Next Generation Science Standards Professional Development: Districts Interested in the Early Implementation of K-8 Science, Apply Today!


WestEd invites districts to apply to participate in the K-8 California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, funded by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. 

Districts participating in this initiative will build leadership capacity to implement NGSS districtwide.

The initiative is a four-year fast-start demonstration project developed by WestEd’s K–12 Alliance, with input from the California Department of Education, the California State Board of Education, and Achieve.

For each participating district, the initiative will consist of leadership training for teachers and administrators, teacher professional development in content and pedagogy to meet the shift to NGSS, and the development of a K–8 districtwide NGSS implementation plan.

Participating districts will also form the California NGSS Collaborative Network, a learning community for sharing best practices and piloting NGSS tools, processes, and assessment items—to support high-quality implementation. 

Who Can Participate

Between five and seven school districts interested in early implementation of K–8 science (using the State Board of Education’s preferred California Integrated Model for grades 6–8) will be selected to participate in the initiative. Districts will be selected to include the diversity of California and will have the potential to serve as resources for other local education agencies statewide as they begin implementation of the NGSS.

Districts will participate as teams. Each district’s core leadership team will consist of three administrators (one elementary school principal, one middle school principal, and one administrator selected by the district) and up to nine K–8 teachers. Each district’s teacher leadership team will consist of up to 60 K–8 teachers. Together these teams will provide professional development for all teachers in the district.

Download this flyer for additional details.

How to Apply and Deadlines

Complete letter of intent and submit by 5pm (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and complete the Request for Application and submit by 5pm (Pacific Time) on Monday, May 19, 2014.

For More Information

For information regarding the initiative, please contact Kathy DiRanna,, K–12 Alliance Statewide Director. For administrative questions, please contact Doris Waters,, Administrative Program Manager.

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  1. Elizabeth Marroquin says:

    Is it too late to apply?

    • Tanicia Bell says:

      Hi Elizabeth. Thanks so much for your interest in this initiative. Unfortunately the deadline for applying has passed. It was May 19, 2014.