The Exploratorium is supporting NGSS implementation across California by partnering with K–12 educators who serve as local advocates for science, be it in a classroom or county office. Through face-to-face institutes, online workshops, and peer-based communication tools, we are equipping educators from all over the state with NGSS-aligned resources they can use to inspire the next generation of science learners. By extending our reach beyond the Bay Area, we are investing in long-term, local capacity for inquiry-rich science education for all California students.
Grades K–5: Empowering Regional Teams
For elementary educators, we work closely with county and district professional learning providers who offer ongoing supports for teachers. Each cohort is recruited from a specific region in California, allowing us to form meaningful partnerships with local leaders and teams. Activities include a three-day workshop at the Exploratorium followed by online workshops and onsite support.
Grades 6–12: Connecting Teacher Leaders
For middle and high school science teachers who also provide supports to other teachers, we are creating a statewide network of secondary science teacher leaders to support NGSS implementation. Participants from across California attend a one-week institute at the Exploratorium and then continue to share, find support, and learn online through workshops and a community listserv.