Sonoma County Office of Education

Next Generation Science


Science Symbol Never before has our world been so complex and science knowledge so critical. Science understanding is key to comprehending current events, choosing and using technology, or making informed decisions about healthcare. All students – whether they become technicians in a hospital, workers in high-tech manufacturing, or science researchers – need a solid science education.

In 2013, new science standards were adopted for California’s K-12 public schools. These Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are rich in content and practice. They are arranged across disciplines and grade levels to give all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

Being First
CarverOn November 3rd, the State Board of Education voted to approve the new science framework, making California the first state to officially have a framework based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Having a framework in place is a huge step for California in modernizing and overhauling science education.Click here to learn more about this significant change in science education.

Science-Minded Citizenship
sunrise"Even as we’re wading into the weeds of what three dimensional lessons look like, how we’re going to incorporate engineering, and what the role of those crosscutting concepts really is, let’s take time to look at the big picture of who we want our science students to become."

In this blog post, SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht discusses the important role science can play in our civic landscape.

Professional Development at SCOE


Community Resources

Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP)

Attention, high school juniors: Are you passionate about science? Would you like to get paid to spend the summer at Sonoma State University researching a topic like cancer therapy; how to improve healthcare for the uninsured in Sonoma County; how mussels respond to environmental changes; or designing a 3D printable spectrometer while under the mentorship of a professor? The SHIP program, a collaboration between SCOE and Sonoma State University’s School of Science and Technology, matches top high school juniors with SSU faculty mentors who are conducting research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Participating students earn a $1,000 stipend and have the opportunity to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities while interacting with faculty and SSU students in the university environment.

Professional Associations

California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Professional Resources

Schools of Sustainability

Resource Materials from Past Trainings
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp, March 10 and 11, 2016 | Additional Materials on Sequencing
NGSS materials from Arthur Beauchamp presentation, December 3, 2015
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades K-6, Sept. 22, 2015
Additional Resources from Arthur Beauchamp Presentation
NGSS Digging Deeper for Grades 6-12, Sept. 21, 2015
NGSS for Grades 9-12, March 3-4, 2015
NGSS for Grades 6-8, Jan 27-28, 2015
NGSS for Grades K-5, Jan 12-13, 2015
NGSS Overview, Oct 27, 2014

About the NGSS

Overview: Structure, Dimensions, NGSS and Common Core (pdf)
Implementation Timeline (pdf)

NGSS Now, eNewsletter
May 2015 Issue (pdf)
April 2015 Issue (pdf)
March 2015 Issue (pdf)
February 2015 Issue (pdf)
January 2015 Issue (pdf)
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