The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Towson University Center for STEM Excellence

NGSS in Your Classroom: Engaging your students in the Scientific and Engineering Practices

What Scientists Do and Engineers Do, Students Do Too
Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence is excited to announce a summer/fall professional development opportunity, NGSS in Your Classroom: Engaging your students in the Scientific and Engineering Practices, open to all Maryland middle and high school science teachers.

NGSS in Your Classroom is a free, 5-day professional development program that will introduce middle and high school science teachers to Maryland’s new vision for science teaching and learning as outlined in The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Educators will explore the Framework and NGSS in a collaborative, hands-on, learner-centered environment, thereby gaining the knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary to begin adapting their current curriculum to the new NGSS. Participants will complete a Course Project, which consists of modifying a current to lesson to align with NGSS with an emphasis on meaningfully engaging students in the Scientific and Engineering Practices as described in the Framework.Participants will reflect on their course project and share their findings with their colleagues.

Teachers who participate in the NGSS in Your Classroom workshop will come away with:

  • An increased understanding of the new vision for science education as outlined in The Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • A strong understanding of the NGSS with a focus on the Scientific and Engineering Practices.
  • Increased understanding of how inquiry-based instruction supports NGSS.
  • An understanding of how nature of science instruction fits within NGSS.
  • A modified classroom lesson that includes a focus on the Science and Engineering Practices and nature of science instruction.
  • Ideas and feedback from colleagues for implementing NGSS in the classroom.

The 5-day workshop consists of a 4-day summer program (July 7th-10th), with a one-day follow up meeting in the Fall (Saturday, October 25th). Course schedule:

  • Monday, July 7, 2014: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

All meetings will take place in downtown Baltimore at Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence (www.towson.edu/cse, 701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 21202). Please note that this event is NOT on Towson’s main campus.

Pending approval from MSDE, participants who successfully complete the course, including full attendance and participation on all days and completion of course project, will be eligible to receive CPD credits. We have received permission to grant 2 AU credits to Baltimore City teachers who successfully complete the program. We anticipate notification of the status of CPD credits in the coming weeks.

Applications can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NGSS2014 and completed applications will be considered on a first-come, first served basis. For your application to be complete, you will need to ask your principal to submit a "letter of support" found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NGSS14_Principal.

Please email Dr. Mary Stapleton at (mkstapleton@towson.edu) with questions.

 

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