May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

NGSS Rollout #3 – Registration Opens 2/19/16

Posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

RegisterNowMedUpdated February 22, 2016, 11:33 AM

Registration will open for the next round of professional learning events designed to help teachers and administrators implement the California Next Generation Science Standards on February 19. Session offerings for Rollout #3 are available below. Registration is now available online at Registration is now online at https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2016Training.

April 13-14: San Joaquin County

April 26-27: Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

May 17-18: Orange and Los Angeles Counties

September 7-8: Hayward

October 13-14: Fresno County

November 7-8: Santa Clara County

November 15-16: San Diego County

November 29-30: Siskiyou County

December 12-13: Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties

NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 3

Session Title

Session Descriptors

Welcome Day 1

CA NGSS Assessment Update The CDE will be sharing information on the development and progress of the new CA NGSS student assessments.
Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&G) Overview of how EP&C are integrated into NGSS
Tool P: Administrator Strand: Observing Implementation

The Administrator Strand is designed to provide PD aimed at the leadership work of administrators. The session includes an overview of the shifts of NGSS and then provides training on the use of two observational protocols designed to create awareness of supports needed for the implementation of the NGSS. Opportunities to utilize these protocols are embedded into the Roll Out as well as follow up session.
Tool E: Teacher Strand: Putting it Together Building on Tool A, B, C, and D, Tool E helps teachers analyze their resources for alignment to the NGSS, and inclusion in a 5 E learning sequence.
Tool E to K-2 Learning Sequence Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.
Tool E to 3-5 Learning Sequence Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.
Tool E to 6-8 Learning Sequence Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.
Tool E to 9-12 Life Science Learning Sequence Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.
Tool E to 9-12 Physical Science Learning Sequence Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.

Welcome Back Day 2

Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary Classroom Scientific modeling is an essential Science and Engineering Practice in NGSS. After experiencing an engaging science lesson, participants will learn how to use NGSS Evidence Statement to support the planning of three dimensional assessments and instruction.
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Secondary Classroom Scientific modeling is an essential Science and Engineering Practice in NGSS. After experiencing an engaging science lesson, participants will learn how to use NGSS Evidence Statement to support the planning of three dimensional assessments and instruction.
Table Talks Lunch opportunities to have follow-up conversations on topics of choice.
Admin Planning for Communication The first session of the Administrator Strand is designed to provide a quick overview of the shifts needed for NGSS implementations, as well as, introduce two observation protocols aimed at helping to identify the support needed by administrators in implementing NGSS into their school/district. The session will provide opportunities to learn about and determine how the two protocols will be utilized by administrators during the Roll Out. The two observation protocols were designed by two initiatives charged with developing and disseminating processes to help California implement NGSS into the state school system.
Science and Common Core ELA Experience the authentic use of CCSS ELA to obtain and communicate science understanding. The integration benefits learning in both disciplines.
Exploring Integration at Middle School This session is designed for those who have selected, or are strongly leaning towards, the integrated progression for middle school. It will give you an opportunity of what it means to be integrated, and how to use phenomena and use models from the draft framework to think about integration.
High School Models Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.This session is an updated version of the High School Sequence session offered at Rollout II taking into account assessment decisions and examining Achieve’s Accelerated Model.
Cross Cutting Concepts:
Deepening Our Understanding
Experience the impact on thinking as different cross cutting concepts are used as a lens for understanding.
Engineering in Life Science Think engineering is only appropriate in the Physical sciences? Come learn how engineering can drive engaged learning in life science and biology. Experience how an engineering and science sequence can be structured for learning in both.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

10 Responses

  1. Hi my name is Johnette Ellis. I am a Support Specialist for Victor Elementary School District.
    We are interested in registering for the NGSS Rollout training in April. Would you please email me when the registration window opens.

    Thank you very much!

    Johnette Ellis

  2. Will do – I anticipate it will be open in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Hello, Can I be notified as well. We would like to attend in April. We are from the Whittier city School District

  4. Is there any way to make up/catch up on rollouts 1&2?

  5. Would like the window for registration of NGSS Rollout #3 Symposium for Los Angeles County, May 17-18. I’m a 6th grade middle school teacher teaching Math & Science.
    Thank you for your time.

  6. Are there any make ups for NGSS Rollouts 1 and/or 2?

  7. Registration for Rollout #3 will be active starting 2/19/2016.
    Here is the registration link: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2016Training

  8. You can find all the materials from the first and second phases of the NGSS Rollouts on the CA NGSS My Digital Chalkboard reference page. These materials are intended to be used for further local training and development.
    See:
    https://www.mydigitalchalkboard.org/portal/default/Group/Viewer/GroupView?action=2&gid=5464

  9. Two individuals I previously registered from our district for the September 7-8 State Roll Out #3 in Hayward, need to attend the Santa Clara County Roll Out in November instead. How can I change their registrations for a different location/date?

  10. Dear Beverly,

    Please contact Amy Kennedy: Amy Kennedy
    Event Coordinator
    Phone: (209) 468-9096
    Email: akennedy@sjcoe.net

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