Sonoma County Office of Education

Next Generation Science Standards

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

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

Blog: Exploring NGSS

In this blog, SCOE Science Coordinator Anna Van Dordrecht shares the latest news and resources related to the Next Generation Science Standards. Access the blog here.


For NGSS updates and information about resources, please email Anna Babarinde at

COVID-19 Shelter-at-Home Resources

Community Resources

  • WOW for Educators: The Wonders of Wastewater Workshop (July 2020) (Click Here for Flier)
  • Sonoma State University's Center for Environmental Inquiry - free public programs and events (
  • Piner High Planetarium Piner High School puts on a free public show at its planetarium on the last Thursday of every month starting at 7 PM. The show gives a preview of the night sky for the month, highlights important news in the science world, and usually includes a full dome planetarium movie on a key scientific concept, such as black holes. The Piner High School staff wants all community members to know that this wonderful facility is open to all. Everyone is welcome and should make use of this fantastic local gem in our community. Please contact Piner High with any questions.
  • YES-Coast is a program offered through Sonoma County Regional Parks that is designed for youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to explore and experience our beautiful coastline through various recreational and educational activities. This program also incorporates the culture and history of our coast, career exploration in the outdoors, and photography. Apply here.
  • TeenNat Summer Internship Program at Pepperwood Preserve: Learn more and apply here
  • North Bay Maker Educator Meetups
    Maker Educator Meetups (MEMs) are an opportunity to meet with like minded educators and learn from one another. The goals of the monthly meetups (alternating between Sonoma and Marin counties) are support, networking, and equity — bringing design and making to all youth.
  • Sonoma County Astronomical Society
  • KQED Quest
  • National Weather Service: Learn Science and Safety

Professional Associations

California Association of Science Educators (CASE)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

About the NGSS

Important Links

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


Questions may be directed to:

  • Anna Babarinde , Coordinator, Science
    (707) 522-3334,