Resources and Key Organizations

Professional science education communities integrate learning with practice and provide opportunities for collaboration. The Science Education Community will: 1) Address the isolation of classroom teachers and instill a strong sense of efficacy, which is important in raising student achievement; 2) Support a collaborative culture where reflective practice is an important element of improving science teaching and learning; 3) Promote the effective implementation of  science instructional materials in the classroom; 4) Focus on improvement of content and pedagogical knowledge in support of teaching and learning science; and 5) Provide support to implement a high quality science program in all classrooms.

Professional Societies

Science Education Professional Societies

As a new science teacher, you are among an elite family of individuals committed to improving students' critical thinking and problem solving through the process of scientific investigation and the language of science. Below, you will find links to outstanding resources to help you achieve this goal. Join a professional organization and stay in touch with your colleagues. It is a critical step to long term career satisfaction.

Learn more about science education professional societies that have been set up to support your efforts.

Augmentative Key Organization Resources

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: College-Ready Education

Through effective teaching, personalized learning, and with college-ready expectations the Gates Foundation's College-Ready Education initiative prepares future teachers by efficiently integrating common core state standards and pedagogical resources into curriculum. To learn more information please visit the College Ready website.

Innovative Tools and Collaboration for Common Core - varous pedagogical resources and tools, some of which are made by teachers for teachers, to efficiently integrate CCSS (Common Core State Standards) into classroom environments.

Teachers Know Best - No one knows teaching like teachers, so more than 3,100 educators were surveyed and asked what kinds of digital instructional tools are essential to help their students be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.

Tools for Teachers by Teachers - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested $152.8 million dollars to support teachers in deepening their practice. These investments are anchored by two collaboratives--the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Math Design Collaborative (MDC)--that focus on codesigning and implementing high-quality tools for rigorous literacy and math instruction.

Feedback for Better Teaching - This PDF highlights a set of guiding principles from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inform the design and implementation of high-quality teacher support and evaluation systems based on three years' of work by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, its partners, and other leading school systems and organizations.

Taking Stock: The Impact of Effective Teaching Systems - The First Five Years - In 2009 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commited to invest up to $300 million in three different school districts and a consortium of four Charter Managment Organizations (CMOs) willing to take on an audacious goal: improving teaching across the entire school system. This PDF brief highlights what was learned in the first five years of work.

Engaging Students Where They Are - Because Students live in a technological world, using technology helps engage students where they are. Instructional coach Nick Sun describes how he teaches teachers to use apps like Prezi, Nearpod, and Tellagami to enhance their students' experiences in the classrooom.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Interested in honing your best practices in science education and meeting the new credentialing demands? You can find out about the many exciting professional development opportunities for California Science Teachers by visiting www.cascience.organd nationally by visiting www.nsta.org

Also you may visit the website at your local CSU campus to learn what may be offered in your area. The list of CSU campuses is available at www.calstate.edu

California Science Project

The California Science Project is currently represented regionally by 18 sites. Although they have much in common, each site is staffed by individuals with unique science and teaching backgrounds. Each site has designed and developed programs to meet local educational needs. For futher information, please visit http://csmp.ucop.edu/csp/regional.html.

Tips for Teaching Science to Second Language Learners

Interested in learning more about helping English Language Learners succeed in the science classroom? Click here for useful tips.

STEM in Induction

The Long Beach Unified School District pioneered an Alternative Induction Pathway from 2011-2016, enabling teachers affected by lay-offs to participate in a STEM-enhanced induction program. Innovative resources from the project, suitable for use in any induction or professional development program, are included below.

5E Inquiry Lesson Structure

AIP and Co-Teaching

Creating an Induction Program Embedded with Current District, State, and National Initiatives

Common Core Mathematics and the Use of Manipulatives

Common Core State Standards Math Training

Exploring Science in K-8 Classrooms

Transitioning to the California Common Core

Why is STEM Education Important?