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NC 500-800: Taking Next Generation Science Standards to your Classroom

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Bozeman School District - Willson Building
Aug 14-Aug 18, 2017
Credit: 0 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $50.00
Instructor(s): Gerry Wheeler

Course Description

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a very comprehensive document, created by literally thousands of educators and scientists. But standards are not curriculum: They don’t guide science teachers on how to implement those standards in their classrooms. When schools adopt the NGSS, the work is just beginning. And, that work falls on the shoulders of curriculum developers and classroom teachers.

This face-to-face workshop for K-8 in-service teachers focuses on the fundamental challenge of building specific classroom activities that align to NGSS. Participants will use grade-specific units that group appropriate Performance Expectations (from the NGSS standards pages) to help them develop classroom activities for their particular classroom.

Participants will first learn how to “read” NGSS standards for their grade level and how to use the 5Es curriculum model to build their individual classroom experiences. The second part of the workshop will be hands-on building of science classroom activities. Teachers will be able to work individually or with small groups of teachers from the same grade level.

Meeting Place and Times

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM daily, Monday thru Friday, Aug. 14-18, 2017

Willson Building, 404 W Main St, Bozeman, MT
library, room 217A

Instructor(s)

Gerry Wheeler, PhD. Gerry Wheeler is emeritus professor of physics, Montana State University, and emeritus executive director, National Science Teachers Association. He has served on advisory boards for Discovery Communications’ Science Channel and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) as well as many other science and engineering-related organizations. He has also served as a consultant for nationally broadcast children’s STEM programming, including 3-2-1 Contact and Walt Disney Educational Media Productions. He lives in Bozeman, Montana and is president of the 501(c)3 non-profit, Quality STEM Education.

Target Audience

K-8 in-service teachers

Time Commitment:

32-37 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

$50.00

This five day workshop is being sponsored by Montana State University's National Teachers Enhancement Network.

Required Books/Materials

  • Materials will be provided at the workshop by the instructor.

For More Information

Regarding registration, please contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800) 282-6062 or (406) 994-6812, or by email at kboyce@montana.edu.

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