Professional Development

K-12 Alliance NGSS Science Institutes: Promoting Change and Fostering Excellence

Seeking the highest-quality education aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for your students, including English learners? Our K-12 Alliance NGSS Science Institute will enhance your content knowledge and pedagogy appropriate to your designated grade span.

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Who Will Benefit

  • K-12 Science Teachers and Teacher Leaders
  • District Curriculum Coordinators responsible for science programs
  • Science Professional Developers

What You Will Learn

  • K-12 science content knowledge, based on the latest research and appropriate to your classroom grade level/s
  • Research-based strategies for building student understanding, including that of English learners
  • Instructional and assessment strategies to develop student understanding of the three dimensions of NGSS
  • Tools to create and implement effective instructional design
  • Skills to integrate content, pedagogical content knowledge, differentiated instructional strategies, and use of student work to assess understanding and modify instruction
  • How to integrate science, math, and literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening

Service Details

The K-12 Alliance one-week institutes engage elementary and/or secondary school teacher participants in large and small group work, hands-on activities, and laboratory experiences.

These institutes are conducted each summer at various California locations* and by arrangement with school districts in California.

* Please contact Vee Molinari at vmolina@wested.org to be included on an email list for upcoming events.

What Makes This Service Unique

The K-12 Alliance is recognized in California statewide as a premier professional development initiative for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. We are rapidly gaining recognition nationwide as well and partner with Achieve — a nonprofit education reform organization — for national work.

Our expert staff served as facilitators for California’s adoption of NGSS, writing the state strategic plan for the implementation of NGSS and served as committee members and writers of the CA Science Framework.

Our goal is to help all teachers expand their understanding of NGSS so that each student can reach his or her highest potential.

Cost

Tuition for a one-week institute is $2,000 per person or $1,600 for teams of 4 or more. Tuition includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials.

Learn More

To learn more, please contact Vee Molinari at vmolina@wested.org.