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ScienceUpdate
November 15, 2017












Call for Presenters:

Annual RI Science Conference- April 7th at NEIT


Do you have a great lesson or method that incorporates three-dimensional learning and assessment?


Are you using effective simulations and online models in your NGSS lessons/activities that informs instruction and assessment?


Please consider presenting your ideas and strategies to colleagues at the Annual Conference on April 7th!!  Proposals for workshops are currently being accepted by RISTA by accessing the RFP form Proposals need to be submitted by January 20th .  Sessions for workshops are one hour and can be formatted as hands-on, lecture, group discussion, etc.  Feel free to mention this opportunity to colleagues who may be interested, non-members are welcome to submit a proposal.  

Hope to see you at NEIT on April 7th!!


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If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organization that is listed. Send any items that you consider relevant to other science educators to ristanewsletter@gmail.com

Professional Resources

From Achieve's NGSS Network Bulletin:

Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Indicators
 
This document provides some key common indicators of successful NGSS implementation at the district level, as well as some examples of concrete actions that a district can take to achieve their implementation goals. While the path to implementation may take several forms, this document points to some common indicators or metrics of successful implementation that a district can use to monitor their progress toward implementation goals.

Web Seminar: How do I Select Phenomena to Motivate Student Sense Making?  On March 15, Tricia Shelton and Ted Willard recorded a presentation about three-dimensional teaching and learning and the explanation of phenomena, how to choose phenomena for the classroom, and how to encourage students to actually make sense of them. View a recording of the seminar here

Report: Scaling Up Three-Dimensional Science Learning Through Teacher-Led Study Groups Across a State

A recently released Journal of Teacher Education report by Brian Reiser et al. describes a strategy for scaling three-dimensional science professional learning across a state, including teacher study groups, analyzing student learning, and exploring classroom interactions. The report includes best practices for design and content for teacher and facilitator learning, with particular attention to bringing high-quality and effective professional learning to scale for an entire state.

Video: NGSS and Language Development in the Classroom

A district in Oregon, Beaverton School District, created a video to illustrate how NGSS supports language development. The video shows 4th grade students from Beaver Acres Elementary exploring a local phenomenon and using evidence to share their thinking and reasoning. The video illustrates the role language plays in science and how the NGSS practices in particular can help improve language skills. See more information about the class and lesson shown in the video here To read more about teaching science and language with English Learners, see this article by NGSS writer Okhee Lee

Three New STEM Teaching Tools Policy Briefs

Three new Policy Briefs were released in March addressing different science classroom challenges. These policy briefs go over things to consider, attending to equity, and concrete recommended actions you can take to address each issue at hand.
  • How to define meaningful daily learning objectives for science investigations 
     - This Brief was released to help teachers identify a learning target or objective to post on the wall (a common requirement for educators) that doesn't "give away" what students should be figuring out themselves throughout a lesson. The brief was written by Bill Penuel, Michael Novak, Tara McGil, Katie Van Horne and Brian Reiser.

Other NGSS Resources for Teachers

Articles:

Videos:

Professional Opportunities

Environment Council of Rhode Island  Education Fund

Greg Gerritt   401-621-8048    environmentcouncil@earthlink.net

The Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) Education Fund is pleased to announce that we are opening the application process for the Tenth Annual Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education awards.

Each year ECRI’s Education Fund gives out small grants to Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs for hands on environmental projects by students that benefit the local environment.  Schools and after-school programs can request an application from the ECRI’s Education Fund, or download one here

https://www.environmentcouncilri.org/news/applications-2018-tisdale-awards-now-available 

We are pleased to offer 3 grants of up to $250 in support of school-based projects that:

1.  Have student participation 
2.  Lead to measurable improvement in an environmental condition 
3.  Involve the community beyond a school in some way

All Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs are encouraged to apply.  We can be contacted either by email here or by phone at 621-8048.

 Independent environmental professionals will review all applications and three schools or school-based after-school programs will receive $250 to carry out their projects. Over the last 10 years, schools all over Rhode Island have been awarded these grants for water quality, school garden, recycling, composting, and alternative energy projects. 

