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Category: Prof. Development


NGSS SEP Implementation Tool

I recently came across some great instructional resources, developed by Instructional Leadership for Science Practices (ILSP), that can assist teachers (and administrators) with the implementation of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Link to downloadable PDF: SEPs_Practices and Student Performance…

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Distance Learning Page Launched

With more of you transitioning to the “virtual” world of instruction, we have launched a new page, “Distance Learning”  to help guide your accelerated professional learning curve to learn and implement the various options and applications of distance learning. I…

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Building Capacity for Teaching Engineering

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has just released a new publication, Building Capacity for Teaching Engineering in K-12 Education, available as a FREE downloadable document. This publication reviews existing curricula and programs, as well as related research…

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Evaluating Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments

Achieve has released a new publication, A Framework to Evaluate Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments, which focuses on a new approach to capture and communicate the complexity of summative assessment items and tasks designed for three-dimensional standards. This framework can…

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Training Dates for “TIME”

Statewide trainings for California’s Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation (TIME) are now available to district teams moving forward with their science adoption. Based on comprehensive, collaborative work by CSTA, CISC, K-12 Alliance, California Science Project and County Offices of Education,…

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Achieve Releases Performance Task Screening Tools

This past week, Achieve released two new tools that will assist teachers in evaluating science assessment tasks to determine whether they accommodate for the three-dimensionality of NGSS. The Science Task Prescreen is used to conduct a quick review of assessment tasks…

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High School Course Decision-Making

My long-time colleague, friend, and previous student over 34 years ago , Eric Brundin is the Science Curriculum Leader for Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD).  As with many high schools in California, LBUSD is still grappling with their transition…

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NGSS Homepage Redesign

I know many of you preferred the “original” Achieve web search engine a few years ago to help locate specific grade-level or discipline-related performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas. I know I did….It was very simple and straight-forward. Achieve has…

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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…

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PEEC for NGSS Instructional Materials Design

I wanted to provide a “heads-up” to all my school and district colleague “early implementers” of today’s release of Achieve’s PEEC, the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for NGSS Instructional Materials Design. The two purposes of PEEC are: to help…

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