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Introducing the California K-8 Next Generation Science Standards Early Implementation Initiative Monthly Series

By Kathy DiRanna

Each month, dedicated educators from the California K-8 Next Generation Science Standards Early Implementation Initiative will share stories of their experiences as they dig deeper into the CA NGSS as an effort to help support high-quality science teaching and learning across California and other NGSS-adopted states.

The Early Implementation Initiative is a partnership among the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd, eight school districts, and two charter management organizations: Aspire, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, High Tech High, Kings Canyon Unified School District, Lakeside Union School District, Oakland Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, Tracy Unified School District, and Vista Unified School District. The K-12 Alliance provides professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and university faculty in content, pedagogy, and leadership.

In this series, you will hear voices from the Initiative’s Content Cadre, who provide content and pedagogy professional development. The Content Cadre consists of Institutes of Higher Education faculty and expert science teachers. Joining in writing for the series are the project leaders and core teacher leaders in the participating districts/charters.

We hope this series will help you in your journey of implementing the CA NGSS and look forward to your thoughts and feedback! You can also follow the project on Twitter @EarlyImplement.

Kathy DiRanna is the Statewide Director of the K-12 Alliance and a member of CSTA.



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