The application deadline is November 21, 2017 and awards will be made in January 2018 for projects to be undertaken in the spring of 2018.  Application and further information is available here https://www.environmentcouncilri.org/news/applications-2018-tisdale-awards-now-available 

Applicants should be aware ECRI will do some publicity around the winning projects and encourages winners to publicize their projects as well.

Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) PD

The Times Institute is offering this NGSX experience at locations across the state. See the announcement below: 

Pathway 1 Flyer.docx

For further information please contact:  Erin Conley, econley@times2.org   Cell: 401-602-4918  To register:https://times2institute.typeform.com/to/qyPrxv or www.times2institute.org



Project 2061’s Language Factors and Student Performance Study

AAAS Project 2061 is working with WestEd to help all students be more successful on standardized tests in science. In particular, we are working to improve tests so that they are more effective for students whose primary language is other than English. Our project looks at how language is used in the test items themselves, such as whether certain words or phrases make the test sentences harder to understand when a student is learning English. We are recruiting 9th grade scienceteachers with significant numbers of Spanish-speaking students. Teachers must be willing to administer a 30-item multiple-choice test to their students.

In order to participate:


You must be a science teacher in the United States.
Your students must be in the 9th grade.
Your classes should consist of between 1/3 to 2/3 native Spanish speakers.
You must reserve enough computers with a reliable internet connection for all students in your classes on the day of testing (1 per student).
 

Registration deadline is November 20, 2017. Please go to https://www.research.net/r/p2061 for information and to register.

Project Dragonfly, Miami University 

Our international Miami University grad courses, for which most tuition is waived. These courses offer firsthand experiences at critical field sites in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The due date to apply is January 28 at http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Now accepting applications for 2018


OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2017) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Student Opportunities


November 18 at Mystic Aquarium:Animal Health and Vet Care Conference

On Saturday, 11/18/17, Mystic Aquarium will be hosting an Animal Health and Vet Care Conference. Through a full day of workshops, future veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal care staff will have an opportunity to work directly alongside Mystic Aquarium's Animal Care and Veterinary team as you go behind the scenes to explore these fascinating careers. In addition to the interactive workshops, a networking lunch with Aquarium staff is included with registration. Participants must be at least a current junior or senior in high school to register. Please click here for details and to register.

December 9 at Mystic Aquarium: Marine Career Fair for High School Students

On Saturday, 12/9/17 from 10:00am-3:00pm, Mystic Aquarium will be hosting the fourth annual Marine Career Fair for High School Students. Student participants will have the opportunity to explore the aquarium, meet with aquarium staff, participate in a panel discussion with interns, and meet local organizations that have programs geared for high school students. Thanks to generous funding, we are able to offer FREE admission for all REGISTERED high school students AND ONE GUEST. Please click herefor details and to register. 

December 16 at Mystic Aquarium: Animal Training and Husbandry Conference

On Saturday, 12/16/17, Mystic Aquarium will be holding the Animal Training and Husbandry Conference.  This program is specially designed for individuals interested in a career in animal training.  In addition to African penguin and California sea lion training sessions and behind the scenes tours, participants will have the choice to work alongside beluga whale, Steller sea lion or our Fish, Invertebrate, and Reptile staff. A networking lunch with members of the animal care team is included with registration.Participants must be at least a current junior or senior in high school to register. Please click here for details and to register.

MIT Science on Saturday Events 


All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all K-12 students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $8 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flyer or our web page: http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/science-saturday 

Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

  • December 2, 2017 Nuclear Science and Engineering 
  • February 3, 2018 Materials with Magical Properties 
  • March 10, 2018 Rockets and Flight 
  • April 7, 2018 Optics 
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Outreach Day 

Date: Friday, December 14, 9AM – 1PM 
Eligibility: Open to one teacher and two students from any high school in Massachusetts. 
Attendees receive a basic understanding of what plasmas are, how they behave, and their role in harnessing fusion energy. In addition, participants may explore technologies such as large magnets and sources of intense microwave and millimeter wave power, which are key to fusion's successful development. Students will have the opportunity to actually observe and create plasmas in a glow discharge tube, perform hands-on demonstrations with electromagnetism, and see MIT's tokamak, Alcator C-MOD. 

