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.
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.
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.
The California NGSS Statewide Implementation: Building Student Sensemaking Through Disciplinary Literacy is an online professional learning experience designed for K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders to deepen their understanding and implementation of teaching practices to advance student science understanding.
Science Events K-12
New! 2021 NGSS Assessment Summer Institute
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.
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.
NGSS Assessment Summer Institute Schedule
Part 1: NGSS Assessment System Foundations (July 7-8)
Learning Session 1: Develop and Clarify a Vision for a 3D Assessment System - Date/Time: July 7, 9:00am -11:00am
Learning Session 2: Develop 3D Claims through the Unpacking of NGSS Dimensions - Date/Time: July 7, 1:00pm
Learning Session 3: Meaningful Phenomena for Instruction and Assessment - Date/Time: July 7, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Learning Session 3: Meaningful Phenomena for Instruction and Assessment - Date/Time: July 8, 9:00am - 11:00am
Learning Session 4: Using Task Analysis Tools to Analyze and Evaluate Assessments - Date/Time: July 8, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Part 2: Mapping Curriculum Embedded Assessments across an Instructional Unit (July 13-15)
Learning Session 5a: What Students Will Learn across an Instructional Unit - Date/Time: July 13, 8am-11am
Learning Session 5b: How Students Will Learn across an Instructional Unit - Date/Time: July 13, 12pm-3pm
Learning Session 5c: How Students Will Demonstrate Understanding across an Instructional Unit - Date/Time: July 15, 8am-11am
Learning Session 5d: Mapping Curriculum Embedded Assessments across an Instructional Unit - Date/Time: July 15, 12pm-3pm
Part 3: Processes and Tools for Developing and Modifying Assessment Tasks (July 20 + ongoing support)
Learning Session 6: Processes and Tools for Developing and Modifying Assessment Tasks - Date/Time: July 20, 9am-12pm
Learning Session 7: Sharing and Feedback Cycles for Developing and Modifying Assessment Tasks - Date/Time: TBD by teams, but hold July 23 (9am-11am), July 29 (9am-11am), August 5 (9am-11am), August 19 (9am-11am), Continued support meetings in Fall as needed.
Please join the SDCOE Science Team for our monthly Science Snippets+ professional learning series. This series will pair a short 20-minute snippet one week with a more in-depth hour long discussion the following week.
Save the dates;
Paired Session #1: Snippet Jan. 27 (offered at 8 a.m. and repeated at 3 p.m.); Discussion Feb. 3 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
Paired Session #2: Snippet Feb. 24 (offered at 8 a.m. and repeated at 3 p.m.); Discussion Mar. 3 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
Paired Session #3: Snippet Apr.7 (offered at 8 a.m. and repeated at 3 p.m.); Discussion Apr 14 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
Paired Session #4: Snippet Apr. 28 (offered at 8 a.m. and repeated at 3 p.m.); Discussion May 5 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
Specific topics for each session will be announced soon.
SDCOE Science Podcast Club
Join us for a new twist on our summer science bookclub - our podcast club! Listen to and discuss Teaching Science in Diverse Classrooms by
Douglas Larkin with science educators across the county. We hope this
club can combine professional learning and self-care as participants
will be encouraged to listen while exercising.
Tuesdays from 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Jan. 26, Feb. 9
Science Assessment Network
Two three-hour sessions Jan. 20-21 where we will take a deep dive into vision, values, and goals, as well as begin to identify central features of high-quality assessment systems.
Key activities of this group will include task evaluation, task design, student work analysis, and metacognitive reflection and discussion.
Meet weekly on Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm via Zoom
Leadership Capacity Building Events
Science Leaders Network
Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4
Effective implementation of NGSS supports the learning of all students in every classroom of a district and demands the thoughtful development, execution, and refinement of a well articulated plan that promotes systems change by addressing structural and instructional shifts associated with the standards. Educators tasked with leading this work need opportunities to share, reflect, problem solve, and learn from each other. The Science Leaders Network is an ongoing convening of educators who have the responsibility of championing science implementation efforts in their schools and district. Leaders come together several times throughout the year with the goal of building countywide capacity of all stakeholders in effectively implementing NGSS in the region. Participants in the network identify action steps in their work and share their progress at each meeting.
All sessions held on Wednesdays from 8 - 10 a.m.
11/18/2020 | 12/16/2020 | 01/13/2021 | 02/10/2021 | 03/10/2021 | 04/14/2021 | 05/12/2021 | 06/09/2021
Informal Educator Leaders Network
The Informal Educator Leaders Network is an ongoing opportunity for San Diego Informal Educators to come together to share professional learning, best practices in the field, and current environmental education efforts.
Nov. 20, Feb. 19, April 9
All sessions meet from 9 - 11 a.m.
For more information about professional development opportunities please contact
Chelsea Cochrane, Crystal Howe or Maria Hynes.