May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Your Chance to Review the California Science Curriculum Framework Is Here

Posted: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

by Laura Henriques

Updated with additional review events January 11, 2016.

The California Science Curriculum Framework & Evaluation Criteria document is now ready for its first 60 Day Public Feedback period.! This is a critical process for the review and vetting of the document. Anyone from around the state is invited to read the document and provide feedback. CSTA encourages its members to participate in this process.

Just to be clear, the California Curriculum Framework is different from the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. The NRC Framework is the document which guided the development of Next Generation Science Standards. The California Curriculum Framework is the document which will help us make sense of those standards in our classrooms.

The process for developing a curriculum framework in California is part of our educational code. The State Board of Education appoints a committee of individuals (the majority of whom are practicing K-12 teachers) who serve as the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (known as the CFCC). This group met for two days at a time on six different occasions over the past year. At each meeting they provided feedback to an author team that was drafting the Science Framework. Each chapter was reviewed and revised at least three times. (Click here for an overview of the CFCC’s work.)

How to Participate in the Review

In order to support the review process, CSTA, the NGSS Early Implementers Network, County Offices of Education, and some school districts have teamed up to offer facilitated group review events across the state. You can scroll down to see the listing of group review events below. (Please note that you can provide your input individually and as a team member during a group review session.) Another option is to participate and submit a review on your own – every member of the public is welcome to submit a review. For information and links, please visit the CDE website. Alternatively, consider collaborating with educators at your site or in your network and review the document collaboratively. No matter how you choose to participate in the process, the following information should aid you in that process.

In order to help you with the review process, CSTA’s NGSS Committee put together some suggestions and guidance. These are meant to help guide your work whether you are reviewing the document as an individual, with a partner or participating in a group review session. The document is too long for most of us to review in its entirety. As a result, we recommend the divide and conquer approach!

We are asking that everyone start with Chapter 1 Introduction and Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve and Chapter 2 Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document. After that, read the chapter(s) of greatest interest to you. We imagine that most of us will want to read our particular grade level chapter (available for download at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw1st60daypubreview.asp), so that is probably a good next chapter to peruse. If you have additional energy, please read the chapter assigned to your review site. We are assigning sites different chapters so that we guarantee the entire document is read and reviewed. As you read, make notes and jot down suggestions for changes you think need to be made. Recommendations for changes should be consistent with NGSS and the vision described in Guiding Principles (Chapter 1). As you read it might be helpful to put your notes into some sort of chart so that you can provide meaningful feedback.

Sample Framework recommended edits chart.

Sample Framework recommended edits chart.

Feedback will be provided to the California Department of Education. The CDE will collate the input received during the 60 day period (November 17 – January 19) and share it with the author team to be incorporated into the next draft of the document. You will be providing that feedback directly to CDE via their online survey link.

Regardless of whether you review chapters of the framework individually, with a few of your colleagues or as part of an organized review session, there are a few things you should consider.

  • Read the introductory chapter first. This chapter sets the tone for the Framework and provides an overarching vision of what science education should look like in California when NGSS is implemented.
  • Read the chapter(s) that are of greatest interest to you. The Framework is a long It is unlikely you will read the entire document. (There are chapters for each grade level in addition to chapters about instructional strategies, professional learning, assessment, access and equity, etc. They may not all be applicable or of interest to you.)
  • When you provide feedback be sure that it is aligned with the guiding principles outlined in the introductory chapter. Suggestions and feedback should be aligned with the three dimensional nature of NGSS. That’s why it is important to read the introductory chapter first.
  • When you provide feedback please provide alternate wording and a rationale for your suggested changes. Feedback that says “change this sentence” or “I don’t like this” or “this is vague” doesn’t help the author team. If something is vague figure out how to say it more clearly. You will want to note the chapter number, page number and line number(s) for your comments.
  • Don’t get hung-up with editing typos or grammar. Ideally this should have been done already, but at this all important first public feedback period, pay attention to the document’s usability and usefulness for the field. (If you can’t help yourself, go ahead and make those comments. But don’t get so caught up with that level of editing that you don’t read the document for its content and usefulness.)
  • If you are attending a Public Feedback Session you will want to have read your chapter(s) before you arrive. This will enable your time together to be spent productively discussing the document and crafting feedback.
  • There are two types of workshops being offered in support of the Framework Review Process. These are described below. Note that space at these sessions may be limited. You need to RSVP in order to participate, get information about meeting location and parking.
  • And, most importantly…. Do be sure that you get your feedback submitted by the deadline. CDE’s online survey will open November 17 and close on January 19. Don’t miss the window of opportunity!

