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Cup of Tea

Have you ever felt like your time is split between too many subject areas in your classroom and you’re torn on how to teach all of the content?
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Lessons Learned from the NGSS Early Implementer Districts

On March 31, 2017, Achieve released two documents examining some lessons learned from the California K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
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Our Beloved Tree Garden

Our Beloved Tree Garden

This year, in support by a grant from the Roots and Shoots Foundation by Jane Goodall, I was able to have three trees planted at my school.
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Going Slow to Go Fast: Building Systemic Leadership Capacity Pays Off

Going Slow to Go Fast: Building Systemic Leadership Capacity Pays Off

Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago. This quote attributed to investment guru Warren Buffet serves to illustrate the importance of playing the long game through purposeful planning. While not a…
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Want to try new NGSS-aligned online chemistry activities?

Want to try new NGSS-aligned online chemistry activities?

WestEd seeks high school chemistry teachers to participate in a study during the 2020-2021 school year. WestEd and Carnegie Mellon University created online chemistry activities to help students learn reasoning and science practice skills.
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Using One-Page Assignments as Alternative Assessments

Using One-Page Assignments as Alternative Assessments

Not too long ago the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator at my middle school sent an email requesting teachers to share their one-pagers (also known as one-sheets) with her for our AVID revalidation.
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Tosa Talk

Tosa Talk

I have been the Elementary Science Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) for the last three years at Palm Springs Unified School District and sometimes get asked, “What exactly do you do?”
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Environmental Literacy May Be the Answer

Environmental Literacy May Be the Answer

Across the state at science education events, environmental literacy is increasingly in the spotlight. At the opening of the CSTA conference, after the Climate Summit, high school teachers were so eager to get more resources that some sessions were…
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Applying NGSS Practices and Crosscutting Concepts to Student-Developed Health Education Projects in High School

Applying NGSS Practices and Crosscutting Concepts to Student-Developed Health Education Projects in High School

As a Health science teacher at Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles Unified School District, I saw that as my students learned Health content there was an opportunity for them to simultaneously make sense of and apply some NGSS Practices and…
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Getting Good at Getting Better

Getting Good at Getting Better

As schools attempt to improve their practice in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Vista Unified School District has engaged in NGSS site walkthroughs using a classroom observation tool developed with the K-12 Alliance as a part of the CA…
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