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NextGenScience at WestEd

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Who we are

NextGenScience at WestEd provides services to improve the design of quality, coherent K–12 programs that align science standards, instructional materials, professional learning, and assessments to support meaningful science experiences for all students. NextGenScience supports school system leaders to lead their selection of high-quality materials and to plan for successful materials implementation. This includes NextGen TIME, a suite of professional learning tools and processes for collaborative, evidence-based evaluation of science materials.

Our team

11–20 facilitators/coaches

11-25% are non-white

Where we work

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Types of districts that we have experience working with

  • Traditional District
  • Charter
  • Private
  • Parochial
  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Fewer than 2,500 students
  • 2,500 to 10,000 students
  • 10,000 to 50,000 students
  • 50,000 to 100,000 students
  • More than 100,000 students
  • Greater than 60% of economically disadvantaged students
  • Greater than 20% of English language learners
  • Greater than 20% of students with disability
  • Greater than 80% students of color

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This partner's approach and services

How we provide curriculum-aligned PL


NextGenScience workshops reflect adult learning strategies, including defining clear goals, eliciting prior knowledge, emphasizing coherence from the participants’ perspective, providing time for collaboration, dialogue, and reflection, and including a variety of modes through which learners can process information.


Relationship building is key to a successful coaching partnership. NextGenScience prioritizes consistent feedback, a climate of continuous growth, and providing relevant and trustworthy resources to help clients reach their goals.


Collaborative structures include building a shared vision for science teaching and learning, intentionally providing opportunities and support for collaborating across levels (state, district, school, classroom) for increased coherence, defining a clear theory of action for the work, engaging in evidence-based planning, and providing continuous feedback and evaluations to measure success.


The NextGenScience team regularly provides consultation and feedback as requested by current and future clients, connecting leaders to the research, evidence, and best practices in the field that can help them strengthen their education systems.

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