The program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am with presentations and tours, followed by lunch and a magnet demonstration. While refreshments will be in the morning and sodas at lunchtime, it will be necessary for each participant to bring a lunch. 

As the number of participants will be limited, please respond early. Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis. Please submit the electronic form found at http://www.psfc.mit.edu/outreach/outreach-day-registration by Wednesday, November 22. 

If you have questions, please email Paul Rivenberg at rivenberg@psfc.mit.edu. For those interested, a tour of MIT will also be available beginning at 3:00 pm.  


World of 7 Billion Video Contest 

www.Worldof7Billion.org 
Challenge: Create a short video about human population growth that highlights one other global challenge. 
Impact & Solution: All videos must include: 
  • how population growth impacts the issue 
  • at least one idea for a sustainable solution 
Global Challenges: 
  • Feeding 10 Billion (hunger, food waste, resource and energy use, deforestation, pollution) 
  • Preventing pollution (impacts on air, water, and land, climate change, human and wildlife health, ecosystem destruction) 
  • Advancing Women and Girls (access to education, gender equality, women in government, women's health, child marriage) 
All students grades 6-12 worldwide are eligible to participate and win. 
Deadline: February 22, 2018  


Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition 
Center for Science Teaching & Learning is a nonprofit organization that runs the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition. This Competition is open to all high school students aged 15-18, who wish to take on the challenge set forth by the competition committee. 2018 will be the seventh year the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition has asked students from around the world to create a clean technology solution to the yearly challenge. 

The Clean Tech Competition was developed as a way to excite students by engaging them in STEM innovation. Now known as the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, the 2017 Competition was held at Stony Brook University drawing international attention from all corners of the globe. The 2018 Competition will focus on Mitigating Climate Change. The Competition is open to any student (15-18 years old) who wants to tackle the challenge; there is no cost to enter and there’s a chance the team could win the $10,000 first prize and the chance to work with a STEM professional to help them further their idea, get it to market and do real good in the world. I encourage you to visit the Competition’s website at: www.cleantechcompetition.org for more information about past events. Registration Deadline: March 16, 2018

Classroom Resources

NGSS Resources recommended by Dr. Simone Palmer

Seeing Students Learn Science Book Study:  This NGSS Slow chat Twitter book study begins this week.   

Next Gen Navigator Newsletters--a monthly e-newsletter delivering information, insights, resources, and professional learning opportunities for science educators by science educators on the Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional instruction.

Spanish-language NGSS Parent Guides -  NGSS Parent Guides for Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, new versions are available for Spanish-speaking parents. See the Spanish-language parent guides here: K-2



Science Update
October 20, 2017











Call for Presenters:

Annual RI Science Conference- April 7th at NEIT


Do you have a great lesson or method that incorporates three-dimensional learning and assessment?


Are you using effective simulations and online models in your NGSS lessons/activities that informs instruction and assessment?


Please consider presenting your ideas and strategies to colleagues at the Annual Conference on April 7th!!  Proposals for workshops are currently being accepted by RISTA by accessing the RFP form Proposals need to be submitted by January 20th .  Sessions for workshops are one hour and can be formatted as hands-on, lecture, group discussion, etc.  Feel free to mention this opportunity to colleagues who may be interested, non-members are welcome to submit a proposal.  

Hope to see you at NEIT on April 7th!!


*********************************************************

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organization that is listed. Send any items that you consider relevant to other science educators to ristanewsletter@gmail.com

Professional Resources

From Achieve's NGSS Network Bulletin:

Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Indicators 
This document provides some key common indicators of successful NGSS implementation at the district level, as well as some examples of concrete actions that a district can take to achieve their implementation goals. While the path to implementation may take several forms, this document points to some common indicators or metrics of successful implementation that a district can use to monitor their progress toward implementation goals.

