The Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership is a collaborative project that is developing, implementing, and studying a comprehensive middle school science teacher professional development (PD) model. Located in the San Francisco Bay area, IMSS includes a wide range of partners including the California State University East Bay, 4 county offices of education, and administrators and teachers from 10 districts in 4 counties. Designed to transform middle school science teaching and learning, IMSS focuses on schools that serve predominately low-income, underrepresented minority students. Our goals include increasing the quality of middle school science instruction, facilitating sustainable institutional change in our partners to support science instruction, and studying the impact of the partnership on students, teachers, and institutions. The IMSS Partnership was established by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Math Science Partnership in October 2010 and is funded for 5 years.
Above powerpoint was presented to the California Board of Education about the proposed NGSS State Implementation Plan on May 7, 2014.
PHASES OF IMPLEMENTATION
According to the California Department of Education, "full implementation in California of NGSS statewide systems will occur over several years and in the context of a continuous learning process. Accordingly, the plan exists within a framework of phases of the change process. The phases are straightforward yet are lightly defined because for each program and project there exists an ongoing development and progression that must evolve both at the individual elemental level and the integrated systems level. "
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
The California Department of Education (CDE) Board's intent in their November action was for there to be one integrated model in California for grades 6 - 8 that was preferred by the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) and the Board, and one Discipline Specific NGSS Model in California for grades 6 - 8 as an alternate. The CDE still recognizes the integrated model is the preferred model for California but will provide for one alternative Discipline Specific Model as an option for districts. The Science Expert Panel (SEP) was asked to create a discipline specific model and has created 3 options for this model. The Superintendent of Public Instruction will subsequently make a decision about which model will be endorsed by the CDE and notify the State Board at or before its May 2014 meeting. For more information, please see the California Department of Education website.
SAVE THE DATES
IMSS Teacher Leaders: Look here for information about PD offerings for current Teacher Leaders.
NGSS Implementation Workshops for Districts
California's science education leaders from the California Department of Education, K12 Alliance, the California Science Project, county office of education science leaders (Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee), and CSTA have planned come 2-day NGSS workshops for school and district leaders this spring and fall. These are designed for teams of teacher leaders and administrators. The teams are encouraged to attend together to take advantage of the benefits which accrue from working with a small learning community.
Date: October 20 -21, 2014
Location: Oakland Airport Hilton
Audience: District Teams of 6 maximum comprised of District/Site Admins, Science teachers from various grade bands. $200/per person. **register online
The Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership is funded as an MSP Targeted Math-Science Partnership by the National Science Foundation under grant number DUE-0962804 to California State University East Bay. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Additional funding for the SF Bay Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership comes from a continuing support from the California Science Project (State of California) to the East Bay Science Project at California State University East Bay.