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

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 ( no later than October 11th.

Title Date Time
(CANCELLED) Introduction to NGSS 09/28/2018 8:30am-3:30pm
CANCELLED Looking Out, Looking In: NGSS in a Global Context (December Sessions ONLY) 12/06/2018 8:30am-3:00pm
CANCELLED Looking Out, Looking In: NGSS in a Global Context (February Sessions ONLY) 02/21/2019 8:30am-3:00pm

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

Community Resources

Professional Associations

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

Professional Resources

Schools of Sustainability

About the NGSS

Important Links

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