Web Seminar: How do I Select Phenomena to Motivate Student Sense Making?  On March 15, Tricia Shelton and Ted Willard recorded a presentation about three-dimensional teaching and learning and the explanation of phenomena, how to choose phenomena for the classroom, and how to encourage students to actually make sense of them. View a recording of the seminar here

Report: Scaling Up Three-Dimensional Science Learning Through Teacher-Led Study Groups Across a State

A recently released Journal of Teacher Education report by Brian Reiser et al. describes a strategy for scaling three-dimensional science professional learning across a state, including teacher study groups, analyzing student learning, and exploring classroom interactions. The report includes best practices for design and content for teacher and facilitator learning, with particular attention to bringing high-quality and effective professional learning to scale for an entire state.

Video: NGSS and Language Development in the Classroom

A district in Oregon, Beaverton School District, created a video to illustrate how NGSS supports language development. The video shows 4th grade students from Beaver Acres Elementary exploring a local phenomenon and using evidence to share their thinking and reasoning. The video illustrates the role language plays in science and how the NGSS practices in particular can help improve language skills. See more information about the class and lesson shown in the video here To read more about teaching science and language with English Learners, see this article by NGSS writer Okhee Lee

Three New STEM Teaching Tools Policy Briefs

Three new Policy Briefs were released in March addressing different science classroom challenges. These policy briefs go over things to consider, attending to equity, and concrete recommended actions you can take to address each issue at hand.
  • How to define meaningful daily learning objectives for science investigations   - This Brief was released to help teachers identify a learning target or objective to post on the wall (a common requirement for educators) that doesn't "give away" what students should be figuring out themselves throughout a lesson. The brief was written by Bill Penuel, Michael Novak, Tara McGil, Katie Van Horne and Brian Reiser.

Professional Opportunities

Environment Council of Rhode Island  Education Fund

Greg Gerritt   401-621-8048    environmentcouncil@earthlink.net

The Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) Education Fund is pleased to announce that we are opening the application process for the Tenth Annual Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education awards.

Each year ECRI’s Education Fund gives out small grants to Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs for hands on environmental projects by students that benefit the local environment.  Schools and after-school programs can request an application from the ECRI’s Education Fund, or download one here

https://www.environmentcouncilri.org/news/applications-2018-tisdale-awards-now-available 

We are pleased to offer 3 grants of up to $250 in support of school-based projects that:

1.  Have student participation 
2.  Lead to measurable improvement in an environmental condition 
3.  Involve the community beyond a school in some way


All Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs are encouraged to apply.  We can be contacted either by email here or by phone at 621-8048.

 Independent environmental professionals will review all applications and three schools or school-based after-school programs will receive $250 to carry out their projects. Over the last 10 years, schools all over Rhode Island have been awarded these grants for water quality, school garden, recycling, composting, and alternative energy projects. 

The application deadline is November 21, 2017 and awards will be made in January 2018 for projects to be undertaken in the spring of 2018.  Application and further information is available here https://www.environmentcouncilri.org/news/applications-2018-tisdale-awards-now-available 

Applicants should be aware ECRI will do some publicity around the winning projects and encourages winners to publicize their projects as well.

Miami University's 2018 Project Dragonfly


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Now accepting applications for 2018


OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2017) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news


Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news


Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu/17-18_news


Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.


Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) PD

The Times Institute is offering this NGSX experience at locations across the state. See the announcement below: 

Pathway 1 Flyer.docx

For further information please contact:  Erin Conley, econley@times2.org   Cell: 401-602-4918  To register:https://times2institute.typeform.com/to/qyPrxv or www.times2institute.org


Student Opportunities

MIT Science on Saturday Events 
All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all K-12 students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $8 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flyer or our web page: http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/science-saturday 

Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

  • December 2, 2017 Nuclear Science and Engineering 
  • February 3, 2018 Materials with Magical Properties 
  • March 10, 2018 Rockets and Flight 
  • April 7, 2018 Optics 



MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Outreach Day 
Date: Friday, December 14, 9AM – 1PM 
Eligibility: Open to one teacher and two students from any high school in Massachusetts. 
Attendees receive a basic understanding of what plasmas are, how they behave, and their role in harnessing fusion energy. In addition, participants may explore technologies such as large magnets and sources of intense microwave and millimeter wave power, which are key to fusion's successful development. Students will have the opportunity to actually observe and create plasmas in a glow discharge tube, perform hands-on demonstrations with electromagnetism, and see MIT's tokamak, Alcator C-MOD. 

