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At-Home Science Safety

A colleague and friend of mine from Burbank USD contacted me about a month ago asking if the state or county had any at-home science safety guidelines for teachers, students and parents engaged in distance learning instruction. After speaking with…

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Sustaining an Equitable Online Community

I know that opening school for the 2020-21 academic year has brought additional responsibilities, concerns, stress and anxiety to you as a teacher or administrator. My colleagues and friends at the UCLA Science Project created a PDF HyperDoc to help…

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SDCOE Distance Learning Units

The San Diego County Office of Education has designed K-12 integrated learning units of study that focus on grade-level essential learnings across all curricular content areas. Assessment opportunities are also included, along with student feedback options. Being faced with the…

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Two new books from National Academies

The National Academies recently released two books that are definitely “a must read.” Building Educational Equity Indicator Systems: A Guidebook for States and School Districts, provides information to help state and school district leaders develop ways of tracking educational equity…

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Design HS Curriculum for OpenSciEd

Hey, all you folks that are into curriculum development!  OpenSciEd is looking for colleagues interested in participating in their next phase of free online, NGSS-aligned instructional unit development for HIGH SCHOOL. A free informational webinar, hosted by OpenSciEd, is scheduled…

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Strategies Aligned to Virtual Platforms

Virtual Platforms That Mimic Face-to-Face Instructional Strategies Since the closure of schools in mid-March resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, I have devoted a significant amount of time accelerating my personal online learning curve.   I have particularly focused on virtual…

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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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OpenSciEd: FREE NGSS-aligned Resource Units

A group of state education agencies, working with school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community, created and field tested a complete set of robust, research-based, open-source science instructional materials that are aligned to the…

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Freshman Admission Lab Science Requirement Update

The “d” laboratory science requirement has recently been revised to include discipline options for A-G courses submitted for UC approval. These updated science disciplines align with the Next Generation Science Standards. For specific details regarding updates, visit  https://tinyurl.com/y6o82hpf

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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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