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Framework Review Overview Events
THESE ARE NOT SESSIONS WHERE YOU WILL PROVIDE FEEDBACK

RSVP TO THE CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PARKING, MEETING ROOM, ETC.

  • California Science Framework Overview Webinar Recording from Nov. 17, 2015.  This overview is designed to  provide information about the development of the Draft Science Framework, including chapter content, suggestions for making comments to CDE, and suggestions for hosting your own framework discussion and feedback gathering prior to diving into the document.  This module is developed by Anthony Quan (Los Angeles County Office of Education) and Jared Mar (Tulare County Office of Education), in partnership with the CDE, CSTA, California Science Project, K12 Alliance, and County Offices of Education.

Framework Review Sessions

Please read the introductory/guiding principles chapter, your grade level chapter(s) prior to attending the session. We are recommending an additional chapter to read for each site. In this way we can ensure that the entire document is reviewed. If you would like to read additional chapters beyond that you are encouraged to do so. Link to Framework documents.

RSVP TO THE CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PARKING, MEETING ROOM, ETC.

Space at these review sessions is limited.

Date & Time: Jan. 11, 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: Costa Mesa – Orange County Office of Education, Board Room, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Contact Person & RSVP Information: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1248-108082  Questions? Christie Pearce, cpearce@ocde.us, 714-966-4291
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Appenix


 

Date & Time: Jan. 12, 3:00-6:00 pm
Location: Red Bluff – Tehama County Dept. of Education, 1135 Lincoln St., Red Bluff, CA 96080
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online: http://goo.gl/forms/HzD6nQrknW. For more information contact Marian Murphy-Shaw, mshaw@siskiyoucoe.net.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 8 Assessment and Student Learning; Ch 9 Access and Equity; Ch 10 Instructional Strategies; or Ch 12 Instructional Resources.


Date & Time: Jan. 12, 3:45-6:00 pm
Location: Madera – Madera Unified School District Office, 1902 Howard Road, Madera, CA 93637-5123
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP to Linda Tolladay lindatolladay@maderausd.org.
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 9 Access and Equity.


Date & Time: Jan. 13, 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: San Jose – RAFT, 1355 Ridder Park Dr., San Jose, CA 95131
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP to Jason Pittman: jason@raft.net.
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 9 Access and Equity


Date & Time: Jan. 13, 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica – Heal The Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Kurt Holland, kurt.holland@gmail.com.
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality science instruction: Professional learning, leadership and supports.


Date & Time: Jan. 14, 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: Anaheim – AUHSD District Office, Superintendent’s Conference Room, 501 Crescent Way, Anaheim, Ca 92801
Contact Person & RSVP Information: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1248-108083  Questions? Christie Pearce, cpearce@ocde.us, 714-966-4291.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Appenix


Date & Time: Jan. 14, 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Folsom – Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA 95630
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP on-line. For more information contact Lari Powell, LPowell@fcusd.org.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality science instruction: Professional learning, leadership and supports.


