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.
Follow our Connecticut Teacher Argonaut in the Rainforests of Malaysia – October 16-27!
Carly Imhoff, a K-8 Science and Enrichment Coordinator and Teacher in Ashford Public Schools will adventure to the rainforest of Malaysia with “Canopy Meg”, (Margaret Lowman), Rainforest ecologist, and a small group of teachers and students. During their studies, they will participate in the first ever Bioblitz in Malaysia! Classrooms can follow the excitement and experiences everyday – live through JASON website and social media channels. Read more about here: http://www.jason.org/bioblitz.
Professional Development Opportunities
New NGSS Series for 2017-18!
Resources and Tools for an NGSS Classroom & Problems of Practice
Getting ready to or already designing your NGSS units of instruction?
Or just need a little more support in understanding and practicing the NGSS shifts?
We Can Help.
Our 2017-18 Workshop Series provides two-part PDs that help: educators build their capacity to understand and implement NGSS pedagogy; be introduced to resources, tools, and strategies that can be included in NGSS units of instruction; and offer an opportunity to share challenges, successes, and teaching tips with a network of peers. JASON’s award-winning educational resources are routed in real-world application & phenomena, and address three dimensional teaching and learning (www.jason.org/ngss). Each of the following professional development offerings is a two-day program. Participants should plan on attending both days per program. Participants may attend just one, multiple, or all of the offerings. You must register for each 2-part program separately.
• Administrators, curriculum directors, curriculum developers, science coaches, team leaders, and science teachers.
• Best Suited for Grades 6-12 (see individual listings and content areas on back)
Prerequisites: 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.
Program Cost = $50.00/person (for two-day program)
Engineering Design (with multi-disciplinary connections)
A Framework for K-12 Science Education challenges us to deeply integrate engineering design into all disciplines at every level. What do the NGSS really say when it comes to engineering and design and what are the “big ideas” students should be working on? The focus of this workshop is to build understanding and share strategies to integrate engineering design as presented in NGSS and in the Frameworks. Through hands-on experiences with JASON resources, participants will journey through the process of defining and delimiting engineering problems, how models can be used to develop and refine possible solutions, and using methods that may help to optimize a design. Though concrete examples are explored from the physical and earth sciences, the emphasis is on the tools and strategies to be applied with any content, and in any discipline. Participants will walk away with concrete tools and strategies to test out in the classroom. During part 2, participants will have opportunities to share experiences, challenges, recommended modifications, and ideas for further NGSS unit development.
Physical, Earth, & Life Sciences(with multi-disciplinary connections)
During our physical, earth, and life science focused workshops, participants will experience selected three-dimensional investigations and consider candidate activities, articles, videos, images, and digital simulations for inclusion in NGSS units of instruction. At the end of day 1, educators will take away actual lessons, ideas and strategies to use and pilot with students in the classroom. During day 2, educators will share their experiences using the resources, successes, challenges, and ideas for integrating them into larger NGSS units. Sessions will also include strategies for connecting lessons and resources to other science disciplines through PE bundles and using summary tables. Although selected investigations and resources from specific JASON curricula will be used to illustrate strategies and pedagogy, ideas and tools will be transferable to other science disciplines, and can be applied to other resources educators may be working with.
World of Waves (JASON’s Newest NGSS Curriculum designed in partnership with ONR)
Build a deep, working understanding of the physics of waves and their importance in our world. Explore how sound, light and other electromagnetic waves are involved in engaging real-world phenomena, like surfing in the ocean, animal communication, and mobile networks. Through immersive, hands-on learning experiences, expose your students to:
Foundational content knowledge and insights into expert applications of waves
Critical and design thinking skills
Data analysis and modeling practices
Experience with coding and engineering applications
Visit http://www.jason.org/world-of-waves for more information about this curriculum. Or better yet, sign in with your JASON account and view for yourself! World of Waves Date: March 2, 2018 Time: 8:30am-3:00pm Location: LEARN, Old Lyme, CT Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-waves-registration-39980014299
JASON Basics – One Hour Live Webinars for Connecticut 3:00 – 4:00p.m. Choose one:
Are you unsure of how to take full advantage of the free resources provided by JASON Learning? We understand the challenges of learning and implementing new lessons, especially when time is a limiting factor. Come join us for a one hour live webinar, customized for educators and administrators in Connecticut to walk-through the “basics” of the JASON site navigation, key teacher tools, and tips on how to find what you’re looking for to support instruction. This includes a 10-15 Q & A so educators can get the help they need to get started or continue using these resources.
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.
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.