Next Generation Science
Never before has our world been so complex and science knowledge so critical. Science understanding is key to comprehending current events, choosing and using technology, or making informed decisions about healthcare. All students – whether they become technicians in a hospital, workers in high-tech manufacturing, or science researchers – need a solid science education.
In 2013, new science standards were adopted for California’s K-12 public schools. These Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are rich in content and practice. They are arranged across disciplines and grade levels to give all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
NEW! 21st Century Science Teacher Leader Cohort
SCOE is committed to developing educational leaders throughout the county who can support schools and districts in the implementation of 21st Century strategies and lessons. We recognize that with the implementation of NGSS there is an opportunity for leadership development and are delighted to invite science educators to apply to be part of a 21st Century Science Teacher Leader Cohort. Click here for cohort and application details. Applications are due May 12, 2017.
Science Professional Development at SCOE
Once scheduled, all professional development events related to science will be shown below. If nothing is shown below, there are no upcoming classes.
|Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & 21st Century Science (Two After-School Sessions)||09/27/2017||4:00pm-6:00pm|
|Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & 21st Century Science (Single Day Session)||09/28/2017||8:30am-3:30pm|
|Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (SERIES)||11/02/2017||8:30am-3:30pm|
|Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (November ONLY)||11/02/2017||8:30am-3:30pm|
|Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (February ONLY)||02/01/2018||8:30am-3:30pm|
Celebrating Earth day
Letís take this Earth Day to examine our individual and collective vision for science, urges SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht in her latest blog post. She talks about this history of this important day and how this year's Earth Day is being celebrated with a day of action.Click here to read the blog post.
- Walk a Mile for Science: This exciting April 22, 2017 event, for children 0-5 and their families, involves a mile-long walk to the Children's Museum of Sonoma County. English Flier | Spanish Flier
- North Bay Maker Educator Meetups
Maker Educator Meetups (MEMs) are an opportunity to meet with like minded educators and learn from one another. The goals of the monthly meetups (alternating between Sonoma and Marin counties) are support, networking, and equity — bringing design and making to all youth.
- Buck Institute: Learn how to use cartooning to teach science | Flier | Sign-up Form
- Register for the POGIL Southwest Regional Workshop</> to be held in Colorado on 7/12/17
- Implementing NGSS: FOSS California K–5 Summer Institute 2017 | July 25–27, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Flier
- The 2017 STEM Gravity Race Car Challenge is a STEM education collaboration between Kid Scoop News, Sonoma Raceway, and Friedman’s Home Improvement.
- Pepperwood Reserve is accepting applications for its 2017 summer TeenNat internship. This free internship provides an opportunity for a team of 13-18 year olds to participate in science and art while exploring a 3,200 acre nature preserve. Download the flier and application.
- Green Ninja, an organization that builds curriculum that inspires students to design a more sustainable world,is now offering a middle school NGSS learning sequence that integrates Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science and Engineering Design into a fun and engaging semester. A summary of the standards covered and outline of each Unit is given here.
- Buck Institute Field Trips
- LiMPETS, Long-term Monitoring Program & Experimental Training for Students
- Sonoma County Astronomical Society
- KQED Quest
- Expanding Your Horizons - Sonoma County (Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers)
- Sustainable North Bay Youth Summit
- Sacramento Area Science Project Open Summer Institute | Registration
- The Resilience Rising Academy's mission is to educate and empower emerging leaders to expand their capacity for leadership, social change, and community transformation. Learn more:
English | Spanish
Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP)
Attention, high school juniors: Are you passionate about science? Would you like to get paid to spend the summer at Sonoma State University researching a topic like cancer therapy; how to improve healthcare for the uninsured in Sonoma County; how mussels respond to environmental changes; or designing a 3D printable spectrometer while under the mentorship of a professor? The SHIP program, a collaboration between SCOE and Sonoma State University’s School of Science and Technology, matches top high school juniors with SSU faculty mentors who are conducting research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Participating students earn a $1,000 stipend and have the opportunity to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities while interacting with faculty and SSU students in the university environment.
Resource Materials from Past Trainings
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp, March 10 and 11, 2016 | Additional Materials on Sequencing
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp presentation, December 3, 2015
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades K-6, Sept. 22, 2015
Additional Resources from Arthur Beauchamp Presentation
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades 6-12, Sept. 21, 2015
NGSS for Grades 9-12, March 3-4, 2015
NGSS for Grades 6-8, Jan 27-28, 2015
NGSS for Grades K-5, Jan 12-13, 2015
NGSS Overview, Oct 27, 2014