3 A Few Conceptual Shifts in CA NGSS California K-12 Science Education:reflects the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world.builds coherently from K-12.focuses on deeper understanding of content as well as the application of content.
4 How California developed the Middle Grade Learning Progressions. How We Got Here!How California developed the Middle Grade Learning Progressions.
5 State Board of Education November 2013 Decision The SBE unanimously adopted:The integrated learning progression model as the preferred model of instruction for grades 6-8.ANDAuthorized an alternative model that is discipline specific for grades 6-8.
6 California Science Expert Panel 27 Science Education ExpertsK-12 Teachers, COE Science Leaders, IHE Faculty, Business, Industry, and Informal Science CentersNoted Scientist AdvisorsDr. Bruce AlbertsDr. Helen QuinnDr. Art SussmanCalifornia State Board of Education LiaisonsTrish WilliamsIlene Straus
7 “ When we try to pick out something by itself, we find that is hitched to everything else in the Universe.”-John Muir
8 Photosynthesis or Geologic Time Select one of these topics.Work with your table group to brainstorm the concepts a student needs to know to fully understand the bigger idea.Display your groups ideas in a concept map and be prepared to share.
9 Criteria for Selecting Integrated Middle Grade PEs Include PEs from Life, Earth and Space, and Physical each yearBe arranged to provide a transition from elementary to high schoolAlign with the cognitive demands of CCSS ELA and MathBuild within and across grade levelsBe balanced in complexity and quantity at each gradeIntegrate engineering appropriately
10 Articulation Example Life Science grades 4th – 8th 8th Natural Selection7th Ecosystems6th Cells/Organisms5th Food Chains/Webs4th Internal and External Structures/Functions10
12 Example Integration 8th Grade Natural selectionEarth History and Space ScienceEnergyEngineering and human impactscalestabilityOne way to think about the integration
13 CA’s Preferred Integrated Progression 6th Grade - 19 PEs; 30 DCIs7th Grade - 22 PEs; 37 DCIs8th Grade - 26 PEs; 38 DCIsIncluding life, Earth, and physical science and Engineering, Technology and Application of Science at each grade
14 Alternative Discipline Specific Learning Progression Developed by the SEP as an alternative to the preferred integrated modelIs based on the adopted NGSS Appendix KAligns with Common Core State StandardsContains the PEs from each of the disciplines (Earth and Space, Life and Physical Sciences)Contains concepts from other disciplines at each grade level for complete student understanding
15 CA’s Alternative Discipline Learning Progressions 6th Grade (Earth and Space Science)19 PEs; 52 DCIs7th Grade (Life Science)24 PEs; 52 DCIs8th Grade (Physical Science)23 PEs; 43 DCIsIncluding Engineering, Technology and Application of Science at each grade
16 BecauseThe integrated progression is the preferred pathway from the State Board of Education for middle grade science instruction, we will take a deep dive into the thinking and implementation of the progression.
17 Reminder!!Performance Expectations (PEs) are what each student should know and be able to do at the end of the instructional sequence. They do NOT define the Instructional sequence (Curriculum) or the instructional strategies that the teacher utilizes to achieve the outcome.How you “bundle” PEs for instruction is up to you or your district.
19 Deep Dive ! Using the 7th grade PEs: Review the PEs for the core ideas for each discipline.Consider what would be the best way to bundle the PEs for full deep student understanding.Consider developing a cohesive storyline. Add in concepts and ideas that the PEs might be missing.
20 Deep Dive Continued !Consider how your local context might impact the way the PEs are bundled.Chart your ideas into a concept map.Be prepared to share your ideas.
21 CDE Rationale Grade 7Read the Rationale Document (pages 16-17) from CDE for grade 7.• How does the thinking in that document resonate with your thinking as you bundled the PEs?• What is similar? What is different?• How does thinking about instruction and assessment help you determine which bundles are most productive?
22 Creative Implementation Teach life, Earth/space and physical sciences in 6th, 7th and 8th grade as individual units during the year.Teachers collaborate to share expertise with colleagues as they teach all three disciplines within the year.Combine expertise at grade level—students rotate from teachers who stay in their disciplines-(Team Teach)Ease in implementation over the next several years22
23 Where Can We Start? Don’t Know? Not Ready? • Consider what you are currently teaching— how can you increase the opportunity for students to learn through the SEPs? How might you incorporate engineering?Ready to Tackle the Issues• Build awareness with your colleagues; make informed decisions• Provide a structure to move from the current status to a NGSS aligned integrated structure
24 One idea for a SLOW transition from ‘98 standards to NGSS Developed by Palm Spring USD
25 One Idea for a FASTER transition from ‘98 Standards to NGSS Developed by Palm Springs USDA faster version of the last slide