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.

Science Professional Development at SCOE

Once scheduled, all professional development events related to science will be shown below. If nothing is shown below, there are no upcoming classes.

The Hope of Science Past, Present, and Future
Viewers look at the eclipseIn this blog post, SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht recounts her recent visit to NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia as part of the center's centennial celebration and reflects on a hopeful future for science rooted in the center's past Click here to read the blog post.


Community Resources

Professional Associations

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

Professional Resources

Schools of Sustainability

Resources from the 2016-17 Series, NGSS in the Real World

Resources from the 2016-17 Series, The Science and Story of NGSS

About the NGSS

Important Links

California Science Framework
California Science Standards
California NGSS Implementation Plan
National NGSS Website