Date & Time: Jan. 14, 3:30-6:00 pm
Location: Fresno – Fresno County Office of Education, 1111 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Jennifer Wiebert, jweibert@fcoe.org
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Appendix A: Recommended Literature for the Science Classroom; Appendix E Guidance on Instruction of HIV/AIDS; Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning; or Ch 9 Access and Equity


Date & Time: Jan. 14, 12:30-7:30 pm
Location: Norwalk – Norwalk La Mirada USD Board Room, 12820 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650.
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Shay Fairchild, SFairchild@nlmusd.k12.ca.us
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12 and Appendix B: EEI EP&C Charts


Date & Time: Jan. 14, 2:30-6:30 pm
Location: Palm Springs (Member of the K-8 Early Implementer Initiative) – 333 South Farrell Drive, Room 106, Palm Springs, CA
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Peter A’Hearn, pahearn@psusd.us
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12 and Appendix E Guidance on Instruction of HIV/AIDS


Date & Time: Jan. 15, 4:30 -7:30 pm
Location: Stockton – San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton 95206
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Please call Amy Kennedy at 209-468-4880 or email at akennedy@sjcoe.net to reserve your spot. You must RSVP to attend so that we have enough space and dinner.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning or Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12


Do You Want to Host a CSTA Sponsored Framework Review Session?

CSTA has several support documents and templates we can share with you if you would like to host a review. If you are interested in hosting a Framework Review Session please contact Laura Henriques (laura.henriques@csulb.edu) and Jessica Sawko (jessica@cascience.org) with dates, times, locations, agenda, and RSVP information. (You may decide to only review certain chapters during the hosted session – if that’s the case be sure to include that information with your email so we appropriately advertise the session.) The meeting information will be shared with the CSTA membership.

Requirements for Review Session Hosts:

  • Session host serves as liaison to participants who want to apply. This includes: answering questions, collecting RSVPs, communicating with participants, coordination of parking, sign-in and facilitation of the workshop
  • Meeting space needs to include internet access, tables or work space for teams to collaborate
  • Computer and projector for working groups is helpful so that everyone in the group can see what is being submitted for feedback. (If you are having multiple groups it might be helpful to have multiple projectors.)
  • It would be helpful to have multiple facilitators for the review session as the group will break into smaller groups for grade-level feedback. Facilitators will help ensure that working groups post their feedback online to the CDE website.
  • Accessible parking (CSTA may be able to reimburse parking costs and costs for snacks)
  • You need at least 2 hours for a session, 3-4 hours might be more realistic given the size of the document

Official CSTA sponsored session hosts need to submit the following information to CSTA within 2 days of the review session:

  • List of participants (Contact information, school/affiliation information)
  • Receipts/invoices for parking and snacks (up to a maximum of $150)
  • List of up to 5 concerns/comments for each chapter reviewed 

This information is being gathered so that CSTA can report to the CDE about the review process and to help us get a sense of what the field is saying during the review sessions.

Past Events:

  • Nov. 18, 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Riverside County Office of Education, 3939 13th Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Join other educators as RCOE science specialists provide a setting for you to explore the framework and give you insights as to how the chapters were written and how to provide feedback to the California Department of Education. For more information and to RSVP contact: Yamileth Shimojyo, yshimojyo@rcoe.us.
  • Nov. 19, 8:00 – 11:30 am: Norwalk La Mirada USD Board Room, 12820 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650. Join other educators as LACOE’s STEM unit provide a setting for you to explore the framework and give you insights as to how the chapters were written.  We may even have members of the Framework Committee join you in your discussions as you provide feedback to the writers and the California Department of Education. For more information and to RSVP contact: LACOE – Anthony Quan, http://lacoe.k12oms.org/1542-106423.
  • Nov. 19, 12:00 – 3:30 pm: Norwalk La Mirada USD Board Room, 12820 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650. Join other educators as LACOE’s STEM unit provide a setting for you to explore the framework and give you insights as to how the chapters were written.  We may even have members of the Framework Committee join you in your discussions as you provide feedback to the writers and the California Department of Education. For more information and to RSVP contact: LACOE – Anthony Quan, http://lacoe.k12oms.org/1542-106424.
  • Dec. 3, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Ventura County Office of Education, 5100 Adolfo Way, Camarillo, CA 93012. CA Science Framework Overview for Administrators. For more information and to RSVP contact: Nathan Inouye, Nathan.Inouye@vcoe.org.Date & Time: Nov. 30, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Dec. 11, 8:00 – 11:30 am: Norwalk La Mirada USD Board Room, 12820 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650. Join other educators as LACOE’s STEM unit provide a setting for you to explore the framework and give you insights as to how the chapters were written.  We may even have members of the Framework Committee join you in your discussions as you provide feedback to the writers and the California Department of Education. For more information and to RSVP contact: LACOE – Anthony Quan, http://lacoe.k12oms.org/1542-106425.
  • Dec. 11, 12:00 – 3:30 pm: Norwalk La Mirada USD Board Room, 12820 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650. Join other educators as LACOE’s STEM unit provide a setting for you to explore the framework and give you insights as to how the chapters were written.  We may even have members of the Framework Committee join you in your discussions as you provide feedback to the writers and the California Department of Education. For more information and to RSVP contact: LACOE – Anthony Quan, http://lacoe.k12oms.org/1542-106426.

