Science (NGSS, Science Partnerships)
Our science team provides professional development opportunities to educators across the county to ensure that students are equipped with skills to attain high levels of science achievement across content areas.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a vision for education where students, over multiple years of school, deepen their understanding of core ideas in science and engineering through active engagement with science and engineering practices and application of crosscutting concepts (NRC Framework, 2012).
The Alameda County Office of Education offers a variety of events and professional learning to help educators learn about and deepen understanding of NGSS, plan science instruction, develop assessments, and develop PLC models. These services are designed to support and build capacity of districts and schools implementing the NGSS.
The complex and challenging work of planning and teaching with NGSS, and assessing students in three-dimensional ways, requires changes in teacher beliefs, content knowledge, and pedagogical skills. Providing teachers with an initial exposure and time to deepen their understanding of the standards is a start.
The Alameda County Office of Education hosts the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network in Region 4 serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties. CREEC, funded by the California Department of Education, aims to advance environmental education statewide. Additionally, the StopWaste Ambassador Program (SWAP) helps schools establish and support student leadership to promote source reduction, recycling, reuse, and composting systems using the service-learning teaching strategy.