Science is the study of phenomena.
And good science teaching ignites students’ natural curiosity about the world around them and motivates them to explore and understand these phenomena. The Next Generation Science Standards provide a framework for teachers to immerse their students in the study of phenomena and spark student innovation.
This three-day workshop provides teachers with the opportunity to explore the tenants of the Next Gen framework, including cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas. Participants will examine how these principles intersect with quality teaching practices, student engagement and formative assessment to transform the way students learn about science and phenomena.
- Examine the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards as connected to content, student mindset and instructional strategies
- Explore the structure of the standards and how they provide a framework for teachers to ignite curiosity and innovation in their students
- Discover how model-building serves as a formative assessment tool providing information on student understanding and misconceptions
- Engage in hands-on activities that can be transferred back into the classroom, making science come alive for your students
Teachers will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards framework, sample models to use in their classrooms, and hands-on activities that motivate students to explore science phenomena.
Phenomena: Teaching Science
in the Next Gen Framework
June 23-25, 2015
9:00am – 3:00pm
Institute for Excellence in Education
711 West Pickard Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Lunch will be provided.
Rebecca Hicks is an Instructional Coach for The Institute for Excellence in Education. With over 11 years of success in urban classrooms, Rebecca now provides ongoing coaching and professional development support to educators serving urban and inner-city environments. She is a member of the Michigan Science Teachers Association and the National Council for Teachers of English, and served as the Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Council for Teachers of English. Rebecca earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University.
Theresa Palmer brings over 10 years of classroom experience to her role as an Academic Coach at the Institute for Excellence in Education. A passionate advocate for ensuring educators are meeting the needs of all children, Theresa supports educators in schools throughout Michigan by facilitating professional development workshops and providing job-embedded coaching in the areas of student engagement, instructional strategies, and using formative assessment data to differentiate instruction. Theresa earned a Master’s degree in Middle Level Education from Central Michigan University.
SCECHs (formerly SB-CEUs)
Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours are available for an additional fee.
Saginaw Valley State University graduate credit hours are available for an additional fee.
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Transfer: Registrations are transferrable, but not refundable. Substitutions for persons attending can be made up to one day in advance of the event without charge.
Cancellation by Participant: No refunds will be given, but a voucher for attendance at another Institute for Excellence in Education event will be offered and will be valid for one full year.
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