[kids-lib] PowerPoint for OLA Conference Session on Next Generation Science Standards

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Tue May 5 15:48:33 PDT 2015

Please pardon the cross-posting.


Thanks to everyone who attended the OLA conference session called Next Generation Science Standards: The Next Big Thing. I added links to my PowerPoint and asked the folks at Northwest Central to post it to the OLA Conference 2015 materials page. It should be available soon, but feel free to ask me for the PPT, too.

I want to express my gratitude to Jamie Rumage, Science Education Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education. She could not co-present because of a schedule conflict, but she  supplied the science portion of the PowerPoint and tutored me on NGSS 101. :)

A librarian in the session wondered if there was a list of science topics that students study by grade level. The short answer is yes and no. After the conference, I asked Jamie for input, and she said, "The new standards are integrated throughout the K-8 levels. This means that are all [science] content areas are being addressed at every grade level. High school can be implemented as integrated or as subject-specific content (e.g. life, physical, earth, space, etc.)." That said, viewing the PDF versions of NGSS by grade level will help provide a clearer picture of how integrated topics are broken down. The Oregon Department of Education has PDFs for individual grade levels and, of course, there are resources on NextGenScience.org. Pay attention to information in the orange column labeled Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI).


Jamie sent me the criteria that will be used during the formal ODE process of identifying instructional materials that can be used in Oregon K-12 schools to support the science standards. See attached. That identification process is slated for the summer of 2016.

Here are four suggestions for library staff who want to develop their science collections with the goal of supporting students and educators with NGSS:

*         Consult with school staff to see where they might have a focus or needs.

*         Consult with school library staff to see what is available there.

*         Check the NGSS science topics<http://www.nextgenscience.org/search-standards-dci> and the ODE science pages<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=22> for curricular information related to the targeted grade levels.

*         Refer to the collection development resources listed in the PowerPoint.

If you have questions, please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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