Next Generation Science
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.
Special Opportunity: Sonoma County teachers who are leading NGSS implementation efforts are invited to come together to discuss statewide updates and what they've learned through implementation. Please note: This is not an NGSS training, and these discussions are designed for those already familiar with and working to implement NGSS. See the Teacher Leader Invitation for event details. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP via email to Anna Van Dordrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than October 11th.
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 Van Dordrecht at email@example.com
- Expanding Your Horizons - Sonoma County (Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers) | Saturday, April 6, 2019
- RNAI Workshop at Buck Institute: Takes place March 23, 2019. Learn more.
- 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.
- Buck Institute Field Trips
- LiMPETS, Long-term Monitoring Program & Experimental Training for Students
- Sonoma County Astronomical Society
- KQED Quest
- National Weather Service: Learn Science and Safety