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

 

Professional Development Opportunities

Connecticut 2018-19

 NGSS Series for 2018-19! More Topics, Dates, and Locations Coming!  Check Back Often.

Resources and Tools for an NGSS Classroom 

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 2018-19 Workshop Series provides one and two-day PD to 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).

Audience:

  • Administrators, curriculum directors, curriculum developers, science coaches, team leaders, and science teachers.
  • World of Waves Best Suited for Grades 4-12
  • Living Well Best Suited for Grades 6-12

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.

Workshop Listings

Two-Day Workshops

World of Waves – NEW Curriculum built in partnership with ONR!

Program Cost: FREE!  Sponsored Through Office of Naval Research

Build a deep, working understanding of the physics of waves and their importance in our world. Meet STEM role models ranging from Navy officers to robotics engineers & rock musicians that apply the physics of waves in their work. Visit https://jason.org/world-of-waves for more information.

Participants are eligible to receive a BOSEBuild Speaker Cube Kit of their own to pilot selected activities to explore

  • How sound works
  • How speakers work
  • Frequency and Waveforms

LEARN – Old Lyme, CT 8:30am-3:00pm

Part 1: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Part 2: Friday, March 1, 2019

EASTCONN – Hampton, CT 9:00am – 3:30pm

Part 1: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (1/23 snowdate)

Part 2: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

One-Day WorkshopsMORE TOPICS, DATES AND LOCATIONS COMING!

NEW Biology Curriculum!  Living Well

Program Cost: $40.00

Explore the wonders of human biology from the molecular building blocks of life, to cells, organs and organ systems, to the human body as an interconnected whole, and even the behavior of populations—through the prism of human health and disease. Visit https://jason.org/living-well for more information.

LEARN – Old Lyme, CT 8:30am-3:00pm

April 5, 2019

JASON Basics – One Hour Live Webinars for Connecticut 3:30 – 4:30p.m. Choose one:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7584758156615435523   

Monday, November 5, 2018
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6181042447759422467

Wednesday, November 14, 2018* JASON For Elementary

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/SKEJLw4xIlcIUcEU2

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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