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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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