News & Announcements

View the Presentation by Phil Lafontaine at the November 2013 CISC Meeting.
Download the PDF here.

NGSS Released!
Read the news release here.

NGSS News "Update"

• Issue 10 Week of July 1, 2013 (DOC)
• Issue 11 Week of August 1, 2013 (DOC)

Update: April 9, 2013
HOT! Final version of the Next Generation Science Standards released today! Check the NGSS website to see the changes made to this final version.

LACOE’s Anthony Quan Quoted on KPCC:
K-12 science education standards get revamp, include evolution, climate change

Mary Plummer| April 9th, 2013, 4:19pm

After nearly two years of study and discussion, California and 25 other states released new K-12 science standards Wednesday, emphasizing critical thinking and including guidelines for teaching climate change and evolution.

The standards move away from memorization-based science learning and toward more hands-on, deeper thinking.

"It's almost a new frontier," said Anthony Quan, a consultant on science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. "Now it's time to reexamine the way we think about science."

Read the rest of the article on the KPCC web site.

Update: January 9, 2013

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is out and will be available for feedback through January 29, 2013! Read it here. Also, take advantage of the NGSS PowerPoint, designed by Phil Lafontaine and Dean Gilbert, to assist you with any public review that you will be conducting. 

Second Draft of NGSS

NGSS Review PowerPoint 

CSTA would also like your assistance in sharing a link to a survey they developed to assess science teacher needs for Professional Development (PD) around the NGSS and science content, as well as their preference for CSTA conferences, and how and where they want to get their PD. They would be happy to share the results of the survey on request. Please take a look at the survey if you have not already, it, and a brief article about it is online HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Anthony Quan
STEM Education

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