September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Discussion Forum

Posted: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

This is the beginning of some very exciting times in educational teaching standards! The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have made one draft appearance earlier this year. A Framework for K-12 Science Education is also out in print and ready for implementation, as are our new California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS).  All three of these documents are going to have major impacts on the way we teach and prepare our students for their future.

As science educators we have the opportunity to work together to understand and implement these new documents and approaches. Many of you will remember the days when an integrated curriculum was commonplace while others are still wondering what this all means, and we all have questions about these new directions for science education. I would like to encourage all of us to start a dialog about the CCCSS, the NGSS, and the Framework for K-12 Science Education, to discuss what they mean and how we’re applying them, and to share our questions and concerns. For example,

  • Does your county, district, and/or site have a plan for implementing these documents and approaches?
  • How have you integrated science and English Language Arts lesson?
  • Does your district use science topics for writing assessments?
  • What professional development do you want to have around these?

You can submit your questions, ideas, and comments below.

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science teacher and is the CSTA’s region 1 director.

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is a member of CSTA.

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  1. We are working with our RLA, Math, and EL curriculum specialists to integrate the CCSS in Literacy in Science and Social Studies/History. This process will include using the NGSS as soon as they are adopted (hopefully next March). We want to develop relevant PD for teachers using already successful models that use good writing and reading strategies that are already happening in our area.

    I would like to increase our “pool” of teachers/programs who successfully blend the literacy standards with science/social studies. As a county office, we would then want to support those teachers to help “teach the teachers” and help all practitioners become more successful.

    With recent reports showing that teachers, especially elementary teachers, lack time, expertise, and materials to provide a quality science program, we want to help bridge that gap as well by providing materials along with quality PD. To help make up for the lack of time, teaching to the literacy standards in Science and Social Science can be utilized to help increase that aspect. Within all of these above actions requires the support and encouragement of administration.

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