Palm Springs Unified School District is just one eight school districts and two charter management organizations selected to participate in the California K-8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, which will begin its work with a weeklong Academy next month.
Developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input on design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education and Achieve, the initiative will be a fast-start demonstration project to build local education agency capacity to fully implement the NGSS in grades K-8 over the next four years.
Palm Springs Unified was selected in a competitive application process with input from expert reviewers. The project is funded by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. The Districts were chosen based upon previous demonstrated commitment to science education, high capacity to begin implementing NGSS in 2014-15 and a commitment to implementing the CA NGSS Integrated Model for 6-8.
The Inititative will provide teachers and administrators with in-depth, content-rich professional development support from leaders in the state's science education community that have been deeply engaged with NGSS content. The Districts will also be given opportunities to be in the forefront of pilot testing new NGSS-aligned tools, processes, assessment item prototypes and digital and other instructional materials.