2015 Summit on the Implementation of the NGSS at the State Level

April 29-May 1, 2015
NOAA, Silver Spring, MD

By Invitation Only - This Summit has already occurred.

The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society collaborated with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) to host a summit on Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the State Level. The purpose of the summit was to identify and/or devise ways in which key players in the Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) community could work together to help states and school districts implement the Next Generation Science Standards. The participants in the summit includes a wide array of representatives of scientific and science education organizations, federal and state agencies dealing in ESS, colleges and universities, and other formal and informal science education groups. Products of the summit include an assessment of needs of K-12 educators working to implement the NGSS, an action network of stakeholders, a catalog of NGSS-compatible resources, and a final report of the summit meeting.

Summit Conveners

  • Aida Awad, Maine East High School (NAGT Past President)
  • Susan Buhr-Sullivan, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (NAGT Past President)
  • Ed Robeck, American Geosciences Institute

Summit Goals

The goals of the Summit meeting are focused on facilitating implementation major dimensions of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 Earth and space science instruction. Toward that, the Summit will:

  • Goal 1: Identify the needs of teachers, curriculum supervisors, local and state agencies, and others with respect to implementation.
  • Goal 2: Establish an effective action network of stakeholders to provide communication and support across the K-12 Earth and space science educators, and including the broader geoscience community, linking network resources to identified needs.
  • Goal 3: Assemble a virtual catalog and collection of NGSS-congruent Earth and space science educational resources and develop concrete guidance for using these resources to translate the vision and structure of the NGSS into teaching and learning practice.


The Summit will begin at 8:15 AM on April 29, 2015 and conclude by 12:00 PM on May 1, 2015. Please arrange your travel so that you can attend all sessions.

Participant Involvement

Participants in the summit meeting are asked to be involved in several ways:

  • before the workshop - become familiar with the NGSS if not already; attend webinars, if possible, on March 27 and April 10; provide information about your organization and its activities related to NGSS; complete forms needed for logistical planning,
  • during the workshop - participate in plenary and breakout sessions; provide input regarding support of NGSS implementation; outline implementation needs and resources; collaboratively develop action plans,
  • after the workshop - implement action plans; work to maintain ongoing support for NGSS implementation.


The Summit will take place at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility in Silver Spring, MD.

For More Information

For more information about the Summit, please contact Aida Awad (NAGT), Susan Buhr Sullivan (NAGT), or Ed Robeck (AGI).

Funding for the summit is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #1440579) and by AGI's Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding.

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