Monday April 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM PDT
Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM PDT

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San Joaquin County Office of Education 
Wentworth Education Center
2707 Transworld Drive
Stockton, CA 95206

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Kirk Brown 
San Joaquin County Office of Education: Science and STEM 

Next Generation Science Standards Statewide Rollout Phase 2 (7208)

The NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 2 has begun!  This 2-Day Symposia is being offered at the San Joaquin County Office of Education April 27th and 28th, 2015.  Come to the first of a series of statewide professional learning symposia exploring the next steps in the journey toward NGSS Implementation.

This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.  Click here for the event flyer.

Our initial target for this first statewide rollout includes districts in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.  There will be many other statewide rollouts throughout the state of California this year.  Any extra seats available at SJCOE are open to all regions in the state.

Each distirct is encouraged to bring a team of 4-6 including an administrator, high school science teacher, middle school science teacher, elementary teacher and other science leaders in your district.  Each member must register individually as there are grade span choices to specific sessions.

Fee:  $250 per person for 2-days  

Payment Options:  PayPal, district check, or journal if within SJ County

Both a Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30am.  The symposia will begin promptly at 8:00am.

If you have any questions, please contact us direct at 209-468-4880.

We look forward to seeing you at this unique regional event!

2-DAY SESSION DETAIL before you register!

NGSS 103: Deepen Your Understanding of the NGSS:

Engage with the Conceptual Shifts to refine your understanding of the NGSS vision for science education for all students. Learn about the importance of developing a professional learning plan to prepare teachers for the NGSS. Discuss the types of administrative and system supports necessary to implement these learning plans.

The Tool:  Designing for Learning:

Building on Roll Out #1, incorporate a new tool to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS.  Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.

Teaching Through the Practices:

Experience the coherent integration of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices from the observation of a phenomenon to constructing an explanation for those observations.  This session focuses on three practices: 1) developing and revising models, 2) engaging in argument from evidence, and 3) constructing explanations, and it provides instructional strategies for each practice. Attend either a session targeted for elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12).  

Lesson: What Does It Look Like?

Apply the tool to a learning sequence for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 and experience what the learning looks like in a classroom over a multi-day lesson.  Discuss with grade level colleagues how this applies to your classroom and your instruction.

Administrator Strand:

Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in your district through exploring various implementation resources and collaborating with other administrative leaders. This session emphasizes strategies to move from awareness to transition.


The 3rd Dimension - Crosscutting Concepts:

Learn how the seven crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards deepen understanding of the Practices and Core Ideas and lead to productive inquiry. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to help students use the crosscutting concepts to think like scientists and engineers.

High School Session:

Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.


Engineering in a Three Dimensional Lesson:

Experience the NGSS Engineering Design Core Ideas of defining a problem, designing a solution, and optimizing that design solution.  Learn how content specific performance expectations are linked to engineering and how engineering helps students to learn at the nexus of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Cross Cutting Concepts.