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​​​​The San Diego County Office of Education Science Department offers a variety of events and professional learning opportunities to help educators learn about and deepen their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), plan science instruction, develop assessments, and evaluate materials for alignment to the new standards. These services are designed to support and build capacity of districts and schools implementing the NGSS.​

Visit our Professional Learning Opportunities​ page for more information on each of our offerings ​and to register for these events or click the flyer image to download the annual list of offerings.


The CA NGSS Statewide Implementation Professional Learning Series: Building Student Sensemaking Through Disciplinary Literacy is now OPEN for REGISTRATION!

Building student sensemaking through disciplinary literacy in science is a critical topic for the continued growth and implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards. Four strands have been developed to address literacy including using text, argumentation, discourse and notebooking. In each strand, participants will engage with: the specific topic and strategies for implementation; discussion and assessment of strategies; sharing and collaboration time with colleagues; and planning time. Each strand has both an elementary and secondary section.

Choose from one of the four online Professional Learning Strands.

Use of Science Notebooks

Dates:  September 21, 23, 28, and 30, 2021 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. 

Follow-up event on November 9, 2021 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Discourse of Sensemaking in Science

Dates:  November 30, December 1, 7, and 8, 2021 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Follow-up event on February 1, 2022 from 4:00 pm-6:00pm.

How to Use Science Text

Dates:  February 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2022 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. 

Follow-up event on April 6, 2022 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.

Argumentation/Moving Beyond CER

Dates:  March 22, 24, 29, and 31, 2022 from 4:00 pm-7:00pm.  

Follow-up event on April 28, 2022 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.


Register as a team of two or more, at the same time, to receive a $50 discount per attendee.

The event flyer is attached to this email for further registration and strand session details. You can also click here to see more!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please do not hesitate to reach out to John Spiegel at john.spiegel@sdcoe.net. Please also share this announcement to others who might be interested in participating in the  CA NGSS Statewide Implementation Professional Learning Series



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