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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.

New!  2021 NGSS Assessment Summer Institute

Dear Science Educator,

The science team at the San Diego County Office of Education invites you to join us for a summer of learning to support you in developing classroom assessment systems aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The 2021 NGSS Assessment Summer Institute is designed for grade-level (elementary) or course-alike (secondary) teams to experience how to collaboratively build a system of support around the implementation of instructional materials and three-dimensional assessments in science. This institute will run on selected days from July 7 to July 20 with additional follow-up sessions from August to December of 2021.
Each summer institute learning session will be conducted synchronously via Zoom to provide your team with essential understandings, resources, and processes to strengthen classroom curriculum embedded assessment systems in science. Teams may choose to schedule additional time to apply the learning in the context of district and school goals and priorities.
We invite you to be a part of the 2021 NGSS Assessment Summer Institute. The cost for a grade-level (elementary) or course-alike (secondary) district team of up to 6 people is $1,500 (per team), which includes access to all learning sessions, resources, and follow-up support. Participating teams should have access to NGSS aligned instructional materials or a course of study which they will use during the institute.
To register a grade-level or course-alike district team, please visit: Register Here

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 Please also share this announcement to others who might be interested in participating in the 2021 NGSS Assessment Summer Institute.

Winter Science Snippets+ Professional Learning Series

Session #4: Citizen Science

Session #3: Getting Students Outside with Science Notebooks

Session #2: Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Student Learning

Session #1: Using the Crosscutting Concepts to Spark and Deepen Classroom Discourse

Summer Science Snippets Professional Learning Series

Session #4: Supporting Use of the Science and Engineering Practices in Virtual Leaning Spaces - Developing and Using Models

Session #3: Leveraging Local Phenomena in Virtual Learning Spaces

Session #2: Using Science to Spark Meaningful Conversations

Session #1: Using SDCOE’s Distance Learning Units of Study