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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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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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STEAM at Home

With the recent closure of schools as a local, state and national health safety response to the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic, a group of colleagues and I have assembled a set of outstanding FREE resources for students, parents and teachers to…

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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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State Board Approves Science Instructional Materials

At the November 8-9, 2018 meeting, the CA State Board of Education approved the largest number of publisher instructional materials (IM) for science in the history of state adoptions. Click here to download the list of approved publisher materials: CDE_2018…

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Update on NGSS Instructional Materials Adoption

CSTA has just released an excellent update on the current status of NGSS Instructional Materials Adoption as it pertains to (1) K-8 Adoption; (2) Standards Maps for High School; (3) Resources for Reviewing Instructional Materials; (4) CSTA White Paper: Priority…

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