Professional Development

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The California Science Center Professional Development team is committed to helping educators grow in awareness and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Our workshops infuse your practice with innovative ideas and strategies to engage students in science learning! Explore activities and materials designed to inspire student-driven inquiry and critical thinking. Deepen your own science knowledge and expand your teaching practices by participating in one of our workshops today!

Next Generation Science Standards

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For more information, or to inquire about a customized program for your school or district, email Professional Development at PDinfo@californiasciencecenter.org

Elementary Science Partnership Program

The California Science Center Foundation is offering an intensive, interactive partnership program that supports the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary schools or networks of schools. The program will help schools increase familiarity with the NGSS and provide a basis for planning instruction around the new standards. Highlights include:

  • Sample Lessons
  • Science Notebooking
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Assessment Tools
  • Planning Time with California Science Center Educators
Program Components View Details
  • Administrator Overview & Needs Assessment 
  • Professional Development & Coaching 
  • Introduction to the 3 Dimensions of NGSS
  • Administrative Support and Training
  • Evaluation 
  • Additional Opportunities with the California Science Center
    • IMAX tickets
    • Special exhibit experiences
  • Fees
    • The base fee for the program is $15,000 per school for the first year, and $10,000 for each subsequent year. Pricing models for districts and/or networks of schools will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

It was an awesome year filled with numerous opportunities to learn to incorporate science, engineering, math, and technology, through these intense trainings. We learned and practiced using many resources to utilize in the classroom to make these subjects fun and engaging for our students.

Second Grade Teacher

NGSS 101 for TK-5th Grade Teachers

 

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Pedagogy of NGSS & the 3 Dimensions

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Hands-On Engagement

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Space shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion
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Martin Mann

Access to exhibits and IMAX features at the California Science Center

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Pedagogy of NGSS & the 3 Dimensions

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Hands-On Engagement

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Space shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion
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Martin Mann

Access to exhibits and IMAX features at the California Science Center

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The California Next Generation Science Standards bring key instructional shifts to science education. But what is 3- dimensional learning? Join us for a unique set of virtual trainings designed to help you gain a basic understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards. You will spend time DOING the Science & Engineering Practices, UNDERSTANDING the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and CONNECTING ideas with the Crosscutting Concepts. Find out what the newest discipline, Engineering, looks like in the elementary classroom. Walk away with resources and ideas that can be implemented the very next day!

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Fees View Details

$125 per participant
(Fee includes 6 hours of professional learning, plus multiple online materials and resources.)

After today, I think I understand NGSS a little better. I am now able to identify WHAT standards I need to teach and how to incorporate the 3 dimensions of NGSS. I really appreciate the access to resources and how everything was explained! It's a bit clearer to me! Thanks!

Fourth Grade Teacher

Interactive Science Notebooks in the Elementary Classroom

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Model notebooking first, with the whole-class.

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Customize it to help students organize their ideas.

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Differentiate instruction for all types of learners.

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Collect artifacts of learning in notebooks.

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Collect artifacts of learning in notebooks.

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Allow students to express their thinking in creative ways.

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Notebooks can be used with any existing lessons or curriculum.

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Writing, art, speaking and listening skills are all incorporated in interactive notebooks.

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Notebooks provide assessment opportunities.

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Model notebooking first, with the whole-class.

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Customize it to help students organize their ideas.

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Differentiate instruction for all types of learners.

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Collect artifacts of learning in notebooks.

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Collect artifacts of learning in notebooks.

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Allow students to express their thinking in creative ways.

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Notebooks can be used with any existing lessons or curriculum.

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Writing, art, speaking and listening skills are all incorporated in interactive notebooks.

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Notebooks provide assessment opportunities.

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Interactive science notebooks are a fantastic way to make student thinking visible, stimulate academic discourse, and integrate literacy skills with science content. Experience the power of science notebooking for yourself and receive support to start implementing notebooks in your classroom, along with samples and ideas for notebooking starting in Kindergarten.

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Fees View Details

$125 per participant
(Fee includes 6 hours of professional learning, plus multiple online materials and resources.)

Thank you! Before attending this training, I dreaded teaching science. Working with notebooking has helped me ground my science practices... I have seen my students get really excited about science and use academic language to describe what they are learning and doing! 

First Grade Teacher

TK-5 Grade Level Resources

TK-5 Activities and Resources View Details
  • Activities
    • Crosscutting Concept (CCC) Introductory Activities (coming soon)
  • Posters
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) (coming soon)
    • Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) (coming soon)
Kindergarten View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Earth and Human Activity Lesson Sequence - With this nine-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, you can teach kindergarteners what humans need to survive and how that affects planet Earth. Kindergarteners can save the world, too! Embedded within this document, you will find links to all the digital resources you’ll need to teach this sequence in your classroom. 
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3)
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!
     
1st Grade View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Sound Lesson Sequence - With this eleven-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, you can engage first graders in learning about sounds through a compelling phenomenon about mysterious sounds heard all around the world. Embedded within this document, you will find links to all the digital resources you’ll need to teach this sequence in your classroom.
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4, 1-LS1-2)
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!
2nd Grade View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Properties of Materials Lesson Sequence - In this ten-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, second grade engineers will consider the properties of materials when used for specific purposes. Knowledge of matter and testing of properties will guide students as they engineer a structure at the end of this lesson sequence. Embedded within this document, you will find links to all the digital resources you’ll need to teach this sequence in your classroom.
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2)
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!
3rd Grade View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Changing Environments Lesson Sequence - In this nine-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, involve third graders in figuring out why high numbers of dead barn owls were found along a certain stretch of highway. Embedded within this document, you will find links to all the digital resources you’ll need to teach this sequence in your classroom. Adapted from the California NGSS Statewide Rollout.
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4) Adapted from California NGSS Rollout.
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!
4th Grade View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Energy Lesson Sequence - In this six-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, fourth graders get hands-on while exploring different kinds of energy and energy transfers. Embedded within this document, you will find links to all the digital resources you’ll need to teach this sequence in your classroom.
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-PS3-4)
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!
5th Grade View Details
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Earth's Systems Lesson Sequence - In this eight-lesson, NGSS-aligned lesson sequence, fifth graders think about Earth’s systems and how they interact to affect our landforms, weather, and life in California. Adapted from California NGSS Statewide Rollout.
    (Aligns with NGSS Performance Expectations 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2) Adapted from California NGSS Rollout.
  • Instructional Segments Resource Alignment spreadsheet - A curated list of resources aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations for each grade level. Find the tab at the bottom for your grade!