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Next Generation Science

Blog: Exploring NGSS

Science SymbolThis blog focuses on the new science standards that were adopted for California’s K-12 public schools in 2013. It offers ideas and resources to support science instruction in relation to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and 21st century learning.

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Cultivating Discovery, Creation, and Possibility
05.31.17
In his 2013 TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson draws a parallel between a spring bloom in Death Valley and the potential in education: “Right beneath the surface are seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions to come about in order to spring to life…(therefore) the real role of leadership is climate control- creating a climate of possibility.” Read More...


The Power of Science Education: An Earth Day Reflection
04.21.17
Jane Goodall, arguably one of the preeminent environmental scientists of our time, once said “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” This is the core message of Earth Day and is at the heart of what I hope students are taking away from their science education and school in general, along with the skill and wisdom to make such a decision. As we celebrate Earth Day this year, Goodall’s words are also a call to action for us as science educators. Read More...


Science-Minded Citizenship
02.21.17
Science is controversial right now. In the midst of media coverage that is now consistently tumultuous, scientific topics feature prominently. While this can feel like a big shift, controversy surrounding science is nothing new. Read More...


Being First
11.18.16
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The Next Day
11.10.16
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What's Next?
09.07.16
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Ten Years a Teacher: Pondering Purpose
05.27.16
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The Case for Student Empowerment and Creativity in the NGSS Classroom
04.07.16
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The Possibilities and the Dilemma
02.22.16
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A Tale of Technology and Thanksgiving
11.23.15
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