The program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am with presentations and tours, followed by lunch and a magnet demonstration. While refreshments will be in the morning and sodas at lunchtime, it will be necessary for each participant to bring a lunch. 

As the number of participants will be limited, please respond early. Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis. Please submit the electronic form found at http://www.psfc.mit.edu/outreach/outreach-day-registration by Wednesday, November 22

If you have questions, please email Paul Rivenberg at rivenberg@psfc.mit.edu. For those interested, a tour of MIT will also be available beginning at 3:00 pm. 


World of 7 Billion Video Contest 
www.Worldof7Billion.org 
Challenge: Create a short video about human population growth that highlights one other global challenge. 
Impact & Solution: All videos must include: 
  • how population growth impacts the issue 
  • at least one idea for a sustainable solution 
Global Challenges: 
  • Feeding 10 Billion (hunger, food waste, resource and energy use, deforestation, pollution) 
  • Preventing pollution (impacts on air, water, and land, climate change, human and wildlife health, ecosystem destruction) 
  • Advancing Women and Girls (access to education, gender equality, women in government, women's health, child marriage) 
All students grades 6-12 worldwide are eligible to participate and win. 
Deadline: February 22, 2018 


Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition 
Center for Science Teaching & Learning is a nonprofit organization that runs the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition. This Competition is open to all high school students aged 15-18, who wish to take on the challenge set forth by the competition committee. 2018 will be the seventh year the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition has asked students from around the world to create a clean technology solution to the yearly challenge. The Clean Tech Competition was developed as a way to excite students by engaging them in STEM innovation. The Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition (SHVE CTC) began in 2012 with the “Solar Solutions” challenge. High School students from California and Singapore were challenged to design a solar-powered solution to a human need in the aftermath of a natural disaster. In 2013 the competition was opened to students worldwide and the theme was “Clean Water for All”, students identified one of the world’s critical clean water access problems and they designed a clean energy technology solution. 2014 saw the students come up with a “Solution to Pollution” and in 2015 the competition challenged the students to “Feed the World”. In 2016 the students demonstrated their ideas and solutions to “Make An Impact” on the world with problems associated with plastics and the need for cheap, clean energy. 2017’s challenge was to “Create A Greener Future”, specifically to identify a specific problem associated with buildings or homes, building materials, problems associated with efficiency, damage mitigation, “sick buildings”, indoor environmental quality or a related topic of their choosing. 2017 was also the year Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. became the title sponsor for the Competition. Now known as the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, the 2017 Competition was held at Stony Brook University drawing international attention from all corners of the globe. The 2018 Competition will focus on Mitigating Climate Change. The Competition is open to any student (15-18 years old) who wants to tackle the challenge; there is no cost to enter and there’s a chance the team could win the $10,000 first prize and the chance to work with a STEM professional to help them further their idea, get it to market and do real good in the world. I encourage you to visit the Competition’s website at: www.cleantechcompetition.org for more information about past events. Registration Deadline: March 16, 2018


Classroom Resources

NGSS Resources recommended by Dr. Simone Palmer

Seeing Students Learn Science Book Study:  This NGSS Slow chat Twitter book study begins this week.   

Next Gen Navigator Newsletters--a monthly e-newsletter delivering information, insights, resources, and professional learning opportunities for science educators by science educators on the Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional instruction.

Spanish-language NGSS Parent Guides -  NGSS Parent Guides for Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, new versions are available for Spanish-speaking parents. See the Spanish-language parent guides here: K-23-56-8, and 9-12.

