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Building Support for CA-NGSS: Tools to Communicate

Effectively communicating the intention and impact of NGSS to a wide range of stakeholders is key to successful implementation.  It can help build support, cultivate resources, and inspire engaging pedagogy in myriad classrooms.  But how do you do it?  We will explore proven tools to enhance your ability and agility when communicating about NGSS and look at different opportunities to step up a science education champion.


Jessica Howard

Now serving as Program Director, Jessica joined the CDE Foundation as an Education Pioneers fellow in June 2014. In this capacity, she helps the organization’s STEAM initiatives, such as the annual California STEAM Symposium and the California Alliance for Next Generation Science Standards (CA4NGSS) coalition. Her work has increased the quality and accessibility of STEAM professional learning opportunities for educators, helped build and communicate support for more equitable standards implementation, and brought private and public funders together to better resource California’s teachers, students, and schools.

Prior to joining the CDE Foundation, Jessica worked in higher education as an undergraduate admissions officer at the University of Southern California and as a Congressional district staff member. She holds a M.S.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Art History from Williams College. Based in Los Angeles, Jessica also volunteers with several non-profits in the Southern California region to support equity in expanded student services, arts and STEM education, and college access. Teachers are her heroes.