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Engaging Students in the LA River through Interdisciplinary Science

Engaging Students in the LA River through Interdisciplinary Science

On September 20th, 2019, youth around the world left class and joined fellow students, staff, faculty, and community members to speak out about climate change. This date ideally corresponded with a field trip that a group of students in the Los…
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We’ve Only Just Begun

We’ve Only Just Begun

CA NGSS adopted! California Science Framework written! Instructional materials State approved! California Science Test (CAST) Assessment results are on their way! We are done! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that combination of reality and pixie dust…
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A Remedy for the “Opportunity Myth”: Bringing the NGSS Progressions to Life with TK-12 Teacher Collaboration

A Remedy for the “Opportunity Myth”: Bringing the NGSS Progressions to Life with TK-12 Teacher Collaboration

“So my students used bromothymol blue as an indicator to investigate cellular respiration and photosynthesis,” the 9th grade Biology teacher proudly explained.
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New School Year, New Science Opportunities

New School Year, New Science Opportunities

As teachers, we often finish the year saying, “Why didn’t I…?,” or “I wish I would have.” Then we begin the school year with “This year I am going to….” Well, here is my “I am going to…!”I am going to teach more science than I did last year!
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High School NGSS- “Where’s My Curriculum?”

High School NGSS- “Where’s My Curriculum?”

At long last, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum is finally here! The state has approved 29 instructional materials for use in K-8. The list can be found here. But wait a minute, those are all K-8, what about high school?
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CA NGSS TIME: California’s Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation

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The Williams Act and You - A Love Story

Wherein science teacher meets legal requirement for student instructional materials, the teacher is baffled and bewildered by the legal requirement for student instructional materials, teacher and legal requirement for student instructional materials…
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NGSS and the Teaching Learning Collaborative: It’s About the Process

The CA Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) require significant instructional and conceptual shifts in terms of how science instruction is planned, delivered, and assessed (NGSS Lead States, 2013). With several California Math Science…
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The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

I see my role as an assistant principal being an educational leader charged with supporting and leading students, staff, and community into the future based on our school community’s shared values, beliefs, and principles; these guide decisions for…
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K-12 Alliance Teaching Learning Collaborative: Nuts and Bolts of a Lesson Study

San Diego Unified School District is one of eight districts and two charter management organizations across California participating in the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative. One of the essential components of our work as part of the…
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