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The Lawrence Hall of Science offers assistance to districts, schools, leaders and teachers in their transition to NGSS through customized NGSS support, professional learning experiences, and strategic planning. From planning to implementation, we can help you to achieve this new vision for teaching and learning.

For NGSS support for teachers, principals and district leaders contact Vanessa Lujan or call 510-643-0311.

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.

See the table below for a sample of recommended actions for each of the NGSS phases of implementation.

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

Click to see our recommended actions per phase.

In an effort to strengthen science and STEM education through California’s new local control finance and accountability processes — known as a school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the Lawrence Hall of Science and California STEM Learning Network have assembled an LCAP toolkit to help stakeholders successfully advocate for science in their local school district budget development process.

Alignment of the California Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Lawrence Hall of Science developed the following mapping tools to show the relationship between the California Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our goal is to help teachers, school principals, school district leaders, and instructional materials developers to answer these 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? These mapping tools include:

There is variance in how well certain EP&Cs are addressed by NGSS between grade bands. Specifically, Principle III has the strongest connections to the NGSS, while Principles IV and V have very limited connections. Additionally, while every principle is addressed at some level in middle and high school, very few principles are addressed in K–4. Some EP&Cs may well be better suited to address through instruction in History/Social Science than through instruction related to NGSS.

For NGSS support for teachers, principals and district leaders contact Vanessa Lujan or call 510-643-0311.

Many Hall programs are supporting NGSS implementation through a multitude of diverse initiatives, which can be customized to meet the needs of individual schools/districts. The Hall has deep experience to support districts in implementing NGSS. Following are two example initiatives.

BaySci: A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education is a partnership among science education leaders, districts, schools and teachers who are committed to improving the quantity and quality of K–12 science teaching and learning in California districts and schools, and is one of the few efforts, nationally, that provides systematic district-level capacity building. Led by the Lawrence Hall of Science, BaySci has worked with over a dozen Local Education Agencies (e.g., school districts, county offices of education), and is aimed at improving the likelihood that every student in our partner districts will encounter high-quality science experiences within a national and state context surrounding the implementation and convergence of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards. BaySci maintains a successful track record of working closely with district administrators/leaders, principals and teacher leaders, and is positioned as a unique resource for the myriad districts that have turned their attention and are transitioning to implementation of NGSS and working towards achieving coherence between NGSS and Common Core.

The Bay Area Science Project (BASP) team of teacher-leaders, researchers, scientists, education faculty, and pedagogical experts collaborate to design, develop, implement, evaluate, and refine professional learning opportunities for schools and districts. BASP convenes regional Seminars that are an example of highly successful partnerships. These seminars offer memorable teacher-learning opportunities, rich with connections for teachers across math, science, and writing in current topics, all while supporting excellence in teaching and cultivating 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. BASP's deep partnerships within a statewide network supports learning through innovative and relevant services.

For More Info Please Contact:

Vanessa Lujan

or call 510-643-0311

NGSS-Aligned Curriculum

The Lawrence Hall of Science has developed a range of curriculum programs to support high-quality science instruction. The focuses of these programs range from literacy integration, to contemporary issues, to comprehensive multi-grade science programs. Below, you will find a list of many of these programs. Click on any of them to learn more about how they can support you to implement NGSS.

The FOSS program provides a comprehensive K-5 and 6-8 research-based, active-learning science curriculum. The design of the FOSS program comprehensively addresses the knowledge and principles promoted by the NGSS by combining hands-on science investigations with reading, writing, and online activities.

FOSS Elementary

Provides carefully designed science lessons that typical elementary teachers can use to teach developmentally appropriate complex science and engineering concepts.

Download PDF of FOSS Elementary school example, grade 3

FOSS Middle School

Includes nine modular courses that can be configured to various grade-level needs, based on school or district requirements. The Earth Sciences strand is available now, with the remaining courses rolling out before 2017.

Download PDF of FOSS Middle school example

FOSS, Middle School Physical Science and Life Science courses

The FOSS development team is currently trial testing the new Second Edition Physical Science and Life Science courses, which will be published during 2015-2017.

Visit these pages for more information:
For More Info Please Contact:

Linda DeLucchi

The goal of each GEMS Curriculum Sequence and MARE Ocean Sciences Sequence is to focus strategically and effectively on the core science concepts that students need to understand within a scientific discipline. Sequences provide numerous opportunities for students to build skills and abilities with the practices of science, while focusing on crosscutting concepts and developing an in-depth understanding of the “big ideas” within space, ocean, and climate sciences, as described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS. Curriculum Sequences with kits are available for grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Download PDF of NGSS alignment for GEMS curriculum sequence

NASA IBEX Space Science Reading Strategy Guides

The Lawrence Hall of Science, as part of NASA's IBEX Education and Public Outreach team, developed a series of reading strategy guides that use articles from the GEMS Program. Pairing successful inquiry-based science methods with explicit literacy teaching can support students when they read, write about, or discuss complex space science topics. All strategies are appropriate for use with students in grades 6-8, with correlations to the AAAS Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy as well as the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. These guides highlight the science-focused literacy strategies that the NGSS emphasize.

