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.
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the first draft of Next Generation Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California is available online at the CDE’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Web page. The purpose of this document is to assist the CDE, California local educational agencies (LEAs), and support providers in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS). The plan identifies eight strategies and accompanying elements and activities for the implementation of the CA NGSS. By utilizing this plan, the CDE, LEAs, support providers, and all stakeholders will have the potential to transform science education in California to create a different way of thinking about teaching and learning science.
If you have any questions, you may call the CDE’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Office at 916-323-5847, or submit questions to the NGSS mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org .
**Information above taken from CSTA website (click here)
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. "
NGSS Implementation Workshops for Districts
Date: October 20 -21, 2014 (filled to capacity)
Location: Oakland Airport Hilton
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.