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.
Letter of Intent due April 30, 2014
Application due May 19, 2014 5:00 pm
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
- Develop a CA NGSS Collaborative as a cross-district learning
community for implementation including networking and pilot
testing tools and processes for quality implementation;
- 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
April 30 5:00 pm Letter of Intent is due.
May 19 5:00 pm Completed Application is due.