Location: Hayward – Alameda County Office of Education, Conf. Room 142, 313 W Winton Ave. Hayward, CA
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online at http://goo.gl/forms/0wjpeVqJGz. Questions?: Sylvia Chappell, schappell@acoe.org, 510.326.9680
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Appendix D: HS Three-Year Model: Every Science, Every Year; Ch 8 Assessment of student learning; or Ch 9 Access and Equity


Date & Time: Dec. 1, 3:30 – 5:00 pm – This Event will focus on Elementary Grades Only
Location: Petaluma – Petaluma City Schools District Office, Madrone Room, 200 Douglas St., Petaluma, California, 94952
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Kirsten Franklin , kfranklin@petk12.org
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Appendix A: Recommended Literature for the Science Classroom


Date & Time: Dec. 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Tracy (Member of the K-8 Early Implementer Initiative) -Board Room in the District Education Center, 1875 West Lowell, Tracy, CA 95376
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online at: http://tinyurl.com/NGSSTUSD; Questions: Debra Schneider, dschneider@tusd.net
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 8 Assessment of student learning


Date & Time: Dec. 2, 4:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Los Angeles – USC, Mudd Hall of the Philosophy Room B7b, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Linda Chilton, lchilton@usc.edu
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 9 Access & Equity


Date & Time: Dec. 2, 4:00  – 7:30 pm
Location:San Diego/Lakeside – Franklin Elementary (Member of the K-8 Early Implementer Initiative), 4481 Copeland Ave. San Diego, CA 92116
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online at: http://bit.ly/1ijUyVt. Questions? Christine Compton Hall: ccompton@sandi.net or Dave Tupper dtupper@lsusd.net
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning; Ch 9 Access and Equity; Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools; Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12


Date & Time: Dec. 2, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Torrance – Levy Adult School, Rm 20, 3420 W 229th Pl., Torrance, CA 90505
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/lh7ddo3Jbq. Questions? scienceresourceteachers@tusd.org
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality science instruction: Professional learning, leadership and supports or Appendix D: HS Three-Year Model: Every Science, Every Year


Date & Time: Dec. 3, 4:30-7:30 pm
Location: San Jose – Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park, San Jose, CA 95131
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP online at: http://bit.ly/CAdraft. Questions? Alice Serraon alice_serraon@sccoe.org, (408)453-6959
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning or Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12


Date & Time: Dec. 7, 4:30 -7:30 pm
Location: Stockton – San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton 95206
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Please call Amy Kennedy at 209-468-4880 or email at akennedy@sjcoe.net to reserve your spot. You must RSVP to attend so that we have enough space and dinner.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning or Ch 12 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12


