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SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

The Hall helps dozens of districts and hundreds of schools plan for, transition to, and fully implement NGSS.

For custom NGSS support, please contact Vanessa Lujan or call 510-643-0311.

We also have a portfolio of curriculum materials that provide students with the highest-quality NGSS-aligned learning experiences.

Customized Planning and Professional Development

Whether your school or district is just starting to learn about NGSS, or you would like help transitioning to NGSS, or you’re ready to implement, our NGSS resources can support you in many ways.

Our NGSS resources can support your district or school at the Awareness, Transition, and Implementation phases of NGSS. Awareness represents an introduction to NGSS, needs assessment, and initial planning for implementation. Transition represents building leadership capacity, communicating your district’s “Vision for Science,” and establishing new professional learning opportunities. Implementation entails expanding professional learning support, as well as fully aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessments.

NGSS: Recommended Actions at Each Phase: Awareness, Transition, and Implementation

Recommended Actions at Each Phase

NGSS Short-term Workshops and Seminars

Investigating Materials with Light
NGSS Workshop for 4th–8th Grade Teachers, June 1 or July 11, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Come to this NGSS-aligned workshop to build expertise in 3D classroom instruction and make connections to real-world science applications. Using classroom activities and the newly released Microscopes of Tomorrow app, we will connect NGSS concepts and practices to the work of imaging scientists in the STROBE research center. The seminar will be held at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Seminar participants will receive a $150 stipend, along with breakfast and lunch. Space is limited, preregistration is required. Applications are due by May 15th, 2019. For more details download the Investigating Materials with Light flyer (PDF).
This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement 1548924.

NGSS High School Chemistry Seminar
July 9–10, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Support NGSS implementation and be part of this exciting opportunity for California high school Chemistry teachers. Send a team to this summer seminar exploring the Chemistry in the Earth System course and take advantage of coming together with teachers across multiple districts to build expertise, work with course development tools, and share exemplary instructional materials. The seminar will be held at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Seminar participants will receive a $250 stipend ($125 per day). Space is limited, preregistration is required. Applications are due by June 1st, 2019. For more details and the registration link please download the NGSS High School Chemistry Seminar flyer (PDF).
Development of this program was supported by the Rochelle and David Ridgway Fund and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, under award NA14SEC0080004.

Strengthen Your School or District’s Focus on Environmental Literacy

Achieving environmental literacy is woven throughout NGSS, and California has its own Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs). To enhance this essential feature of the standards, we helped develop the state’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. Districts can use our mapping tools to answer these and other questions: If we are fully implementing NGSS, what portion of the EP&Cs are we automatically addressing to mastery? What portion of the EP&Cs do we need to address through additional supplemental materials or experiences? We at the Hall help leaders to make districtwide environmental literacy plans that support NGSS implementation.

Many Hall programs are already supporting NGSS implementation through a multitude of diverse initiatives to meet the needs of individual schools and districts. The Hall has deep experience in supporting districts as they implement NGSS.

BaySci is a partnership among science education leaders at the Hall, along with districts, schools, and teachers who are committed to improving the quantity and quality of K–12 science teaching and learning throughout California districts and schools. It is one of the few efforts, nationally, that provides systematic district-level capacity building. BaySci has worked with dozens of school districts and county offices of education to improve the likelihood that every student in partner districts will encounter high-quality science experiences that address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. BaySci works closely with superintendents, district leaders, principals, and teacher-leaders to implement the ambitious visions of NGSS and Common Core.

The Bay Area Science Project (BASP) team of teacher-leaders, scientists, and pedagogical experts collaborate to design, implement, evaluate, and improve professional learning opportunities for schools and districts alike. BASP convenes regional seminars that offer memorable professional learning opportunities, rich with connections for teachers across math, science, and writing, that support excellence in teaching and cultivate more-engaged students. BASP conducts annual Summer Institutes for teachers that address content knowledge, present effective approaches to teaching science, and explore hands-on investigations that are easily carried out in the classroom.

For More Info Please Contact:

Vanessa Lujan

or call 510-643-0311

Instructional Materials for the NGSS Era

The following is a list of instructional materials designed and developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science that address the NGSS. These materials provide a range of approaches to teaching and learning, because we continue to innovate and contribute knowledge to the field. There is not one single “best” design for curriculum. That is why we at the Hall make various kinds of products and also test different ideas and models in order to come up with better options, as well as options that work better in different contexts.

Why Schools Need Professionally Designed Instructional Materials (PDF)
Recognizing and Selecting Instructional Materials for the NGSS Era (PDF)
Instructional Materials in the NGSS Era from the Lawrence Hall of Science (PDF)

Problem-based deep dives: Students inhabit the role of scientists and engineers to figure out solutions to real-world problems and learn how the natural world works.

* * * Newly designed for NGSS * * *

Amplify Science K–5 offers a complete science curriculum designed from the ground up to address the NGSS. Each unit engages students in the role of scientists and engineers as they are challenged to solve real-world problems and figure out how the natural world works. Our K–5 program recognizes the importance of students’ engagement with hands-on experiences, and amplifies those with literacy-rich activities, closely aligned digital experiences, and award-winning, informational books. Using Amplify Science, students engage with scientific phenomena through doing, talking, reading, writing, and visualizing.

