by Priscilla Robinson
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) had a strong presence at the 2016 NSTA Science Conference held this past March in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference theme was “Empowering Performance” and that’s the foundation upon which the NGSS standards are balanced. Enthusiastic keynote speeches empowered teachers to help their students “Change the World!” Educators dashed to workshops and the exhibit hall in search of solutions that will help them understand, implement and survive this rising tide of new science learning standards. Presently, with 19* states and the District of Columbia already on board with the NGSS adoption, updated standards are making their way into classrooms across the nation.