NGSS Early Implementers

Implementing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Eight California school districts are bringing science to life as a core subject through the NGSS Early Implementers Initiative. The progress, experiences, and lessons from this diverse group can inform all districts implementing NGSS. The initiative is managed by the K-12 Alliance of WestEd; it spans 2014 to 2020 and focuses on NGSS implementation in grades K-8.

In each district, the initiative is guided by a core leadership team of teacher leaders and administrators who participate in professional learning and coaching activities. Teachers engage in science lesson studies twice each year through a Teaching Learning Collaborative.

Early Implementers are demonstrating the benefits of science instruction that is inquiry-based and student-centered. Their experience shows that teachers, schools, and districts – regardless of their relative experience with science – can instruct to the rigorous new standards.

Participating public school districts
Galt Joint Union Elementary, Kings Canyon Unified, Lakeside Union, Oakland Unified, Palm Springs Unified, San Diego Unified, Tracy Unified, and Vista Unified

Evaluation and Learning

The initiative is evaluated by WestEd’s STEM unit independent of the K-12 Alliance. The multi-year evaluation is exploring the most promising strategies for NGSS implementation, including implementation of the integrated middle school model. Findings are disseminated statewide.

Administrators, principals, and teachers are also participating in a community of practice, so that learning can be shared in real time.

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