Curriculum & Instruction

It’s More Than a Field Trip

Posted by Kurt Holland on December 10, 2015

We looked around, startled to hear an unrecognized female voice rise into Yosemite’s still wintertime forest. My class and I were three days into our trip and far from the few casual hikers that populate the valley floor in wintertime. We were not expecting company. In fact, we had traveled from Southern California during the […]

Welcome to Rialto. About 100,000 people call it home, and like much of the Inland Empire it is about an hour from everything: the beach, the mountains, the desert. But when someone says that you are an hour from everywhere, what does that say about where you are? It’s nowhere? Left to its own devices, […]

In fall of 2013, California’s State Board of Education (SBE) adopted a slightly modified version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* intended to reinvent science education in the state. This adoption triggered a series of events that can lead California into the forefront of science education for the 21st Century. Released in early 2013 […]

The 1983 release of the National Commission on Excellence in Education report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, marks the starting point of the education reform movement that today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future will drive the functioning of every public school classroom in America—instruction targeted toward student proficiency with specific […]

Last Saturday, I attended the first of five focus group meetings for the 2016 revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools. The Framework is being revised because California recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The revision of the Science Framework, and the inclusive process the state plans to follow, creates a […]