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Affordable NGSS Professional Development Workshops

CSTA is proud to partner with Peter McLaren to provide a series of NGSS professional development at a low cost for our members.  It is easy to join CSTA, and this is one of the many benefits of joining. 

McLaren was a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  He has also served on a number of committees including the National Academy of Engineering’s Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education committee, and the National Academy of Science’s Committee for Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (NRC, 2014) and was a contributor to the NRC publication Seeing Students Learn Science (NRC, 2017) 

Space is limited to 100 participants. Don’t miss this opportunity to be trained by a writer of NGSS. 

All sessions will be held at the Academy of Science and Innovation, 600 Slater Road, New Britain 

Workshop 1: USING CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS TO MAKE SENSE OF PHENOMENA 

Presenter: Peter McLaren - Next Gen Education, LLC

The purpose of this workshop is to provide educators with meaningful insights into how to use the crosscutting concepts to structure prompts that engage students in reasoning how and why phenomena occur.  The intent is that using consistent and clear prompts structured around crosscutting concepts will structure the ways students and teachers interact within classrooms and set the stage for meaningful formative assessment events. Thursday, December 14 from 4:30PM-6:30PM   CSTA members only, $10.00

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Workshop 2: ASSESSING 3-D LEARNING:  USING FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TO INFORM STUDENT LEARNING IN A NGSS CLASSROOM    

Presenter: Peter McLaren - Next Gen Education, LLC

This full-day workshop is designed to provide educators with an understanding of formative assessment components and prompts that focus on individual practices, core ideas, or crosscutting concepts.  The goal of this workshop is to help educators understand how, collectively, these components can support educators as they make inferences about students’ three-dimensional science learning. Saturday, January 20 from 9:00AM-3:00PM  CSTA members only, $10.00  

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Workshop 3: ASSESSING 3-D LEARNING:  USING FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TO INFORM STUDENT LEARNING IN A NGSS CLASSROOM  

Richard Larson - MIT

Peter McLaren - Next Gen Education, LLC

 This half-day workshop will feature the successful MIT BLOSSOMS "Teaching Duet" instructional approach as a model for Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) of the instructional shifts of the NGSS.  TPL is designed to engage educators by immersing them in a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional lesson to support, prepare, reflect upon, and improve upon their instructional practice. Saturday, February 3 from 9:00AM-12:00PM CSTA members only, $10.00

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Workshop 4: THREE-DIMENSIONAL LESSONS:  ADAPTING A TRADITIONAL LESSON TO SUPPORT THREE-DIMENSIONAL TEACHING AND LEARNING   

Presenter: Peter McLaren - Next Gen Education, LLC

This full-day workshop will bring educators through a process where they will adapt a traditional lesson to support three-dimensional instruction.  Educators will bring along a lesson to which they are familiar and learn how to integrate science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.  Educators will use tools and templates designed to help facilitate the adaptation process. Saturday, May 5 from 9:00AM-3:00PM

CSTA Members only, $10.00


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