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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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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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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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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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