Date & Time: Dec. 7, 4:00 -6:00 pm
Location: San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Office of Education, 601 North E Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Linda Braatz Brown, Linda_Braatz-Brown@sbcss.k12.ca.us
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…

Date & Time: Dec. 12, 8:30 am – 11:30 am for TK-5  teachers and Informal Institutions
Location: Los Angeles – Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation at the California Science Center, 722 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP online by Dec. 10. For more information contact Gretchen Bazela, gbazela@cscmail.org
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…


Date & Time: Dec. 15, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Rialto – RUSD Chavez Huerte Center of Education, 324 N Palm Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Juanita Chan, jchan@rialto.k12.ca.us
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning


Date & Time: Dec. 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Portola Valley School District Annex Building, 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP http://pvsd.us/ngsspv. Questions: Jason Borgen at jborgen@pvsd.net or Hope Oliver at holiver@pvsd.net
Additional Chapter To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality science instruction: Professional learning, leadership and supports


Date & Time: Dec. 16, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Location: Oakland – Oakland USD (Member of the K-8 Early Implementer Initiative), Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, Ca 94619
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGSS_Review. Questions: Claudio Vargas, Claudio.vargas@ousd.org
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 9 Access and Equity

Date & Time: Jan. 5, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Location: Long Beach – CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSULB-Framework-RSVP Questions?: Natalia Mora, Natalia.mora@csulb.edu, 562-985-4801
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…or Appendix A: Recommended Literature for the Science Classroom


Date & Time: Jan. 5, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm – Elementary Grades Only (TK – 5)
Location: Morgan Hill – Morgan Hill USD, Second Floor, ESD Training Room, 15600 Concord Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online: http://goo.gl/urVjbM Questions?: Heather Wygant, wyganth@mhusd.org.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 9 Access & Equity or Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…

 

Date & Time: Jan. 6, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm – Secondary Grades Only (6-12)
Location: Morgan Hill – Morgan Hill USD, Second Floor, ESD Training Room, 15600 Concord Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP Online: http://goo.gl/urVjbM Questions?: Heather Wygant, wyganth@mhusd.org.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 9 Access & Equity or Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…


Date & Time: Jan. 7, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Galt (Member of the K-8 Early Implementer Initiative): Galt Joint Union Elementary District Office @ 1018 C Street Suite 210, Galt, CA 95632
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Barbara Woods, bwoods@galt.k12.ca.us
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 10 Instructional Strategies for the NGSS for CA Public Schools…and Appendix C: Progression of SEP, DCI, CCC K-12


Date & Time: Jan. 7, 4:00-7:30 pm
Location: Jackson – Jackson Junior High, Room 4, 333 Rex Ave., Jackson, CA
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Sinead Klement, sklement@amadorcoe.k12.ca.us, 209-257-5704
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Appendix B: EEI EP&C Charts and Appendix C: Progression of SEP, DCI, CCC K-12 in K-12


Date & Time: Jan. 7, 4:00-7:30 pm
Location: San Francisco – San Francisco Unified School District Office of Curriculum and Instruction, 750 25th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/TTNS5nmc9D. For more information contact Dawn Rege at reged@sfusd.edu.
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Attendees choose one: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality professional learning or Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning


Date & Time: Jan. 8, 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Ventura -Ventura County Office of Education, 5100 Adolfo Way, Camarillo, CA 93012
Contact Person & RSVP Information: Nathan Inouye, Nathan.Inouye@vcoe.org
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 9 Access & Equity


Date & Time: Jan. 8, 4:30-6:30 pm
Location: Elk Grove -EGUSD District Office at 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Rd. Elk Grove CA. 95624 Conference Room 117
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP to participate: Ray Pietersen rpieters@egusd.net
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 8 Assessment of Student Learning


Date & Time: Jan. 9, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Monterey – Monterey Bay Aquarium (Free Admission!), 886 Cannery RowMonterey, CA 93940
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mbascireview. Questions: Mary Whaley, mwhaley@mbayaq.org
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Appendix A and B


Date & Time: Jan. 9, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Folsom – CSTA Offices, 950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150, Folsom, CA 95630
Contact Person & RSVP Information: RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/6s3b8q7AK8. Questions: Lisa Hegdahl, lhegdahl@galt.k12.ca.us
Additional Chapters To Be Reviewed at This Site: Ch 11 Implementing high-quality science instruction: Professional learning, leadership and supports

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and past-president of CSTA. She serves as chair of CSTA’s Nominating Committee and is a co-chair of the NGSS Committee.

