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Science Professional Development

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 


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. 

$250 per attendee per 12 hr. strand.



​​Elementary K-5 Level Professional Learning​​

Secondary 6-12 Level Professional Learning​

Science Events K-12 ​

Science Snippets+

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 

 John Spiegel, Chelsea Cochrane​Crystal Howe orMaria Hynes.​