  1. Teaching Vocabulary Awareness with Observing Stars (pdf)
  2. Teaching Scientific Comparison Writing with Pluto and Charon (pdf)
  3. Teaching Roundtable Discussions with Seasons on Mars (pdf)
  4. Teaching Science Vocabulary with The Shape of a Moon's Orbit (pdf)
  5. Teaching Text Structure with Understanding the Scale of the Universe (pdf)
  6. Teaching How Scientists Use Models with What Makes Up Most of the Solar System? (pdf)
For More Info Please Contact:

Traci Wierman

Visit the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading site

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is an integrated science and literacy curriculum designed for grades 2-5 for use in classrooms, schools, and districts. The 12 units of instruction in the Seeds/Roots collection each represent a balanced approach to instruction and include hands-on materials as well as a collection of engaging student books. The NGSS- and CCSS-aligned program enables students to learn disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts while simultaneously engaging in science practices and developing literacy skills — all critical components of NGSS. Independent research studies, as well as schools and districts around the country, have found Seeds/Roots to be an effective and flexible tool for increasing student achievement in both science and literacy. Each unit offers multiple points of approach for various performance expectations. Through a series of learning experiences that include reading, writing, talking, and doing, students engage in the practices and cross-cutting concepts as they work towards mastery of the disciplinary core ideas.

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing student achievement in both science and literacy. Our approach is built on a recent and growing body of educational research that shows the benefits of science-literacy integration.

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing student achievement in both science and literacy, and was designed to be accessible to English language learners. Click the ELA Chart above to learn more.

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

Engaging and accessible student books are one component of the Seeds/Roots integrated science and literacy program. Each book, on its own or paired with an accompanying free, downloadable strategy guide, can help meet schools' increasing need to focus on complex informational text. Strategy guides provide explicit instruction in deriving meaning from text about core science ideas and crosscutting concepts by having students engage in scientific practices, reading, writing, and discourse experiences.

These powerful, transferable, CCSS-aligned instructional strategies are designed to support students in becoming better readers and writers of either informational science texts in their classroom libraries, or the Seeds/Roots books collection.

The Lawrence Hall of Science has conducted detailed analyses of the ways in which Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading aligns with the NGSS at the program, unit, and individual day levels. These analysis can be found here.

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Traci Wierman

Amplify Science is a breakthrough K–8 curriculum that empowers students to make the leap from ”learning about“ to ”figuring out,“ as they apply scientific practices to solve real-world problems.

Students learn to think, read, write and argue like scientists. In each unit, they conduct investigations, create and critique models, and use evidence to construct explanations and arguments. They accomplish this by reading and analyzing complex, scientific texts, collecting data from hands-on investigations, and using digital tools to simulate and model scientific phenomena and test engineering solutions.

Amplify Science has been designed from the ground up to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Amplify Science helps teachers address the pedagogical shift from memorization to thoughtful investigation and analysis. The program also explicitly addresses a substantial portion of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math.

Amplify Science will be available for implementation beginning Fall 2016.

For More Info Please Contact:

Traci Wierman

SEPUP for Middle School

SEPUP NGSS-aligned curricula include a comprehensive three-year middle school science sequence, individual units from the sequence, and supplemental modules. These programs include a research-based assessment system and embedded support for literacy. SEPUP uses personal and societal issues to motivate students and engage them in applying what they learn. The programs include hands-on activities, interactive computer simulations, video-based activities, readings, and other activity types to support student interest and learning. The assessment system supports student growth in science and engineering practices and disciplinary core ideas, both central to NGSS.

SEPUP third edition, planned for release in 2015-2016, will be specifically developed to align fully with NGSS and the Common Core ELA and Mathematics standards.

SEPUP for High School

SEPUP's high school curricula include a two-year sequence titled Science and Global Issues, plus several modules. These materials use issues related to science to motivate and engage students in applying what they learn, and 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. One year of the two-year sequence, Science and Global Issues: Biology, is currently available, while the second year of the program, Science and Global Issues: Physics and Chemistry, will be available in 2015. The program is designed to meet the learning needs of diverse student populations. The program includes a research-based embedded assessment system and literacy support and aligns with much of 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 students 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.

At your site or on a field trip to the Hall, we offer enrichment programs for your class that support science learning around NGSS, such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, and constructing explanations and designing solutions. Our exhibit experiences connect with disciplinary core ideas in topics such as forces and energy, engineering, and earth science, allowing students to explore crosscutting concepts of cause and effect, patterns, and systems and system models. Hall workshops highlight science or engineering practices and crosscutting concepts in the context of specific content areas, creating an engaging setting for science learning that connects to NGSS.

Visit the Hall’s Programs for Schools site to explore our exhibit and workshop offerings and NGSS connections by grade level. Or email the Hall’ Registration Office or call them at 510-642-5134.

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Emily Arnold

Transform your elementary or middle school into an ocean-studies laboratory with MARE in-school programs. 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.

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Sarah Pedemonte

The Lawrence Hall of Science has deep expertise in designing 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 and priorities. We expertly weave NGSS foci into these custom-designed experiences. So if you don’t see what you are looking for in our catalogue, just ask!

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Kevin Cuff

California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

Achieving environmental literacy is integral to successfully meeting the goals of the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. California’s new Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, developed with strategic guidance from the Lawrence Hall of Science, seeks to ensure that every student graduating from California K-12 schools will be environmentally literate. California's environment is an invaluable asset and resource to help students learn to think like scientists, to form explanations supported by evidence, and to write about and discuss their ideas in civil discourse. The Blueprint is a call to action for every district, teacher, and school partner to thoughtfully and creatively integrate environmental literacy into our schools.

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 email Ardice Hartry, Interim Director of the Research Group.