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…
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…
Priority Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials
Recommendations for Publishers, Reviewers, and Educators. The California Science Teachers Association and the science teachers associations of three other Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) west-coast states, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington,…
NGSS - Early Attempts and Later Reflections from an Early Implementer Teacher
All of these thoughts and more swam through my head over three years ago when I began my journey into NGSS.
So Many Questions
Whenever I think about teaching science in my second-grade classroom, I think about how curious my students are.
If You Are Not Teaching Science Then You Are Not Teaching Common Core
Anyone concerned with the teaching of science in elementary school is keenly aware of the problem of time.
Tools for Creating NGSS Standards Based Lessons
Think back on your own experiences with learning science in school. Were you required to memorize disjointed facts without understanding the concepts?
Supporting and Enhancing NGSS Implementation: A Tale of Two Principals’ Efforts
Two principals. Two schools. One district. One challenge: What does a principal do to support teachers as they implement student-centered, phenomena-focused, inquiry-based science instruction based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for…
Shift Happens: Finding What Matters As a New Leader
For those of us who have found ourselves in a position where we recently left the classroom and are now leading the NGSS charge for our districts, it can be challenging finding one’s place.
Teaching Science in the Time of Alternative Facts - Why NGSS Can Help (somewhat)
The father of one of my students gave me a book: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Walt Brown, Ph. D.