Smithsonian Science How-Excellent resource that connects your students via video webcasts and online text chats to Smithsonian research and experts.  Free media-rich instructional resources are also available through the site.

Science Friday Educator Collaborative - An educator collaborative comprised of experienced educators who were selected from hundreds of applicants based on their exceptional approaches to STEM teaching and enthusiasm. Five of the seven teachers are from states that have adopted the NGSS. Check out the resources here, and the SciFri monthly education newsletter here (you can sign up to receive Science Friday experiments and  lesson idea each month)

Five Tools and Process for Translating the NGSS into instruction and Classroom Assessment—Set of tools with facilitator guides developed by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with BSCS and WestEd. These tools help professional development leaders work with teachers on translating science concepts, practices and performance expectations into instructional sequences and assessment tasks.  See NGSS: From Theory to Practice for a blog on an ongoing field test of NGSS-Design instructional materials for middle school on ecosystems.

Getting to Know the NGSS

Open resource training materials for a series of PD modules developed by Michigan State University.  Workshops 1-5 cover NGSS basics very well.  Workshops 6 to 8 are on curriculum planning and instructional.

Nextgenscience.org New Website Features - The website has been updated with new features and a new organization to make it easier to find resources regarding instruction, assessment, implementation planning, and communications.  Access High Quality Examples of NGSS Lessons and Units, a list of materials that have gone through full EQuIP reviews by the 


RI Science Teachers Association shares opportunities in science education for teachers and students.  



Science Update
June 17, 2017












Congratulations to our new executive officers and board members!  Thank you for your time and effort to provide opportunities for science educators to RI 

As of July 1st, our officers and directors will be:

President: Erin Escher

Treasurer: John Labriola

Secretary: Jay Fogleman

Past-president: Carolyn Higgins

Board of Directors: Stephen Lakeland, Elaine Magyar, Tiffany Risch, Helaine Hager, Rudolf Kraus, and Teresa Medeiros

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If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organization that is listed. Send any items that you consider relevant to other science educators to ristanewsletter@gmail.com

Professional Resources

NSTA Blog Entry:  Using the Crosscutting Concepts to Scaffold Student Thinking by Jeremy and Amy Peacock   Some educators argue that crosscutting concepts should develop in students' minds organically, and others see the value in making them explicit for students. Is one or the other better, and could graphic organizers be your answer?

From Achieve's NGSS Network Bulletin:

Video Workshop: Why Elementary Science?  The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals, created a video for elementary school leaders to support them in developing an understanding of why elementary science is important and how to support new science standards in their buildings. In the video, Amber McCulloch, K-12 Science Specialist at OSPI, and Scott Seaman, Director of Professional Learning at AWSP, make the case for elementary science, lead principals and their leadership teams through a series of learning tools, allow for completion of a self-assessment to determine where the school is regarding science instruction, and guide action planning. While the target audience for the video is elementary principals working with their leadership teams, the resources are useful for all levels of leadership.

Professional Learning Partnership with the Exploratorium The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) partnered with the Exploratorium in San Francisco to provide engaging professional learning in science for about 50 of its teachers and principals. The workshop covered instructional shifts of the NGSS and teacher support strategies as they make the transition to three dimensional, phenomenon-based instruction, allowing the educators to take advantage of the expertise of those at the Exploratorium. This partnership is a great example the ways professional learning sessions can benefit from the involvement of third-party organizations like museums and science centers.

Video Series and Blog about K-2 Scientific Argumentation A Tchers' Voice blog post written by an elementary school teacher in partnership with three University of Washington researchers discusses engaging K-2 students with constructing arguments and modeling. It includes a video series that shares key principles and strategies for engaging K-2 students in several science and engineering practices.

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Instructional Materials in Science  BSCS released these Guidelines earlier this month. This document provides research-based recommendations for evaluation processes and evaluative criteria to consider, including when building tools and processes designed to evaluate science instructional materials. Its development was informed by early versions of EQuIP Rubric for Science and PEEC, and it informed the most recent version of PEEC (to be released soon). 

