About

Vision

BaySci 2012 Vision and Structure
BaySci Framework

BaySci is a network of districts, teachers and informal educators who are proactively putting Bay Area schools on the leading edge of achieving the new national vision for science education presented by the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education.

A well-developed educator workforce in science (both SREI and formal educators), as well as the building of school district and regional infrastructure to support the teaching and learning of science/NGSS, are both necessary to have lasting impacts on current and future generations of students. Thus, “capacity building” is comprised of both professional learning and development (human capital) and development of an improvement infrastructure (systems to support and deploy human capital).

BaySci is made up of 5 key elements:

1. Science Champions: Individual “science champions” are supported to improve and share their own practices, assume leadership roles, and develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence in science to bring back to their schools and/or districts.

2. Districts: Districts and leaders focus on long-range planning for K-12 school science/NGSS and the convergence with Common Core, understand and support critical elements for an effective science program at their district, increase high-quality science instruction within their schools, and build leadership capacity at various ranks in district administration and school sites.

3. Science-rich Educational Institutions (SREIs): Educational leaders and designers in Bay Area SREIs learn from national experts, critical research, and each other to explore how their institutions can best support district, leader and teacher capacity building.

4. Bay Area Science Education Community: BaySci SREIs, school districts, and individual champions make up the broader Bay Area Science Education Community. In addition, BaySci hosts events for a broad Bay Area science education audience of leaders from SREIs, universities, corporate foundations, policy-making agencies, districts, and schools. The purpose is to provide an accessible opportunity for all who are interested in improving K-12 science efforts in the Bay Area.

5. National and State Context: BaySci is committed to putting Bay Area schools on the leading edge of achieving the new national vision for science education, preparing Bay Area educators and districts to meet the challenges ahead presented by the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards, and providing critical instructional connections between Science and the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts & Literacy.

History

BaySci was created in 2008 to build district leadership for inquiry-based science education through a partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, and five Bay Area school districts (Emery USD, Newark USD, Novato USD, Palo Alto USD and Petaluma City Schools). Initially funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, the partnership provided a foundation for meaningful and sustainable district support for quality elementary science programs. The project increased opportunities for students in Bay Area school districts to learn science by improving the district leadership capacity and support for science education, an important foundation in school science education reform.

In 2009, with major funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, BaySci invited the Newark Unified and Novato Unified School Districts to participate in a two year BaySci Teacher Professional Development Program. This program offered professional development opportunities for teachers using FOSS (Full Option Science System), the hands-on science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The grant also funded district science festivals that provide opportunities for families to share with their children in the joy of learning science, as well as supported a district BaySci Science Coordinator to facilitate the professional development program within their district.

In 2012, with joint funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, BaySci has expanded efforts to include capacity development work in more school districts in the District Network Strand, through the development of individual science leaders and teachers in the Science Champions Network Strand, and through partnering and collaborative development of regional Science-rich Educational Institutions (SREIs) in the SREI Learning Community Strand.

Timeline

2008–2009:
BaySci District Leadership Program (Emery USD, Newark USD, Novato USD, Palo Alto USD, Petaluma City Schools)

Funding provided by: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Noyce Foundation

2009–2010:
BaySci District Leadership Program (Newark USD, Novato USD, Palo Alto USD, Petaluma City Schools)
BaySci Teacher Professional Development Program (Newark USD & Novato USD)

Funding provided by: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

2010–2011:
BaySci District Leadership Program (Newark USD, Novato USD, Palo Alto USD, Petaluma City Schools)
BaySci Teacher Professional Development Program (Newark USD & Novato USD)

Funding provided by: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

2012–2013:
BaySci District Network Strand (Alameda USD, Newark USD, Novato USD, Oakland USD, Palo Alto USD, Petaluma City Schools, Santa Barbara USD, Santa Clara USD)
BaySci Science Champions Network Strand (38 teachers selected from the nine Bay Area counties)
BaySci SREI Learning Community Strand (Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership, Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Funding provided by: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and Wharton Foundation

2013–2014
BaySci District Network Strand (Alameda USD, Newark USD, Oakland USD, Orinda USD, Petaluma City Schools, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Santa Barbara USD, Santa Clara USD)
BaySci Science Champions Network Strand (43 teachers selected from the nine Bay Area counties)
BaySci SREI Learning Community Strand (Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

2014–2015
BaySci District Network Strand (Alameda USD, Newark USD, Oakland USD, Orinda USD, Petaluma City Schools, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Santa Barbara USD, Santa Clara USD, Sonoma County Office of Education)
BaySci Science Champions Network Strand (43 teachers selected from the nine Bay Area counties)
BaySci SREI Learning Community Strand (Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

2015–2016
BaySci District Network Strand (Alameda USD, Berryessa USD, Newark USD, Orinda USD, Petaluma City Schools, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Santa Barbara USD, Santa Clara USD, Sonoma County Office of Education, Cloverdale USD)
BaySci Science Champions Network Strand (37 teachers selected from the nine Bay Area counties)
BaySci SREI Learning Community Strand (Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Funding provided by: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and Wharton Foundation

Partners

California Academy of Sciences www.calacademy.org

Chabot Space and Science Center www.chabotspace.org

Exploratorium www.exploratorium.edu

Full Option Science System (FOSS) www.fossweb.com

FOSS California www.fossweb.com/ca

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation www.moore.org

Inverness Research, Inc. www.inverness-research.org

Lawrence Hall of Science www.lawrencehallofscience.org

Monterey Bay Aquarium www.montereybayaquarium.org

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation www.sdbjrfoundation.org

SRI International www.sri.com

UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership http://biochemistry.ucsf.edu/programs/sep/index.html