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LCAP Toolkit for STEM Advocates

CSLNet’s new report “Science Education and Local Control found that fewer than half of California’s school districts included references to STEM education or identified plans to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their 2014 Local Control Accountability Plans, or LCAP’s.

In an effort to strengthen science and STEM education through the state’s new local control finance and accountability processes, the California STEM Learning Network together with the Lawrence Hall of Science have assembled an LCAP toolkit to help stakeholders successfully advocate for these subjects in their local school district budget development process.

Read the LCAP Toolkit Introduction and download the tools below to find out more about what you can do to be an advocate for science and STEM education in your community.

This beta version of the toolkit contains seven components:

LCAP Primer for STEM Advocates – explains the LCAP development process and ways STEM advocates can provide input when working with district and community leaders.

Talking Points & FAQs – a tool to help guide STEM advocates in making the case for STEM education.

Guiding Questions for Community Leaders  – for use by advocates to help assess strengths and gaps in STEM and science education in their communities and identify priority needs for LCAP development.

Guiding Questions for Districts – for school district administrators to help in assessing the breadth and quality of science programming and NGSS readiness in the district.

Model LCAP Content– a tool offering science-focused LCAP goals, measurable outcomes and examples of actions/services to support effective NGSS implementation.

Model LCAP Content-Environmental Literacy – tool offering model content to expand use of environmental education to support science learning and student engagement.

Resources List – provides links to resources on science curriculum, instructional materials, professional learning supports and other information of use in implementing the NGSS.

We welcome your input and questions to improve and expand this toolkit. Please send your requests, comments and your own examples of strong LCAP planning for STEM to: