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Through various programs, workshops, symposia and community activities, the Science Unit at the Orange County Department of Education strives to improve academic achievement, scientific literacy, classroom instructional practices and leadership strategies for students, teachers and administrators.

The Science Unit offers on-going professional leadership for teachers and administrators, focused on the specific needs of the schools in the 29 districts located in Orange County.

You can subscribe to the K-12 Science listserv and receive up to date information on science professional development, including new legislation, workshops, state and national organizations, Orange County Science Olympiad and Science Fair, and teacher/administrator training at join-k12science@listserv.ocde.us .
 
You can unsubscribe any time at leave-k12science@listserv.ocde.us .

OCSTEM (Orange County Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

The OCSTEM CTE Community Collaborative Project funded by the Governor's SB 70 Career Technical Education Initiative Grant is designed to bring multiple local partners and initiatives in Orange County together to better coordinate and organize a focused effort to meet STEM demands. The OCSTEM mission is:
  1. Improvement of current science/mathematics phobic student culture.
  2. The lack of student engagement and integrated curriculum in grades 7-14, science and mathematics education.
  3. The local crisis in STEM-related available workforce in Orange County that requires 1, 2, and 4 years of postsecondary education and training. 
See OC STEM website for the Project Abstract and our latest research on STEM. 

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards​, searchable by topic or individual performance expectations.
 
One of the goals of a quality science education is to help make a strong, scientifically literate citizens who will be able to make informed decisions and contribute to their community. We want students to be confident and prepared for their future. 
 

Next Generation Science Standards is expected to have a profound influence on curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development in the years ahead. Science educators, supervisors, administrators, and anyone interested in shaping the future of science education are strongly encouraged to read and thoroughly review the draft standards and provide comment back to Achieve on their dedicated website.

The web version of the standards will be sortable by Grade Level/Span, Content Area, Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts.  We encourage you to review Part 1 of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Idea.  By reviewing this section, reviewers will have a better understanding of the Framework as a basis for the NGSS.

The California Department of Education has established a Listserv to provide updates to the general population, and encourage you to sign up if you haven’t already done so.  You may join the NGSS electronic mailing list by sending a blank e-mail to join-ngss@mlist.cde.ca.gov.  
Please share this with any interested parties who wish to receive updates on the NGSS.

Orange County Regional Science Olympiad

The Orange County Regional Olympiad is held each spring with the top teams moving on to state and national competition. Science Olympiad tournaments are interscholastic academic competitions (7-12) that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare during the year. Events are balanced among the science disciplines of chemistry, biology, earth science, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications. The day concludes with a ceremony where individuals and teams are awarded medals, ribbons and trophies for their achievements. One of the goals of Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.
 
For more information please email Sandra Pradyanata at spradyanata@ocde.us or call 714-966-4470.