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Science Professional Development

2019-20 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 

The California NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day professional learning geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Participants will experience grade appropriate learning sequences.

TBA for Spring 2021

​​Elementary K-5 Level Professional Learning​​

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 1-5 of the Elementary Science Academy)

  Apr. 22, 2020   Register

Secondary 6-12 Level Professional Learning​

Science Events K-12 ​

Bringing Ocean Acoustics Data to Classrooms

Collaborate with Birch educators and NOAA scientists as you learn about current marine mammal conservation and research. Use authentic acoustic data collected off the CA coast to identify marine mammals. Co-create phenomena resources and lesson plans to use in the classroom with your students!

Location TBD: The workshop will occur in-person if possible or virtually if needed

Stipend is $1000. Teachers will receive the stipend from San Diego Science Project after completing the four day summer workshop and a one day lesson study focused on bringing their summer planning into the classroom.

August 3-6, 2020

Deadline for application is July 1, 2020. 12 spots are available!

See Flyer for application instructions.

NGSS Assessment Academy

In order to design assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, classroom teachers need a better understanding of what three-dimensional assessment looks like in both the classroom and on the California Science Test (CAST). In the NGSS Assessment Academy, participants will utilize tools, resources, and sample assessment structures to identify, adapt, design, and plan three-dimensional assessment tasks for their classroom. They will learn and use protocols for analyzing student assessment data to inform progress of learning and instructional needs.

This academy runs over three face-to-face days, with an in-classroom action period between days two and three. In the first two days, participants will learn about three-dimensional assessment and apply their learning by planning a standards-based assessment task. They will implement the task and collect student work samples during the in-classroom action period. On day three they will learn protocols to analyze student work and apply them with the assessment and student work collected in mind. $225

Oct. 21-22, Nov. 10, 2020  Register

Nov. 3-4, Dec. 2, 2020  Register

Jan. 20-21, Feb. 2, 2021  Register

​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.

2019/20 dates: Sept. 18, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, and May 6     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.

TBA Fall 2020


​For more information about professional development opportunities please contact 

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