In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops
The Next Generation Science Standards state the need to significantly change how we approach science education. Simply reading the NGSS or knowing its structure does not lead to NGSS expertise in implementation. This workshop includes specific instructional strategies that are needed to understand and implement the Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS.
This workshop presents the Next Generation Science Standards Cross Cutting Concepts. The Cross-Cutting Concepts are the lenses through which phenomena can be studied from different perspectives. While they are the hardest dimensions to implement, they are also incredibly powerful. During this workshop, participants will conduct and receive numerous activities that can be applied directly in the classroom to hone their student's understanding of the Cross-Cutting Concepts.
Using the NSTA’s “Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It” series, participants will review the major concepts, skills, and instructional approaches to improve science instruction in middle school. Topics include Light, Forces and Motion, Energy, Sound, Air, Water and Weather, ChemistryBasics, and More Chemistry Basics.
This hands-on workshop highlights the key differences between the NJASK science assessment and the next generation science assessment. Participants will review the Standards being tested, explore the construct of the online test environment, and review the test blueprints, including the key DCIs and SEPs. Tools and strategies for success will be reviewed in depth, as participants look at sample lessons and view video clips of exemplar practices. Finally, this interactive experience will conclude with having participants create lessons that can be readily applied in their own classrooms immediately.
The publication of the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) in Spring 2013 has introduced a new and challenging framework for the development of science curriculum and instruction. In this workshop, the process of constructivist science instruction outlined in the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) is expanded to incorporate the three-dimensional framework introduced in these Standards. At the conclusion of this workshop, instructors will know how to design lessons that employ the 5E model and theNGSS.
This workshop offers a comprehensive look at the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will examine the construct of the new Standards as designed for different grade levels. This interactive workshop explores the progression of key concepts and skills as students move through different grade levels. Finally, participants will consider the impact the new Standards will have on instruction and assessment. Participants in the full-day workshop consider the NGSS appendices and how they inform instruction.