May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

NGSS Statewide Symposia: NGSS Transition Phase – Rollout II

Posted: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

by Laura Henriques

Almost 2,000 of us attended the state’s first round of NGSS workshops. These were two-day symposia held around the state to help district teams of teacher-leaders and administrators learn about Next Generation Science Standards and start to think about what NGSS is, how to plan and think about three-dimensional learning and increase awareness. As the “Rollout I” sessions come to a close (there are two left), “Rollout II” is getting ready to debut.

NGSS Transition Phase Rollout II symposia will again be two full days of NGSS. The sessions for the two days were jointly developed by the consortium of CSTA, California Science Project, K-12 Alliance/WestEd, County Offices of Education and the California Department of Education. The lead presenters for each session will be representatives from these five groups.

Come to NGSS Transition Phase – Rollout II and participate in the following sessions.

  • NGSS 103: Deepen Your Understanding of the NGSS:
    Engage with the Conceptual Shifts to refine your understanding of the NGSS vision for science education for all students. Learn about the importance of developing a professional learning plan to prepare teachers for the NGSS. Discuss the types of administrative and system supports necessary to implement these learning plans.
  • The Tool:  Designing for Learning:
    Building on Roll Out #1, incorporate a new tool to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS.  Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.
  • But What Does It Look Like?
    Apply the tool to a learning sequence for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 and experience what the learning looks like in a classroom over a multi-day lesson.  Discuss with grade level colleagues how this applies to your classroom and your instruction.
  • Teaching Through the Practices:
    Experience the coherent integration of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices from the observation of a phenomenon to constructing an explanation for those observations.  This session focuses on three practices: 1) developing and revising models, 2) engaging in argument from evidence, and 3) constructing explanations, and it provides instructional strategies for each practice. Attend either a session targeted for elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12).

Participants will select one of the following sessions

  • Administrator Strand:
    Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in your district through exploring various implementation resources and collaborating with other administrative leaders. This session emphasizes strategies to move from awareness to transition.
  • High School Session:
    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.
  • The 3rd Dimension – Crosscutting Concepts:
    Learn how the seven crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards deepen understanding of the Practices and Core Ideas and lead to productive inquiry. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to help students use the crosscutting concepts to think like scientists and engineers.
  • Engineering in a Three Dimensional Lesson:
    Experience the NGSS Engineering Design Core Ideas of defining a problem, designing a solution, and optimizing that design solution.  Learn how content specific performance expectations are linked to engineering and how engineering helps students to learn at the nexus of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Cross Cutting Concepts.

Districts are encouraged to send teams to attend the event. Teacher leaders who attended NGSS Rollout I are encouraged to attend NGSS Rollout II as well. It would be beneficial to your team if a curriculum leader or administrator attended with the team.

In case you missed NGSS Awareness Phase Rollout I , you have two more chances to attend. San Diego County Office of Education is hosting Rollout I on April 17-18 and Ventura County Office of Education is hosting on June 1-2. Learn more and register now. Space at these events is limited.

Dates & Locations for NGSS Transition Phase, Rollout II    

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and a past-president of CSTA.

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