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Region 1 Update

It does not seem that long ago that the bell rang to conclude the last day of school; but, here we are, getting ready to start another school year. For many of us, summer included taking a well-deserved vacation or maybe, it was catching up on all…
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Changing “Needs” to “Gots”

“I need time to plan with my team.” “I need to explore the standards more.” “I need help developing lessons.” “ I need to know how to appropriately assess student learning.”
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SpaceCV and the Quest Institute: Pioneering STEM and ISS Education Through NGSS

Space, the next frontier. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s scientists, astronauts, and inventors. How can we as educators teach and inspire students for careers that are not yet created? We have the power to inspire students to look beyond Earth…
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Introducing Middle School Students to the Crosscutting Concepts

The crosscutting concepts are one of the three pillars upon which the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are built. The other two are the Science and Engineering Practices and the Disciplinary Core Ideas.
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Bringing Science to Life!

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NGSS: A Case for Special Education Inclusion

The NSTA Press publication, NGSS for All Students: O.Lee, E. Miller, R Januszyk (Eds.) highlights the importance of providing high-quality science education for all, including students with disabilities.
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Making Time for Science: All Science Wednesdays

Science Wednesdays started because I felt like I never had enough time to get to science. I am a third-grade teacher and, while I aim to teach all content areas, it seemed like science was put on the back burner for so long that it rarely was given…
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NGSS Curriculum in SFUSD - Lessons Learned

Over the past four years, I’ve been working to create and implement an NGSS curriculum for 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade.
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Approaches to Argumentation in Science

Early in the twentieth century before the dawn of the modern synthesis, there were two camps in the science of inheritance; the Mendelian camp claimed ancestral heredity occurred through discontinuous change, and the Darwinian camp claimed that…
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Own It! Build It! Share It!: Thoughts on NGSS Professional Learning

As CA NGSS teachers of science our goal is that “All students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers…
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