Frequently Asked Questions:

1.        Who are the Participants/Teacher Leaders and how are they selected and involved in the Initiative?

Each district or charter, based on its size, has been allocated a certain number of teachers to participate in years 2-4 as Teacher Leaders.  These teachers will be selected by the district or charter and should represent primary, upper elementary, and middle school teachers.  The Teacher Leaders will attend a year-long program each year for 3 years.  In the summer they will attend an institute lead by the K-12 Alliance and the Core Leadership Teams to learn content, pedagogy, and leadership strategies to implement the NGSS.  During the school year, the Teacher Leaders will participate in the Teaching Learning Collaborative (TLC), a type of lesson study, facilitated by the K-12 Alliance and Core Leadership Team teachers.  Other on-site activities involve PLCs and grade-level meetings..        

2.        What is the role of the Participant/Teacher Leader?

The Teacher Leader role is to implement in their classroom and work with teachers at their school to implement in those classrooms.  The Teacher Leaders will help lead PLCs and grade-level meetings that pertain to NGSS.  In years 3 and 4, the Teacher Leaders will work with the Core Leadership Team to provide professional development to the entire district.

3.    What about the Participant/Teacher Leader Stipend and Release time?

Teacher Leaders receive a stipend of $2000 per year and release time to participate in the lesson study. Both are provided directly by the district or charter 

4.  When and where will the Summer Institute be held for Year 1?

 The Summer Institute for Year 1 (2015) will be held in Vista, California from Monday, August 3 through Friday August 7.  The Institute will run from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  Hotels are available if you wish.  Other districts will be in attendance as well, including: Vista, Palm Springs, High Tech High, and San Diego Unified.

5.        What other activities are part of the Initiative?

In addition to the leadership training for the Core Leadership team, professional learning for Teacher Leaders and district/charter-wide professional development opportunities, the Initiative will involve the districts and charters in a “community of practice.”  This learning community will bring people from different levels in the district/charter to learn from each other in both “job alike” sharing as well as cross level conversations.

6.  What if I am already part of IDEAS 2.0?  Can I still participate in the NGSS Early Implementation Initiative?

Yes!  All IDEAS 2.0 Participants are encouraged to participate in the Early Implementation Initiative.  As we work to increase leadership capacity and NGSS expertise in LUSD, your participation will help us meet the needs of the district and assist us with achieving full implementation by Year 3.

7.  If I am an IDEAS 2.0 Participant, will I have to do 4 rounds of TLC (Lesson Study) during the school year?

No, we are working closely with WestEd/K-12 Alliance and the IDEAS 2.0 Project to identify potential Professional Development overlap, so that the needs/requirements of both projects will be met without increasing teacher workload unnecessarily.  That means that if you complete your Fall and Spring TLC cycles for IDEAS 2.0, that will "count" toward your NGSS TLC work.

8.  If I am an IDEAS 2.0 Participant and an NGSS Early Implementer, will I get both stipends?

Yes! as long as you fulfill the requirements for each program, you will receive both stipends.

9.  Does my stipend have to come in my LUSD paycheck?  Seems like they take out a lot of taxes.

Yes.  For both NGSS Early Implementation and IDEAS 2.0, the funding agency does not write checks to participants.  We are hoping to ease the pain by disbursing the stipend in 2 chunks: half after the summer institute and the remainder after school year obligations have been met..    

10.  Who is in “charge” of this program?

The K-12 Alliance at WestEd will co-design, plan and implement the Initiative for 8 districts (Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Kings Canyon Unified School District, Lakeside Union School District, Oakland Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, Tracy Unified School District, and Vista Unified School District) and two charter management organizations (Aspire and High Tech High).

11.    How is the Initiative funded?

The SD Bechtel, Jr. Foundation awarded funds to WestEd for the participation of the 8 districts.  The Hastings/Quillin Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded funds to WestEd for the participation of the 2 charter management organizations.  WestEd will subcontract with the districts and the charter organizations for the work of the initiative.  All publicity regarding this Initiative should refer to WestEd as the grantor.

       12.    How long is the Initiative?

The Initiative is a four-year program, with teacher participants committing for 3 years.  

(Core Leadership Team in Year 1, Teacher participants/leaders participate in years 2,3,4  (i.e. 2015, 2016, 2017) 

13.    How is Achieve involved in the Initiative?

Achieve (who helped develop NGSS along with states) will work closely with the Initiative to share tools and processes they are developing for national implementation of the NGSS.  The initiative will serve as beta-testers for many of these tools. 

14.    Who is on the Core Leadership Team?

Each district and charter has the opportunity to have a Core Leadership Team that consists of 3 administrators (at least 2 principals, one elementary and one middle school) and 9 teachers representing primary, upper elementary and middle school

15.    What is the role of the Core Leadership Team?

This team will be the “backbone” for leading the implementation of the NGSS in the district or charter.  Over the course of the grant, the Core Leadership Team will build their:  1) leadership skills; 2) knowledge of the NGSS vision for teaching and learning; 3) assessment skills and knowledge and enhance their use of data related to NGSS implementation; 4) professional development design and implementation; 5) dissemination to others in their districts and with other districts wishing to implement the NGSS. 

Please direct further questions to:

Dave Tupper 





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