January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

187 Stakeholders Dive Deep into NGSS

Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

by Lisa Hegdahl

The first of a series of statewide professional learning symposia to explore the philosophy, design, and initial implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) took place at the San Joaquin County Office of Education on April 28th and 29th.  The Symposium was a collaborative effort of the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stanislaus County Office of Education, Sacramento County Office of Education, K-12 Alliance/West Ed, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education.  

Timothy Slattery and Charalee Cunningham display their ‘bundles’ of the 7th Grade Performance Expectations at the NGSS Rollout Symposium on April 29th  – photos by Lisa Hegdahl

Timothy Slattery and Charalee Cunningham display their ‘bundles’ of the 7th Grade Performance Expectations at the NGSS Rollout Symposium on April 29th – photos by Lisa Hegdahl

Awareness was the goal of the first Rollout Symposium. Whether new to the Next Generation of Science Standards or familiar with them since the first draft, the Rollout Symposium had something to offer all NGSS stakeholders. Workshops were offered suited for those with NGSS experience, NGSS novices, middle school teachers, district and school administrators, to name a few.

Newcomers to the Next Generation of Science Standards attended NGSS 101, which was designed to explain the National Research Councils A Framework for Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the NGSS. NGSS 102 was tailored towards attendees who were already knowledgeable about the new science standards. Participants delved deeper into the NGSS appendices and instructional shifts, and reflected on how to move forward with planning for instructional changes. The Middle School Progressions session explained the history behind the development of the California Preferred Integrated Model for Middle Schools and provided participants time to ‘bundle’ the Performance Expectations for 7th grade into possible courses of study.   Supporting the implementation of the NGSS at school sites and in the districts was the purpose of an Administrator workshop. Additional sessions provided plans for how to develop an NGSS unit of instruction with a conceptual flow, how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy deepens student understanding of science, and a sample lesson that demonstrated the NGSS shift with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary grades.

In addition to the workshops, participants in the NGSS Rollout Symposium had the opportunity to network with other teachers, administrators, county personal, and science education leaders from the around the area and across the state.

What participants had to say:

“A far better understanding of what NGSS is.”

“Great Performance Expectation session.  Learned how to read the standards and how they cross-cut!”

“Loved the Lesson Implications session.  Was a very helpful PD that I can take back to my colleagues and classroom.”

“I realized this whole shift is going to take some time and patience.  We, as teachers, are going to need more opportunities like this to collaborate and get used to the new standards.  Listening to others who are also struggling and working through ideas together was very helpful.”

Six additional Rollout Symposia are scheduled throughout California between now and the end of October. The dates and locations are:

Long Beach Hilton/Long Beach May 22 & 23 (Sold Out)

Crafton Hills College/Yucaipa May 27 & 28 (registration available online)

Fresno, CA Oct 13–14, 2014

San Diego, CA – September – Date TBA

Oakland, CA – Date TBA

Red Bluff, CA October 23–24, 2014

For more information about the Symposium being offered in your area, go to:

https://live.iplanevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=reg.info&event_id=2530

Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about the Next Generation of Science Standards and their implementation.

 

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is President for CSTA.

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