Education
  • Harold Pratt - Retired NSTA President
  • Sam Zigrossi - Dana Center, UT Austin
  • Martin Storksdieck - National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences
  • NGSS Strand Writers will also facilitate most sessions


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