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The California Department of Education and State Board of Education are now accepting applications for reviewers for the 2018 Science Instructional Materials Adoption. The application deadline is 3:00 pm, July 21, 2017. The application is comprehensive, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson forwarded this recruitment letter to county and district superintendents and charter school administrators.

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Lessons Learned from the NGSS Early Implementer Districts

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

On March 31, 2017, Achieve released two documents examining some lessons learned from the California K-8 Early Implementation Initiative. The initiative began in August 2014 and 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.

Eight (8) traditional school districts and two (2) charter management organizations were selected to participate in the initiative, becoming the first districts in California to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Those districts included Galt Joint Union Elementary, Kings Canyon Joint Unified, Lakeside Union, Oakland Unified, Palm Springs Unified, San Diego Unified, Tracy Joint Unified, Vista Unified, Aspire, and High Tech High.

To more closely examine some of the early successes and challenges experienced by the Early Implementer LEAs, Achieve interviewed nine of the ten participating districts and compiled that information into two resources, focusing primarily on professional learning and instructional materials. Learn More…

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

Using Online Simulations to Support the NGSS in Middle School Classrooms

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

by Lesley Gates, Loren Nikkel, and Kambria Eastham

Middle school teachers in Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), a CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative district, have been diligently working on transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) integrated model for middle school. This year, the teachers focused on building their own knowledge of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). They have been gathering and sharing ideas at monthly collaborative meetings as to how to make sure their students are not just learning about science but that they are actually doing science in their classrooms. Students should be planning and carrying out investigations to gather data for analysis in order to construct explanations. This is best done through hands-on lab experiments. Experimental work is such an important part of the learning of science and education research shows that students learn better and retain more when they are active through inquiry, investigation, and application. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011) notes, “…learning about science and engineering involves integration of the knowledge of scientific explanations (i.e., content knowledge) and the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design. Thus the framework seeks to illustrate how knowledge and practice must be intertwined in designing learning experiences in K-12 Science Education” (pg. 11).

Many middle school teachers in KCUSD are facing challenges as they begin implementing these student-driven, inquiry-based NGSS science experiences in their classrooms. First, many of the middle school classrooms at our K-8 school sites are not designed as science labs. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the NGSS Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

Celestial Highlights: May – July 2017

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

May Through July 2017 with Web Resources for the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Graphs of planet rising and setting times by Jeffrey L. Hunt.

In spring and summer 2017, Jupiter is the most prominent “star” in the evening sky, and Venus, even brighter, rules the morning. By mid-June, Saturn rises at a convenient evening hour, allowing both giant planets to be viewed well in early evening until Jupiter sinks low in late September. The Moon is always a crescent in its monthly encounters with Venus, but is full whenever it appears near Jupiter or Saturn in the eastern evening sky opposite the Sun. (In 2017, Full Moon is near Jupiter in April, Saturn in June.) At intervals of 27-28 days thereafter, the Moon appears at a progressively earlier phase at each pairing with the outer planet until its final conjunction, with Moon a thin crescent, low in the west at dusk. You’ll see many beautiful events by just following the Moon’s wanderings at dusk and dawn in the three months leading up to the solar eclipse. Learn More…

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Robert Victor

Robert C. Victor was Staff Astronomer at Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University. He is now retired and enjoys providing skywatching opportunities for school children in and around Palm Springs, CA. Robert is a member of CSTA.