The Elementary Education Department began its process of exploring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013 with the STEAM Inquiry Team, currently named the STEAM Inquiry Group. Teacher leaders from each of the 12 elementary schools, Greendell, middle school, and the Elementary TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) Team met regularly across the school years to learn more about NGSS, explore STEAM Education opportunities, and implement innovative educational curriculum and instructional approaches.

In November 2018, the California State Board of Education released their approved list of publishers and science programs. The District will begin a process of exploring and piloting instructional materials for use in K-5 science programs. This process, along with the selection committee, will make a recommendation that will go to the PAUSD School Board in spring 2021. We are coordinating closely with the 6th – 8th science adoption process. The science adoption and subsequent implementation and professional development are part of the PAUSD Strategic Plan Goal A.

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Application Process

The selection committee composition and adoption process are defined by Board Policy and Administrative Regulations for Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials (BP 6161.1 and AR 6161.1), which include the following clauses:

  • The Superintendent or designee shall establish a process by which instructional materials shall be reviewed for recommendation to the Board. This process shall involve teachers in a substantial manner and shall also encourage the participation of parents/guardians and community members.
  • Individuals who participate in selecting and evaluating instructional materials shall not have a conflict of interest in the materials being reviewed, as defined in administrative regulation.
  • Committee shall include two to five community members selected by the Superintendent or designee
  • The community members selected shall represent a balanced perspective of the community at large.

To Participate

1.  Applicants must be able to commit to regular attendance given this anticipated schedule:

Science Pilot and Adoption Committee Meetings: 2019-2020 Timeline

September 16, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

General Overview Meeting
Overview of Next Generation Science Standards and Develop District Lens for Exploration

October 17, 2019
8:30 - 3:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

Explore Science Programs Using the District Lens

December 16, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

Review the California NGSS Toolkit for Instructional Material Evaluation (TIME) 

February 27, 2020
8:30 - 3:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

Prescreen Science Programs for Paper Screening Phase

April 27, 2020
3:30 - 5:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

Paper Screen Science Programs for Piloting Phase

May 11, 2020 (*if needed)
3:30 - 5:00 pm
PAUSD Board Room

Select Recommendations for Pilot

2020 - 2021Formal Pilot Year

2. Complete application:

Community Members
K-5 Teachers/Specialists/Administrators

Committee Start/End Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019