Science Trainings Available:
This one-day workshop helps K-12 teachers understand the pedagogical shifts required to meet the vision of the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will learn protocols that will increase student participation, reasoning based on evidence, and the development of explanatory models. Teachers will recognize how to transform their classroom to a place where students move from learning about scientific concepts to one of figuring out phenomena.
NGSS for Administrators:
This one-day workshop is intended to support K-12 administrators understand the shifts required to meet the vision of the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards. Administrators will explore three-dimensional learning and discover how to recognize and evaluate quality NGSS instruction. Finally, they will apply that understanding to district evaluation tools.
This one-day workshop is intended to help K-12 teachers learn how to integrate meaningful student discourse into their instruction. Expectations within the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards place heavy emphasis on evidence and student reasoning, which requires productive classroom talk and position-driven discussions. Participants will learn research-validated strategies to improve the quality of classroom discussion and improved student learning.
Engineering Practices are an integral part of the Next Generation Science Standards. In this one-day workshop teachers will learn how to integrate engaging STEM challenges that incorporate the engineering design process, redesign opportunities, and reverse engineering. Participants will leave with numerous resources to add to their existing science units and programs.
Formative Assessment in Science Classrooms:
In this one-day workshop, teachers will explore different formative assessment methods from two perspectives, wearing the adult learner hat as well as their teacher hat. They will learn how to integrate assessment probes and models that will help inform their instruction and support student learning. Additionally, participants will explore how to adapt current assessments to make them more three dimensional.
Developing and Using Models is one of the science and engineering practices within the Next Generation Standards. This workshop will help K-12 teachers understand how to introduce modeling to their students, as well as learn how to support their students in the practices of Argument from Evidence and Constructing Explanations.
Connections with Cross-cutting Concepts:
This one-day workshop will clarify for K-12 teachers how to use the Cross-cutting Concepts as an organizational lens to interact with science concepts. Participants will conduct investigations based upon the 7 concepts and recognize how they are addressed in each of the science domains.
Curious Crew in the Classroom:
As the creator and host of WKAR’s PBS children’s program Curious Crew, Dr. Stephenson demonstrates for K-12 teachers how to use the program to supplement their science instruction. Teachers will leave with numerous phenomena, STEM challenges, and investigations to embellish their science teaching.