Through the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, we are pleased to offer our hands-on, technology-driven in-school and out-of-school programs to Connecticut public school teachers and students.
JASON Learning Professional Development Opportunities
Intended audience: Administrators, curriculum directors, science coaches, team leaders, and science teachers. See descriptions below for additional recommendations.
Although not required, we highly recommend that educators participate in the Next-Gen Science CT Short Course (visit ngss.ccat.us for details) prior to attending a JASON workshop. Other prior PD focused on NGSS, and familiarity with the EQuIP rubric is also helpful. Participants are also encouraged to attend as a team of 2 or more from the same school or district.
Experience Tectonic Fury, JASON’s earth science curriculum, as we explore the slow and fast processes that have shaped the earth. We will examine both the CT Science Frameworks and NGSS and share newly developed tools and strategies for identifying central phenomena and incorporating 3-dimensional elements. This session is especially helpful for teachers already using Tectonic Fury or other JASON modules in their classrooms who need support as to how to use these resources and lessons to support the transition to NGSS.
Don’t throw those lessons out with the bathwater! “Tried and true” lessons that have created meaningful experiences for your students for years do not need to be discarded with the advent of new standards. Join us as we share how JASON Learning is redesigning labs to support the transition to an NGSS classroom. Educators will experience two versions of a JASON lab, one created pre-NGSS, and the other a newly designed NGSS version. We will examine specific modifications and the strategies and tools used to make the adaptations through hands-on experience, discussion, and the use of the EQuIP rubric. Toward the end of the session, educators are invited to examine a “tried and true” lesson of their own and apply these new strategies and tools to make future modifications. Come prepared to share ideas and engage in this deconstruct and redesign discourse.
Participants will explore the Next Generation Science Standards in more depth and participate in discussions and analyses of how educators can begin to implement 3-dimensional learning. Participants will be introduced to new lesson planning tools and strategies to begin embracing NGSS pedagogy whether it’s with existing lessons or with new materials and resources. Using activities from JASON’s Climate: Seas of Change, participants will unpack a performance expectation (MS- ESS2-6), specifically looking at how climate is created, climate modifiers, and the relationship between wind patterns and ocean circulation. While using JASON resources to explore what 3-dimensional learning looks like, this experience is intended to empower educators to apply and adapt these tools and strategies to meet the needs of their school’s curricula and classroom settings.
We are pleased to be able to offer an array of programs and opportunities for Connecticut students and educators that utilize the collective resources of our divisions.
JASON Learning provides multimedia curricular experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students and corresponding professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal educational environments. JASON’s effective standards-based curricula have won more than a dozen national awards for inspiring and motivating students in STEM. The flexible instructional materials are easy-to-use and empowering for science teachers and youth service providers alike. Each comprehensive JASON program includes reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, as well as lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators. Live, interactive events throughout the year connect JASON participants with inspirational STEM career role models. JASON’s in-school curricula cover core content areas and can be used as replacements for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials. JASON’s after-school offerings, which include the popular Immersion Learning program, bring the thrill of scientific discovery to students in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, 21st Century Learning Centers, and other out-of-school settings.
JASON enjoys premier partnerships with public and private organizations that include NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society, U.S. Department of Energy, Smithsonian Institution, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Battelle, and Chevron. JASON reaches over two million students a year, and general audiences of over six million through content distributed by its affiliate and partnership associations. Its programs are used in every State in the U.S., and internationally in over 150 countries.