NGSS Rollout #4

A couple of weeks ago, I was one of about 40 SoCal colleagues that facilitated various breakout sessions for the two-day NGSS Rollout #4-The California Science Framework– for the Los Angeles/Orange County areas. Whether you were a Science TOSA or school/district administrator, a TK-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 teacher, participants attended a series of three breakout sessions focusing on Phenomena, Lesson Sequence, and Assessment, respectively. For the fourth and final breakout session, participants were able to select from a series of choices, each elaborating on a specific chapter addressed in the CA Science Framework.

On day 1, I had the privilege of co-presenting with Kurt Holland on Grade 9-12 Lesson Sequence, using the high school Bio/Earth integrated course as our lens. On day 2, I co-facilitated one of the “choice” breakouts on Professional Learning Models with long-time colleague and friend, Annie Maben. In both sessions, the participants were engaged, extremely collaborative, and posed a lot of great questions that kept all of us on our toes. Here are some pictures of the sessions I facilitated.

Both Anthony Quan from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Christie Pearce from Orange County Department of Education, along with their respective support staff, did a phenomenal job with both the advance preparation and coordination of the two-day symposium, served close to 500 attendees. Kudos to Anthony and Christie for their great leadership! And thank you, Annie, for the candid pics!

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