For More Info Please Contact:

Cameron Yahr

Problem-based deep dives: Argumentation-driven units combine hands-on investigations and state-of-the-art simulations to enable students to visualize, model, and explain complex, real-world phenomena.

* * * Newly designed for NGSS * * *

Amplify Science Middle School is a complete grades 6–8 curriculum, designed from the ground up to address the NGSS. Its argumentation-driven units enable students to visualize, model, and explain complex, real-world phenomena. Students access a rich collection of evidence sources, including those that are firsthand (such as hands-on investigations, state-of-the-art simulations, and modeling tools) as well as secondhand sources (engaging media and custom-written science articles). Each unit provides students with a real-world problem to figure out. Each year-long course includes a launch unit, core units, and two digital engineering internships, and is available as either an Integrated or a Domain-Specific program. The program is available for 1:1 (one computer device for every student) situations as well as for use with paper investigation notebooks and access to computer devices only about half of the time at 1:2 (one computer device for every two students).

For More Info Please Contact:

Cameron Yahr

Active science learning experiences: Firsthand investigations that engage students in explaining natural and designed phenomena for deep conceptual learning.

* * * Redesigned and enhanced for NGSS * * *

The Full Option Science System® (FOSS) Program is a comprehensive K–8 active-learning science curriculum. The program provides carefully designed science lessons that teachers can use to teach developmentally appropriate complex science and engineering concepts. The design of the FOSS® Program cohesively addresses the knowledge and principles promoted by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), ensuring that ALL students will have equitable opportunities to make sense of natural phenomena and human-designed systems.

Visit the FOSS website for more information.

For More Info Please Contact:

Linda DeLucchi

Jessica Penchos

Issue-oriented science: Preparing students to become scientifically literate citizens and make evidence-based decisions.

* * * Redesigned and enhanced for NGSS * * *

Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important, science-related personal and community issues. SEPUP’s three-year middle school sequence uses issues to integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, from laboratories and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, including literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and aligns with much of the NGSS across three dimensions.

For More Info Please Contact:

Barbara Nagle


Interested in seeing comparisons of Hall-created instructional materials?


Additional Resources (which may be used to support NGSS implementation)

Integrated science units: immersing students in learning about marine/aquatic habitats.

Young students investigate how living things survive in pond habitats (grade K) and in seashore habitats (grade 1) through engaging in firsthand investigations, researching and communicating information, and constructing their own explanations. Class learning progressions are made visible on a “thinking like scientists and doing what scientists do” bulletin board.

Visit these pages for more information and access to this free curriculum:
For Grade K: Ponds
For Grade 1: Life at the Seashore

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte

Discourse-rich investigations into the natural world: using the ocean as a context.

Funded by and developed with NOAA scientists, the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences were designed to strategically focus on essential core knowledge for ocean sciences. Two in-depth curriculum sequences engage students in grades 3–8 in firsthand investigations and making evidence-based explanations. One sequence targets upper elementary students (grades 3–5), the other middle school students (grades 6–8). These sequences provide a strong model for integrating ideas across science disciplines.

Visit these pages for more information about Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences:
MARE Ocean Sciences Curriculum and Activities
Ocean Science Sequence for Grades 3–5
Ocean Science Sequence for Grades 6–8

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte

Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important science-related issues of sustainability, the environment, and human health. The two-year sequences of SEPUP’s Science and Global Issues will integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, from laboratories and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, including literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and aligns with much of the NGSS across the three dimensions.

For More Info Please Contact:

Barbara Nagle


Direct Service to Your Students

The Lawrence Hall of Science provides NGSS-aligned science programs directly for students. Our programs engage them in the practices that scientists and engineers use in their work, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, and arguing from evidence. We interweave the development of these skills with content knowledge to empower young people from all backgrounds to think, work, and live together in a future that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.

On-site at the Lawrence Hall, we offer an array of 75-minute workshops that provide the opportunity for exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) ideas, concepts, and practices that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These workshops maximize access to our rich resources, including animals, interactive exhibits, outdoor experiences, and specialized equipment to support science learning. At schools and in the community, we deliver festivals and shows that create an engaging setting for the exploration of specific content areas connected to the NGSS. These highly interactive programs support large groups of learners to engage with STEM.

Visit the Hall’s Field Trips Page to explore our exhibit and workshop offerings and NGSS connections by grade level. Or contact the Registration Office by email or by phone (510-642-5134).

For More Info Please Contact:

Reyna Hamilton

Transform your elementary or middle school into an ocean-studies laboratory with MARE. This whole-school, interdisciplinary program teaches Earth, physical, and life sciences as well as language arts, music, math, and art—all in the context of marine environments. Let our staff engage your students in science experiences, while modeling many of the science practices of NGSS, including asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, constructing explanations, and arguing from evidence.

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte


Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Services

The Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science partners with teachers, schools, and districts to support your NGSS development, implementation, assessment, evaluation, and research efforts. We offer a full spectrum of independent services to provide evidence and insights that foster high-quality, equitable, and innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities within and across all types of learning environments and settings. For more information, please email Ardice Hartry, Interim Director of the Research Group.