The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Team at the Elementary level was assembled to pilot a new model of support and provide elementary teachers with NGSS professional learning support that builds capacity of teacher leaders, embeds accountability systems, and brings instructional practice of science to the forefront as an integral part of daily instruction that enhances, engages, and brings relevance to  student’s metacognitive processes in Mathematics and English Language Arts. Secondary has two course description teams, one at the High School level and one at Middle School.

The NGSS Team works with the Western University (WesternU) of Health Sciences to plan and run their Pomona Health Career Ladder (PHCL) Academies for youth in grades PreK-5. The team trains and coaches WesternU medical students, helping them to provide valuable, engaging activities in health sciences and engineering for local youth. They also draft and model curriculum to be used in current and future academies.

Science goal:

Build capacity of adult learners in the system to transform practice, increase teacher effectiveness and efficacy to impact identified students’ learning.

What will the NGSS look like in the classroom?

High-quality effective education, moving towards hands-on, collaborative, and integrated environment rooted in inquiry and discovery. Student -centered learning that enables students to think on their own, problem solve, communicate, and collaborate – in addition to learning important scientific concepts.

Western University Pomona Health Career Ladder