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NGSS Unit Planning Template Revisions

For those of you who are currently using, or interested in using my NGSS Unit Development Tool protocol, I have made some new revisions to the Google Sheet Template. In alignment with the language of the newly released California Science…

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PD @ The Accelerated School

I recently completed three 2-hour “awareness” trainings for the elementary teachers at The Accelerated School (TAS) in Los Angeles. What made this a special consulting gig is the founder and CEO of the school, Johnathan Williams, is a former student…

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NGSS Framework Rollout #4 ToT

Just finished a two-day intensive “presenter training” in preparation for the LA-Orange County NGSS Framework/Rollout #4 Symposium scheduled for June 7-8, 2017 at Excelsior High School in Norwalk. Breakout sessions were well-designed and will provide great modeling and appropriate connections…

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Palmdale moves forward with NGSS

My most recent work has been with a great group of middle school science and special education teachers in Palmdale School District. I was thrilled to be working with such a enthusiastic group of colleagues, along with tremendous support from…

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NGSS Rollout #4 Coming Statewide

Registration is now available for NGSS Rollout #4, which will focus on how to use the newly adopted California Science Framework to support your implementation of NGSS. Download the Flyer with sessions here The scheduled dates for each two-day professional…

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SAFETY & LIABILITY

Classroom safety and liability has and continues to be one of my major areas of focus for professional development for teachers, administrators and district risk management officers. I am always overwhelmed and pleased by the number of colleagues that attend…

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Searchable Phenomena

Another web-based resource I would like to reference is one developed by John Spiegel from San Diego COE and various district colleagues in San Diego County. It is a great search engine which allows a teacher to select a disciplinary…

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Linking NGSS, PBL & Science Fairs

Thinking about my Buck Institute training on Project Based Learning, and my years of service as President of the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair Committee, there is no better way a fellow science teacher can support and make…

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NGSS Phenomena Resources

SO many teachers I work with ask for examples of phenomena-based lessons! I put together these two documents for middle and high school teachers and I am currently working on a similar document for K-5 elementary teachers. Sample NGSS Lessons…

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Science Fair Connections

One of the best things about science curriculum reform efforts is that great products are developed and shared by so many colleagues across our state. I just was given an excellent resource that illustrates the strong connections between science and…

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