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2017-18 catalogue of professional learning opportunities for science. Click to open.The 2017-18 Science Professional Learning catalogue is now available. Start planning your schedule for the summer and next school year now. The SDCOE science learning events are designed to support and build the capacity of schools and districts as educators and administrators deepen their understanding of the NGSS, plan science instruction, develop assessments, and evaluate materials for alignment to the new standards. 

Change the way your students experience science by embracing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)​

The work of planning​ and teaching with NGSS in mind is complex and challenging, so rely on the San Diego County Office of Education for the latest in NGSS professional learning opportunities. ​​​​​​​​​​​​Sign up​ to be notified about new professional learning opportunities by email​.​


​Click a category below to see the available professional learning opportunities​ or browse them all by scrolling down.                       

Elementary Level 
Secondary Level
​​​Science Events 
Leadership Building Events ​

Science professional learning is designed to help leaders and teachers prepare for and implement NGSS and California Standards through awareness, transition, and implementation, and four stages beginning with initial exposure, then deepening understanding, followed by planning instruction, and ending with full alignment of instruction. ​

There are four stages of implementing NGSS in the classroom 









​​Annual Conference

NGSS Leadership Conference 2018 

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

The 3rd annual NGSS Leadership Conference brings district teams together with California and national leaders in science education to support the transition and implementation of NGSS. Teams receive the most current information on NGSS, collaborate and learn about implementation efforts with other districts, and refine their own NGSS implementation plans.

March 9, 2018​ Register​ $150



​​Elementary K-5 Level Professional Learning​​

Elementary Science Academy  Summer Institutes      

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3Learn more about the Elementary Science Academy Cohort 4

An intensive nine-day professional learning experience which consists of a four-day summer institute and five-follow up days throughout the school year. Teachers study and apply research and best practices for teaching science in an elementary classroom. They explore the CA Literacy Standards and NGSS, collect and analyze student work, and apply their learning in the classroom.  $1,200  

 The 2017 institute has ended, check back in the spring for info on our 2018  institute.


Elementary Science Academy Follow-Up Network

Implementation Stage 3 (Cohorts 1 or 2 of the Elementary Science Academy)

Ongoing professional learning community for participants of previous cohorts of the Elementary Science Academy. Participants continue to deepen their understanding of the instructional shifts of NGSS while implementing phenomena-based lessons with an emphasis on student discourse. Participants will plan with grade-level colleagues across the county, collect and analyze student work, and apply their learning in the classroom.

Implementation Stage 3 and 4 (Cohorts 1-3 of the Elementary Science Academy)

 2017/2018: Sept. 14, Nov. 14, Feb. 22, April 18   Register


Elementary NGSS Three-Day Academy​

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3

Participants deepen understanding of the instructional shifts and dimensions of NGSS. They explore grade-level Performance Expectations and the recently adopted California Science Framework, work collaboratively with others to develop a phenomena-based conceptual storyline, and begin planning a coherent three-dimensional instructional unit. $150 

Jan 30, 31 and Feb. 6, 2018   Register



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Secondary 6-12 Level Professional Learning​

Secondary NGSS Three-Day Academy 

Implementation Stage 2,3

A three-day experience where participants deepen understanding of the instructional shifts and dimensions of NGSS. They explore grade-level Performance Expectations and the recently adopted California Science Framework, work collaboratively with others to develop a phenomena-based conceptual storyline, and begin planning a coherent three-dimensional instructional unit. $150

2017 Session: Oct. 3, 4 and 10 Register  

2018 Session: May 15, 16 and 22 Register 



Science Events K-12 ​

#Project Phenome​na Work Group

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

A two-day work group that where participants deepen understanding of what scientific phenomena are and their importance in NGSS-aligned instruction. They learn how to identify useful phenomena which can drive instruction and student learning in the science classroom. They identify instructional resources to support student exploration, investigation, and explanation of relevant phenomena. $125

Nov. 28, 29, 2017  Register

Jan. 16, 17, 2018   Register  


Introducing 3-Dimensional Learning and NGSS Instructional Shifts

Implementation Stage 1

A one-day exploration where participants learn about the vision, goals, and instructional shifts of NGSS. They discuss how the three-dimensions of NGSS (Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas) were used to build the standards and how they guide learning in the classroom. They review the newly adopted California Science Framework which guides curriculum, instruction, and assessment. $75

Oct. 5, 2017   Register



​Leadership Capacity Building Events

Using the CA Science Framework to Implement NGSS: Statewide Rollout

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4Learn more about the new event titled Using the CA Science Framework to Implement NGSS

A two-day experience for district teams to learn how to use the newly adopted California Science Framework to effectively implement NGSS. Sessions include exposure to the Framework, updates on state and classroom assessment, the importance of phenomena in NGSS, and administrator support. This professional learning experience is a collaboration of statewide organizations supporting CA NGSS implementation, including K12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the County Offices of Education. $250 

Register here

November 7 and 8, 2017


NGSS For Administrators: What You Need to Know

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

Participants learn about the innovations and instructional shifts of NGSS, including three-dimensional learning, the role of phenomena in the science classroom, and what to look for in the classroom as evidence of NGSS implementation.

Sept. 19, 2017   Register


Science Leaders Network

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

Ongoing network designed to bring administrators and science leaders together with the goal of building capacity of all stakeholders to effectively implement NGSS in the region. Participants receive current statewide and local updates regarding NGSS implementation efforts, including curriculum, assessment, and professional learning opportunities.

Sept. 21, Oct. 31, Dec. 13, Feb. 15  Register



 

​For more information about professional development opportunities please contact 

 John Spiegel, Chelsea Cochrane​or​ Kathy Bowman.​