Georgia Science Teacher Association Phenomena Bank  Georgia's Framework-influenced, three-dimensional science standards encourage students to learn through making sense of phenomena and designing solutions to problems. GSTA, in response to a need expressed by science teachers for more phenomena ideas that connect to the standards, created a phenomena bank where educators can go to get ideas for instruction. Teachers can both add their own phenomena to the bank and search through posted phenomena by key words, grade level, science standards, or element. The site also provides resources about why phenomena are important and what to look for to facilitate the best student learning.

District Level Integrated Scope and Sequence Website . A school district in Vancouver, WA, Evergreen Public Schools, has created a website with resources to support an integrated scope and sequence for writing, reading, social studies, and science in elementary school. The dynamic site includes resources on the standards, a page for each grade level, and 36 units, themes, and sample tasks. The district plans to add more resources and make improvements along the way.

Will Elementary Science Remain the Forgotten Stepchild of School Reform? Change the Equation has written an analysis of 2015 NAEP data, showing the various ways science often takes a backseat to other subjects, including lack of instructional time for fourth graders and lack of professional learning about new science standards for elementary educators. The blog post includes graphics that highlight key statistics to illustrate the need for more resources in elementary science, and could be used in science advocacy work.

Three Dimensional Bookmarks STEM Teaching Tools created bookmarks that conveniently list all Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts from the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This can be useful for teachers who are just getting to know the three dimensions and what they mean as a quick reference.


Professional Opportunities

NGSS Science Leader Training with NGSX 

The NGSS Science Leader Pathway will provide professional development, support, and a learning community focused on 3-Dimensional teaching and learning and the implementation of NGSS in K-12 classrooms. The goal of the NGSS Science Leader Pathway is to build capacity among a cadre of science education leaders across Rhode Island to support other teachers in understanding the shifts in NGSS by facilitating Rhode Island study groups using the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for professional learning (NGSX). 

Audience: Science teachers and leaders, science coordinators, and higher education faculty.

Dates: Summer Institute: August 16-18 and 22-24 8:30-4 Plus 4 school year follow up dates TBD

Location:  TIMES2 STEM Academy, 50 Filmore St.  Providence, RI

See the flyer for more information or contact Erin Conley, econley@times2.org  401-602-4918

Register at https://times2institute.typeform.com/to/yj7UyO


NSTA Teacher Awards

The NSTA nominations and application portal is currently open. Nominate a science educator today!

Nominees will receive an e-mail notification that they have been nominated, and will have a link provided in the e-mail encouraging them to begin their application. They do not receive notice as to who nominated them.

The link is: www.nsta.org/awards . Please contact Amanda Upton, Senior Manager, Nominations and Teacher Awards Programs NSTA, 703.312.9217 with any questions


Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, youth leaders, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12 in both formal and informal settings. Last year's workshops were a huge success!

Click the links below to learn about RIEEA's summer trainings and to register:

Early Childhood Teacher Training

Tuesday, August 15, 9am-12:30pm.

For educators who work with children ages 3-5. Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals.

K-8 Teacher Training

Wednesday, August 16, 9am-3:30pm

Appropriate for teachers, informal educators, youth leaders, parents, and community leaders.


Student Opportunities

Taterthon 2017!

What is Taterthon? Taterthon is a project imagined by a group of high school students at Scituate High School that seeks to engage more children and their families in growing food as a way to (1) reduce the use of transportation fuels involved in shipping food, (2) reduce carbon dioxide emissions, (3) build more resilient communities by increasing local food production. We invite teachers and parents to sign up on behalf of RI children in grades K-5. Participants receive a notebook, instructions, and a potato to begin the growing season. Notebooks should be submitted to SHS NEED Club by September 30 to be considered for prizes. For more information, to see our NEW video, and to sign up, visit: www.taterthon.org .

(While supplies last! We will cap registration when we reach 1000 kits, so register now!)


Classroom Resources

NSTA Freebies 

Click the link above to find an array of free resources for you and your classroom. Clicking on the title takes you to the resource described.




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