JASON Learning for Connecticut:

Comprehensive STEM Programming

for Connecticut Students

Free Online Access for Connecticut through 2019-2020 through the CT Department of Economic and Community Development

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.

Building your NGSS units of instruction? JASON resources can help. JASON Learning Resources Can Help Supplement or Build Your NGSS Units of Instruction: Hands-on labs, digital simulations, games, articles, videos, interdisciplinary connections, and more -built around real-world phenomena and scientists. Learn more about NGSS and JASON.

Visit our curriculum page to learn more about what resources are available: https://jason.org/overview-2.

CT public school educators can click the button below and obtain access for themselves and their students:

Professional Learning Opportunities

Connecticut 2019-20

 NGSS Series for 2019-20! 

Resources and Tools for Three-Dimensional Teaching & Learning

JASON for Elementary (Grades 3-5) – New offering! ($25.00)

October 22, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-jason-for-elementary-registration-60722464526

December 5, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm

LEARN, Old Lyme, CT

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-jason-for-elementary-december-5-2019-registration-73894150393

February 26, 2019 9:00am – 3:30pm  (snowdate March 3, 2020)

Eastconn, Hampton, CT

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-jason-for-elementary-february-26-2020-registration-73895596719

Scientific literacy is important too! For the first time, we are now offering a professional learning experience strictly for elementary educators. This workshop will specifically address strategies and resources for integrating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into the school-day while connecting to reading, writing, and math literacy. We will discuss and address the challenges that face elementary teachers when it comes to including time for science instruction, and offer concrete resources and methods that can be easily incorporated into already existing routines.  Participants will further their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in three dimensions. Although strategies can be applied across all areas of science, most of the featured lessons will be drawn from our Immersion Learning Series, a collection of 8 adventure modules that take students around the world from Monterey Bay’s National Marine Sanctuary to the polar extremes of the Arctic and Antarctica, and our Recycling Activities Collection where students explore the benefits and challenges of sustainable recycling while becoming informed citizens and careful consumers. Lessons cover the life, earth, and physical sciences and engineering design. This session will include time for participants to identify resources specifically applicable to them in their settings and network with a community of peers to applied strategies explored throughout the day.

World of Waves! (Grades 4 & 6-8) ($35.00)

New Curriculum by JASON Learning and the Office of Naval Research

Watch our promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4uq8T7y5Is

November 19, 2019 8:30am-3:30pm

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-waves-grades-46-8-registration-75499536145 

Come join us as we build a deep, working understanding of the physics of waves and their importance in our world. This newly released curriculum explores how sound, light and other electromagnetic waves are involved in engaging real-world phenomena, like surfing in the ocean, animal communication, and mobile networks. Meet STEM role models ranging from Navy officers to robotics engineers & rock musicians that apply the physics of waves in their work. JASON’s newest curriculum, World of Waves, can be used to support grades 4, middle school and high school next generation science standards.

This workshop will be geared particularly for grades 4 & 6-8, working towards the following:

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • PS4A Wave Properties
  • PS4B Electromagnetic Radiation

Science & Engineering Practices:

  • Developing & Using Models
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Structure and Function
  • Cause and Effect

Participants will receive a BOSEBuild headphone kit to try out with their students!

Climate (Grades 6-8) ($35.00)

November 12, 2019 9:00am-3:30pm

Eastconn, Hampton, CT

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-climate-grades-6-8-registration-73897622779

Spring TBD – 2020

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT –  More details to follow. Check back for registration information soon.

Did you know? According to a recent issue of NSTA Express, “NSTA supports the teaching of climate science and recently issued a position statement calling for greater support for science educators in teaching climate science and climate change.” Come join us as we develop a systems model of climate and explore the interactions between humans and earth systems. Meet STEM role models ranging from NOAA climatologists to ocean explorers that are working to understand, monitor, and predict earth’s climate. This workshop will be geared particularly for middle school with a focus on the following:

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • ESS2C The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS2D Weather and Climate
  • ESS3A Natural Resources
  • ESS3C Human Impacts of Earth Systems
  • ESS3D Global Climate Change
  • ETS1A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
  • Developing Possible Solutions

Science & Engineering Practices

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Developing & Using Models
  • Planning & Carrying Out Investigations
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  • Systems & System Models
  • Stability & Change

Past workshops:

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.

Workshop Listings

Announcing our May Series!! Click here for our full flyer with added details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13v1rYepshX8Ci0eR-NXwG-rD2-wEWlbm/view?usp=sharing 

World of Waves (Grades 4, 6-8)

FREE! Underwritten by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Thomas Edison Middle School, Meriden

May 24, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-waves-grades-46-8-registration-60427291656

Come join us as we 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. JASON’s newest curriculum, World of Waves, can be used to support grades 4, middle school and high school next generation science standards. Click on the link above for the detailed flyer with specific DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs highlighted.

* BONUS – Participants will be invited to receive a BOSEBuild Speaker Cube Kit and/or a BOSEBuild Headphone kit of their own to pilot selected activities with students to explore:

Climate  (Grades 6-8)

$25.00

Thomas Edison Middle School, Meriden

May 24, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-grades-6-8-registration-60430772066

Did you know? According to a recent issue of NSTA Express, “NSTA supports the teaching of climate science and recently issued a position statement calling for greater support for science educators in teaching climate science and climate change.” Come join us as we develop a systems model of climate and explore the interactions between humans and earth systems. Meet STEM role models ranging from NOAA climatologists to ocean explorers that are working to understand, monitor, and predict earth’s climate. Click on the link above for the detailed flyer with specific DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs highlighted.

JASON for Elementary (Grades 3-5) – New offering!

$25.00

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT

May 21, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-and-tools-for-an-ngss-classroom-jason-for-elementary-registration-60722464526

Scientific literacy is important too! For the first time, we are now offering a professional learning experience strictly for elementary educators. This workshop will specifically address strategies and resources for integrating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into the school-day while connecting to reading, writing, and math literacy. We will discuss and address the challenges that face elementary teachers when it comes to including time for science instruction, and offer concrete resources and methods that can be easily incorporated into already existing routines.  Participants will further their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in three dimensions. Although strategies can be applied across all areas of science, featured lessons will be drawn from the following collections:

  • Recycling Activities Collection                                    
  • Immersion Learning Series

This session will include time for participants to identify resources specifically applicable to them in their settings and network with a community of peers to applied strategies explored through the day.

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.

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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