K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association,
Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium 


Join science leaders at the first of a series of statewide professional learning symposia exploring the philosophy, design, and initial implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Registration fee is $200 per participant. Registration fee is payable via credit card or by district checks ONLY. District checks need to be made payable to SJCOE, PO Box 213030 Stockton, CA 95213 Attn: Science and STEM. All fees must be paid prior to attending the two day symposium. There is NO refunds for participant cancelations.

Please limit your district teams to 4-6 people. This will allow for addtional district to participate as space is limited.  





NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components.


NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.

Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE.

NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.


Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science.


Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.


Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). 


Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.


Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.