CASE Needs Your Thought on NGSS Professional Learning
At the beginning of July, CASE launched a survey as a component of a major data collection and learning effort to gauge the status of NGSS Professional Learning throughout the state. As an organization that prides itself on being an advocate for…
The Crazy Initiative that Could
The K-12 Alliance is well known for a lot of crazy things. We are a group made up of believers, dreamers, and doers. When we gather together enmasse, our openers send the faint of heart into the hallways and our skit nights are so legendary, we…
Calling all K-8 teachers of science!
WestEd is conducting cutting edge new research on the impact of the COVID-19 school closures. They need teachers to share their experiences with teaching science through distance learning.
Transforming the Classroom with OpenSciEd
How often have you heard the following questions from your students: Why do I need to know this? Is this going to be on the test? Why does this matter? I, like you, have heard these questions repeated like a broken record over the years of being a…
Making Choices and Making Messes: What student agency looks like in science classrooms
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) encourage students to not just “know about science,” but to actively engage in “doing science.” Rather than carrying out pre-designed investigations, students should have “epistemic agency,” or ownership…
Science Adoption is Here!
Curriculum adoption is upon us! It is an exciting time to finally be getting a curriculum for science, but also a daunting task. Teachers know that curriculum comes and goes, but for the several years we have one, we have to make sure it's a good…
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?
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
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.
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…