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California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative

The initiative is a partnership among K-12 Alliance@WestEd, the California Department of Education, Achieve, and eight school districts, and two charter management organizations who are engaged in digging deep into California Next Generation Science Standards as an effort to share and support high-quality science teaching and learning across California and other NGSS-adopted states.

Background

The California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative was developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input on its design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and Achieve. This Initiative began in August of 2014 as a fast-start demonstration project to build local education agency (LEA) capacity to fully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades K-8. Partners in the project are eight school districts, and two charter management organizations: Aspire, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, High Tech High, Kings Canyon Unified School District, Lakeside Union School District, Oakland Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, Tracy Unified School District, and Vista Unified School District. These partner districts and charters serve as a "lab" to selectively beta-test NGSS-aligned instructional materials, implementation tools, and performance assessment prototype items. Learnings from these districts will be shared statewide to advance high-quality science teaching and learning.

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Project Directors

Learnings




2017 California Science Education Conference:

The following are sessions at the 2017 California Science Education Conference (Sacramento, CA) led by K-12 Alliance directors, project directors, core leadership team members and/or teacher leaders of the K-12 Alliance's CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative.

You can find information on the conference at: http://conference.cascience.org

  • Short Courses:

    • SC1: Lesson Learned: The Cutting Edge of NGSS Implementation (Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance and David Tupper, CalMSP Project Director/TOSA, LUSD)
    • SC12: Make Every Minute Count: A Winning Solution to Integrating Life Science 3D NGSS and Literacy CCSS/ELA in K-2 Classrooms (Dana Nielsen, Teacher, Doyle Elementary SDUSD and Debbie Gordon, Elementary STEM TOSA, PSUSD.
  • Workshops:

    • Solving Human Problems by Mimicking Natural Solutions (Lesley Gates, District Science Coach, KCUSD)
    • Playground Forces: A 3rd Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Craig Groschup, Teacher, Grapevine Elementary, VUSD and Lorena Sanchez, Teacher, South West Park Elementary, TUSD)
    • Teaching Inquiry Science Through Models (Ali Gubary, Science Teacher Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, and Susheela Nath, Project Director for the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation at Aspire Public Schools)
    • Properties of Matter: 5E Learning Sequence on Density (Sylvia Brown, Science Teacher, Vista Innovation & Design Academy, VUSD)
    • What Makes Things Move? A Kindergarten Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Karal Blankenship, Teacher, Franklin Elementary, SDUSD and Priscilla Barcellos, Teacher, LUSD)
    • Using Online Simulations to Support NGSS in Middle School Classrooms (Lesley Gates, District Science Coach, KUSD)
    • K-2 NGSS and Literacy Connections (Michelle Armenta, Teacher, Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, VUSD and Susan Ritchie, Consultant, K-12 Alliance/WestEd)
    • Chain Reactions, Energy on the Move: A 4th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Alyssa Nemeckova, Teacher Vista del Monte Elementary, PSUSD and Chelsea Cochrane, Science Coordinator, SDCOE)
    • From Inquiry to NGSS 3D - Updating Your File Cabinet (Crystal Howe, TK-12 Science/Math Resource Teacher, SDUSD and Rachel Poland, Science Teacher, Innovation Middle School, SDUSD)
    • From Phenomena to Lesson Sequence (Maralee Thorburn, Science Teacher, Art Freiler School, TUSD, and Sue Edwards, Science Teacher TUSD)
    • Matter: A 2nd Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Monica Aguirre, Teacher, Lake Elementary, VUSD and Katherine Altmann, Teacher, SDUSD)
    • A Cool Phenomena: Using 3-Dimensions to Understand Heat Transfer (Claudio Vargas, Coordinator, Elementary Science, OUSD and Diana Velez, Learning and Leadership Facilitator, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley)
    • K-2 3D Science + Engineering Early Implementers: Biomimicry Through Helmet (Jenny Chien, STEM Specialist, Casita Center, VUSD and Michelle Armenta, Teacher Vista Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, VUSD)
    • Principles of Effective Advocacy to Build Community Support for NGSS (Michael Gilligan, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Achieve and Jill Grace, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd)
    • Sound: A 1st Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Nicole Hawke, Westside Elementary School, CVUSD and Crystal Howe, TK-12 Science/Math Resource Teacher, SDUSD)
    • Biological and Geological Changes in Earth's History (Deanna Mino, Science Teacher, McCaffrey Middle School, GJUESD and Lisa Hegdahl, Science Teacher McCaffrey Middle School, GJUESD)
    • Where Do Trees Get All That Mass? A 7th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Matthew Kreps, Science Teacher, Toro Canyon Middle School, CVUSD and Brenda Mueller, Science Teacher, SDUSD)
    • Making Science Phenomenal! NGSS Early Implementers (Jeff Schmitz, NGSS Resource Teacher, VUSD)
    • Data Analysis, Rain Shadow, and Earth's Spheres (Barbara Woods, NGSS Project Director and Curriculum Coach, GJUSD)
    • Badwater 135: A 6th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (David Tupper, CaMSP Project Director/TOSA, LUSD and Rachael Tarshes, Project Director and K-8 Resource Teacher, SDUSD)
    • 3D NGSS Lesson: Energy Transfer Through Collisions (Diane Deem, Teacher, Temple Heights Elementary, VUSD and Jenny Chien, STEM Specialist, Casita Center, VUSD)
    • Systems in NGSS - It's All Connected! (Peter A'Hearn K-12, Consultant, K-12 Alliance/WestEd and Philip Hudec, Science TOSA, PSUSD)
    • Understanding White Sharks: An 8th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Chris Olivas, Math and Science Teacher, High Tech High Middle North County and Katie Beck, Physics and Chemistry Teacher, Bolsa Grande High School, GGUSD)
    • 3D 5E Learning Sequence: Stream Tables (Monica Aguirre, Teacher, Lake Elementary, VUSD and Jo Topps Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/West Ed)
    • What's in Our Water? A 5th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative (Karen Weir-Brown, Fallon Middle School, DUSD and Kimberly Trench, Teacher, Dingeman Elementary, SDUSD)
    • Collaborating with Community Partners to Design Phenomenon-Based Units (Jill Mayorga, 6-12 STEAM Content Specialist, LA Region Aspire Public Schools and Stephanie Whyte Programs Manager, The 5 Gyres Institute)
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