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.

NEW! 21st Century Science Teacher Leader Cohort21C Science

SCOE is committed to developing educational leaders throughout the county who can support schools and districts in the implementation of 21st Century strategies and lessons. We recognize that with the implementation of NGSS there is an opportunity for leadership development and are delighted to invite science educators to apply to be part of a 21st Century Science Teacher Leader Cohort. Click here for cohort and application details. Applications are due May 12, 2017.

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.

Title Date Time
Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & 21st Century Science (Two After-School Sessions) 09/27/2017 4:00pm-6:00pm
Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & 21st Century Science (Single Day Session) 09/28/2017 8:30am-3:30pm
Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (SERIES) 11/02/2017 8:30am-3:30pm
Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (November ONLY) 11/02/2017 8:30am-3:30pm
Living 21st Century Science in the NGSS Classroom (February ONLY) 02/01/2018 8:30am-3:30pm

Celebrating Earth day
Earth DayLetís take this Earth Day to examine our individual and collective vision for science, urges SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht in her latest blog post. She talks about this history of this important day and how this year's Earth Day is being celebrated with a day of action.Click here to read the blog post.


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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