In response to a community commentary published on Dec. 25 in The Journal News (, New York State teacher Kottie Christie-Blick writes about her appreciation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

“As an elementary teacher, I appreciate having the Next Generation Science Standards. They are well thought out guidelines for creating a scientifically literate population. The standards were authored by a consortium of scientists and educators in 26 states, and sent out for public review while in the making.”

“Meeting these science standards in the classroom requires that my students be actively engaged in scientific discovery and engineering practices. The emphasis is on understanding scientific concepts, and learning how to think like scientists by wondering, exploring, observing, experimenting, recognizing patterns and cause-and-effect relationships, as well as learning background information from reliable sources.”

Click here to read the full commentary in The Journal News ( (January 30, 2017)

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