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Next Generation Science Standards

K-8 CA NGSS Early Implementation Initiative

An initiative under the direction of the K-12 Alliance/WestEd funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

Please visit the official site for this Initiative on WestEd's website.

Letter of Intent due April 30, 2014 5:00 pm
Application due May 19, 2014 5:00 pm

Introduction/Background

The K-8 CA NGSS Early Implementation Initiative is a 4-year fast-start demonstration project developed by the K-12 Alliance with close collaborative input from the leadership of the California Department of Education, the California State Board of Education, and Achieve to build district leadership capacity to implement NGSS district-wide. The Initiative is funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

California adopted the NGSS in 2013 with a projected state-wide implementation in the year 2016-17. This Initiative is designed to meet the needs of districts that are eager to be early implementers, who have the capacity and fortitude to be visionary in their implementation, and who are willing to collaborate to help other districts as they begin their implementation.

The Initiative is designed to provide professional learning and networking opportunities for district administrators and teachers that will result in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the district’s science program. The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Build district and school capacity to implement the CA NGSS through administrator and teacher leadership;
  • Increase teacher content knowledge and pedagogical skills to implement the CA NGSS including the CA SBE Preferred Integrated Model for grades 6-8;
  • Increase student opportunities to learn via CA NGSS to increase science (i.e., disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts) understanding;
  • Build a collaborative school culture that supports the CA NGSS;
  • Develop a CA NGSS Collaborative as a cross-district learning community for implementation including networking and pilot testing tools and processes for quality implementation; and
  • Disseminate tools/processes to other CA districts who are implementing NGSS.

Five-to-seven (5-7) districts interested in early implementation of K-8 science (using the State Board of Education’s preferred CA Integrated Model for grades 6-8) will be selected for participation in the Initiative. Selected districts will broadly represent the diversity of California districts (demographics, size, location, etc.) and have the potential to serve as exemplars and resources for other LEAs statewide and nationally as they begin implementation of the NGSS.

Districts will participate as teams. Depending on the size of the LEA, the Core Leadership Team will consist of up to 6-9 K-8 teachers and 3 administrators (one elementary and one middle school principal and one district choice). The Lead Teacher Team will consist of up to sixty K-8 teachers who will engage in professional learning to develop expertise in science content and pedagogy. Together these teams will provide professional development for all teachers in their district.

Timeline

April 30 5:00 pm Letter of Intent is due.

May 19 5:00 pm Completed Application is due.