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.
visit the official site for this Initiative on WestEd's website.
The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation
To get a jump-start on the implementation in California of
the Next Generation Science Standards, eight school districts
and two charter management organizations (CMOs) have been
selected to participate in the California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation
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,
this Initiative will be a fast-start demonstration project
to build local education agency (LEA) capacity to fully implement
the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades K-8.
The Initiative begins its work August 4-8, 2014 with a weeklong
Academy in Southern California.
The LEAs will engage with the K-12 Alliance in the Initiative
over a four-year period to collaboratively develop and participate
in leadership training for teachers and administrators, and
in teacher professional development in content and pedagogy
to meet the conceptual shifts required by NGSS. The participating
districts and charters will form a CA NGSS Collaborative Network
as a learning community for sharing best practices and addressing
challenges of practice. In addition, the participating LEAs
will serve as a “lab” to selectively beta-test NGSS-aligned
instructional materials, implementation tools, and performance
assessment prototype items. Learnings from these districts
will be shared statewide to advance high-quality science teaching
Selected in a competitive application process, with input
from expert reviewers, and funded by the S.D.
Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the eight California districts
are: Galt Joint Union Elementary School District,
Kings Canyon Unified School District, Lakeside Union School
District, Oakland Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified
School District, San Diego Unified School District, Tracy
Unified School District, and Vista Unified
The two California CMOs in the Initiative are Aspire
and High Tech High, whose participation is
funded by the Hastings/Quillin Fund at the Silicon
Valley Community Foundation.
The districts and CMOs broadly represent the diversity of
California schools in terms of demographics, location, and
size. They were chosen based upon previous demonstrated commitment
to science education, high capacity to begin implementing
NGSS in 2014-15, and a commitment to implementing the CA NGSS
Integrated Model for 6-8. Collectively, they will impact approximately
The CA K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative will provide
teachers and administrators with in-depth, content-rich professional
development support from leaders in California’s science education
community that have been deeply engaged with NGSS content
from the beginning and have strong experience in the professional
learning of science educators. In addition, through informal
collaborations among the K-12 Alliance, Achieve, and others,
the LEAs in the Collaborative will be given unique opportunities
to be in the forefront of pilot testing new NGSS-aligned tools,
processes, assessment item prototypes, and digital and other
instructional materials to help the developers ensure their
value to science educators. Charters and districts participating
in this NGSS early implementers initiative will be paving
the way and eventually serving as resources for NGSS implementation
across California, and in other NGSS-adopting states as well.
For more information, contact Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director,
K-12 Alliance at WestEd, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.812.0288.