JASON Learning for Connecticut:

Comprehensive STEM Programming

for Connecticut Students

Free Online Access for Connecticut

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 is making great strides toward NGSS alignment and support! Learn more about NGSS and JASON.

JASON Learning will provide the following opportunities to students and educators in CT public schools through the 2017-18 academic school year:

1. JASON in-school

Curricular themes include: Climate, Weather, Geosphere, Ecology, Forces and Motion, and Energy

  • Professional development workshops in JASON curricula that include a teacher pack (student edition, teacher edition, and DVD)
  • Free Online access to all JASON curricular resources housed in the Mission Center. CT public school educators can click the button below and obtain access for themselves and their students:

2. JASON’s Immersion Learning out-of-school

Best for in-school elementary levels, after-school programs, summer camps, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and other out-of-school venues.

  • Professional development workshops in JASON’s Immersion curricula that include print manual, CD and DVD
  • Multimedia resources housed on the Immersion website at immersionlearning.org


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

Connecticut 2017-18

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)

Workshop Listings

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.

Engineering Design (Grades 6-12)
Dates: Part 1  Friday, December 8, 2017;  Part 2  Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: David Wooster Middle School, 150 Lincoln Street Stratford, CT 06614
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-engineering-design-registration-39460756184

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.

Physical Science (Energy, Motion & Stability/Forces & Interactions, and Waves, Grades 6-12)
Dates: Part 1 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (December 15 snow date); Part 2 Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (March 19 snow date)
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Eastconn, Conference Center, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-energy-motion-stability-forces-interactions-waves-registration-39290381589

Life Science (Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Grades 6-8) 
Option A: Dates: Part 1 Saturday, January 20, 2018; Part 2 Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Part 1 – Windham Public Schools; Part 2 East Hartford Public Schools
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-life-science-ecosystems-interactions-energy-dynamics-registration-39733912201

Option B: Dates: Part 1 Friday, February 16, 2018; Part 2 Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Vernon Central Middle School, 777 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT

Earth Science (Earth Systems, Earth & Human Activity, Grades 6-12)
Dates: Part 1 Tuesday, March 20, 2018; Part 2 Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: LEARN, 44 Hatchetts Hill Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-earth-science-earth-systems-earth-human-activity-registration-39742155858

FREE Professional Development Workshop!

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:

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2814883193661847553

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1967523666995406593

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3710674008508705025

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.

Past workshops:

Redesigning Towards an NGSS Classroom
All grade levels
Monday, December 5, 2016  8:30am – 3:00pm
at LEARN, Old Lyme, CT  [ Register ]

Thursday, December 15, 2016  9:00am – 3:30pm
at EastConn, Windham, CT  [ Register ]

Thursday, February 22, 2017  8:30am – 3:00pm
at Southington Public Schools  [ Register ]

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.

Deconstructing Performance Expectations for an NGSS Classroom
All grade levels
Thursday, March 2, 2017  8:30am – 3:00pm at LEARN, Old Lyme, CT  [ Register ]
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  9:00am – 3:30pm at EastConn, Windham, CT  [ Register ]

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.

JASON’s Earth Science through an NGSS Lens
Recommended for grades 5-9
Tuesday, November 8, 2016  8:30am – 3:00pm [ Register ]
East Hartford Middle School

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.

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