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PARENTS & STUDENTS

Across the nation, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adoption is prompting schools and districts to review their practices and materials to better integrate science into their curriculum. You can help your school and support your children by staying informed about how your school is approaching standards implementation and by making your school aware of resources available at the Hall. You can also provide your children with more opportunities to engage in important science and engineering practices and can activate them toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning by involving them in camps, classes, and museum experiences at the Hall.

Advocate for High-Quality Science Learning at Your School

As a parent, you are a vital advocate for educational priorities, tools, and resources at your school. Taking the time to inform yourself about NGSS, finding out about NGSS-related resources, and talking to school administrators and other parents about your district’s implementation of the standards will support your child’s science education. NGSS emphasizes thinking skills that are particularly useful in the 21st century, whether or not your child becomes a scientist or engineer. The Hall offers resources that can help your school or afterschool program address the standards and build important critical thinking skills. We can also help you advocate to have NGSS included in implementation and funding plans for local schools and districts.

The Lawrence Hall of Science and California STEM Learning Network, have partnered to create a new toolkit to help educators, parents, students, community partners and business leaders participate in the development of their school district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). LCAPs are part of a new process that requires all school districts to involve their community as they develop and publicly report on their annual program priorities and budget plans. We feel it is more important than ever that local stakeholders get involved to ensure that districts prioritize and support strong science and STEM education. We encourage you to read and utilize the toolkit resources to help you become a powerful advocate for science and STEM education in your community.
For more information on parent and community advocacy, contact Vanessa Lujan.

Things You Can Do

Learning in camps, classes, afterschool programs, museums, and at home can provide opportunities for your child to engage deeply in important science and engineering practices, doing what scientists and engineers do. Outside of school, there is time to complete a full experiment, and to discuss and debate evidence in detail. Children can choose opportunities that directly connect with their interests and questions, allowing for an authentic practice of science and fostering a level of interest that can boost their persistence and success in school. The Hall has several resources and programs that are designed to help you and your child engage with science and engineering practices outside of school.

Camps and Classes

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, sign up your child for a camp or class at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Our camps and classes provide opportunities for children to experience some of the scientific practices and content included in NGSS in a fun, informal, and engaging setting.

Not located near us? Find your nearest science center and see what it has to offer.

The Hall’s Resources for Districts and Schools

The Hall can provide many resources and services to help schools and districts make the transition to NGSS. Learn more by exploring the page we've designed specifically for schools and districts. Then make your school aware of the resources and services that the Hall has to offer.

Visit the NGSS for Schools and Districts page for more info.

The Hall’s Resources for Afterschool Programs

Explore our page designed for afterschool educators, and share with your afterschool educators the Hall’s resources designed specifically for them.

Visit the NGSS Out-of-School Educators page for more info.

Custom Science Programs

The Lawrence Hall of Science has deep expertise to design custom programs for your school that support youth to engage in the practices of science that are core to NGSS. Our Public Science Center and our East Bay Academy for Young Scientists staff have a successful track record of working with districts, schools, and classroom teachers to design programs and activities tailored to their specific needs. We expertly weave NGSS foci into these custom-designed experiences. So if you don’t see what you are looking for, just ask!

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Cuff, East Bay Academy for Young Scientists

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Student Books and Strategy Guides

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is an integrated science and literacy curriculum for grades 2-5 that includes hands-on materials and a collection of 81 engaging student books. The Seeds/Roots books enable children to dive deeply into learning about the natural and designed worlds in ways that connect to the disciplinary core ideas in NGSS. Each book conveys sophisticated science ideas, while giving readers multiple opportunities to encounter and learn key science vocabulary.

Explore and purchase Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Student Books.

You can get the most out of this informational text library by using a free, downloadable strategy guide for each of the Seeds/Roots student books that support children in reading, writing, and discussing as scientists do. Visit here for the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading strategy guides.

Find Information about the NGSS

NGSS represents a significant shift in teaching and learning from an era of memorizing to a new era of thinking, meaning-making, and deep conceptual understanding.

Visit the NGSS website to see the standards directly and to find out more about what they are meant to achieve.