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Science Professional Development


 2018-19 Science Professional Learning registration is now available. Start planning your schedule for the 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 2019

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

The 5th 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 8, 2019  $150



​​Elementary K-5 Level Professional Learning​​

Elementary Science Academy Summer Institute      

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3

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.  

 July 9-12 2018


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 1-4 of the Elementary Science Academy)

 2018/2019: Oct. 11, Dec. 4, March 19   Register


NGSS Three-Day Academy​

Implementation Stage 2, 3, 4

Participants deepen their 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 

Feb 12, 13 and 21, 2019   Register



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Secondary 6-12 Level Professional Learning​

NGSS Three-Day Academy 

Implementation Stage 2, 3, 4

Participants deepen their 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

Feb 12, 13 and 21, 2019 Register 



Science Events K-12 ​

Introducing Three Dimensional Learning and NGSS Instructional Shifts: What You Need to Know

Implementation Stage 1

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

Sept 18, 2018  Register


The Crosswalk Between Earth Science and Living Earth/Biology Classes Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources

A series of free workshops:
  • October 17 will focus on Inheritance of Traits and October 18 on Human Impacts. Participants are encouraged to attend both days.
  • Receive free classroom-ready materials for implementing science practices in Living Earth classes.

Oct. 17-18, 2018 Register


CA Environmental Phenomena Summit

The Phenomena Summit is a two day experience designed to bring K-12 classroom teachers, out-of-school educators, and environmental experts together to build understanding of environmentally-focused phenomena and their role in NGSS aligned science instruction.

In addition to learning sessions, participants work in collaborative teams to build out an instructional resource to be shared statewide that:

  • identifies a useful, environmentally-focused phenomenon

  • highlights resources for building teacher understanding of the phenomenon

  • identifies possible student activities which emphasize the Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS

  • provides a grade-level appropriate student explanation that incorporates Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts

  • makes explicit connections to the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs)

Oct. 25-26, 2018 Register



​Leadership Capacity Building Events

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.

2018/19 dates: Oct. 10, Dec. 5, Jan. 23, and May 1  Register


Using the NGSS Toolkit for Instruction Materials Evaluation

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

Participants deepen their understanding of the features of quality instructional materials aligned to NGSS and learn how to use the NGSS Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation (NGSS TIME) process developed by the science subcommittee of the CA Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee (CISC). This toolkit can be used by district committees to analyze and select quality instructional materials for science. $125
Jan. 8, 9 & 10, 2019           Register
                  OR
Jan. 15, 16 & 17, 2019       Register
                  OR
June 4, 5 & 6, 2019            Register


 

​For more information about professional development opportunities please contact 

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