The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), released in April of 2013, were developed based on the vision for science education described in the National Research Council's 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. In this vision, students "actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields."
In this spotlight, eight environmental and Earth Science DRK-12 projects illustrate how the three dimensions identified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)— Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas—can be applied to education materials and lesson plans in an integrated way. To highlight a few examples of how the dimensions can be integrated, each project team has chosen one aspect of their work to present in this spotlight.
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