JASON Learning’s comprehensive professional development program is designed to increase teachers’ general expertise in implementing inquiry-based science curricula in the classroom and prepare them to use JASON with their students.
Download our flyer to view the variety of professional development programs available. We also offer NGSS specific training sessions. Click to learn more about JASON and NGSS.
In addition to custom teacher training workshops JASON conducts for schools and districts, JASON also hosts professional development workshops at locations throughout the country. These sessions are open to the public and led by JASON Lead Trainers. During these sessions teachers practice inquiry-based learning, technology integration, student motivation, differentiated instruction, blended learning techniques, and more. Participants work in groups to perform activities from the curriculum, explore web resources, and discuss best practices for implementation.
JASON also offers web-based “virtual” sessions hosted by our expert trainers. Learn more about JASON’s approach to science teaching and learning through live tutorials on topics including curricula content, standards alignments, JASON resources, and the JASON online platform. All sessions encourage real-time Q&A with our trainers to assist with your specific needs.
Feel free to contact us for more information on our teacher training program, or schedule a demo to learn more about our approach to science teaching and learning.
JASON Core Curriculum Training
JASON Trainers lead educators through curriculum or topic-specific modules that pull from JASON’s award-winning programs to enable educators to implement JASON in their classrooms. All curricula are built around real-world scientists engaged in real-world scientific problems or phenomenon. During the workshops, teachers participate in hands-on labs and activities, explore JASON’s digital resources, practice basic navigation of the online platform, and share best practices for implementation. Educators also develop skills and comfort level around inquiry and three-dimensional teaching and learning strategies; technology integration; differentiated instruction; blended learning techniques; and student assessments.
JASON also offers web-based “virtual” sessions hosted by our expert trainers. Learn more about JASON’s approach to science teaching and learning through live tutorials on topics including curricula content, standards alignments, JASON resources, and the JASON online platform. All sessions encourage real-time Q&A with our trainers to assist with your specific needs. Visit http://www.jason.org/teacher-training to see our schedule of upcoming webinars or to request a customized demo
JASON’s Core Curricula through an NGSS Lens (1 or 2 days: recommended for grades 5-9)
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, and discussion. 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.
Deconstructing Performance Expectations for an NGSS Classroom (1 or 2 days: all grade levels)
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 resources and investigations from JASON curricula participants will unpack a performance expectation to understand how this translates to classroom experience and lesson design. 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.
• Resources and Tools for an NGSS Classroom & Problems of Practice (2 days –spread apart by at least one month: Best for Grade 5-12)
During Day 1 of each program, participants will experience selected three-dimensional investigations and resources and explore key JASON-NGSS teacher tools to locate additional candidate resources for inclusion in NGSS units of instruction. 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 and challenges, and tips and strategies for integrating them into larger NGSS units with a network of peers. Sessions will also include strategies for connecting lessons and resources to other science disciplines through PE bundles and the use of 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 not only JASON materials but other resources educators may be working with. We offer this two-day experience in the following modules:
Life Science (Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Grades 6-8) (Grades 9-12 under development)
Earth Science (Earth Systems, Earth & Human Activity, Grades 6-12)
Engineering Design (with connections to earth, life, and physical sciences, Grades 6-12)
A Framework for K-12 Science Education challenges us to deeply integrate engineering design into all disciplines at every level. Engineering and technology are featured alongside the disciplines to “reflect the importance of understanding the human-built world and to recognize the value of better integrating the teaching and learning of science, engineering, and technology” (p.2). 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 methods that may be used to optimize a design.