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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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New NGSS Parent Guides

Achieve has developed and released informative grade-level parent guides for schools and districts implementing Next Generation Science Standards. Guides are provided in both English and Spanish, and do an excellent job explaining the essential elements of NGSS and what science…

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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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NSTA Los Angeles a Big Success!

Kudos to my good friends Tim Williamson, Terry Shanahan, Anthony Quan and Susan Gomez Zweip for a phenomenal job organizing the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2017! Personal thanks to the 200+ colleagues that attended my…

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Implementing NGSS-Key Resources

Two documents have come to my attention that provide significant guidance and recommendations for successful district implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. Achieve has released the NGSS District Implementation Indicators, a document outlining important indicators of successful NGSS implementation at…

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New Online Unit Planning Tool

I wanted to share this statewide resource I developed last year as Science Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education. Prior to my retirement last July, I had trained over 200 “trainer of trainers” throughout the state on how…

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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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Field Trip Resources

Just the other day, my long-time friend and colleague, Annie Maben, a science consultant for the UCLA Science Project,  sent me an updated version of her Southern CA Field Trip Website List she has assembled and organized by discipline. This…

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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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