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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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Education in a World Turned Upside Down
10.17.17
In the wake of these horrific fires, we are adjusting to a new reality and reexamining what’s important. Educators have an important role to play in defining what life looks like going forward. As students return to school, they are looking to teachers for how to respond in the face of such an overwhelming tragedy. And so every educator has a huge and important task ahead. How will you help shape the new reality? Read More...


No One is Alone
08.23.17
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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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