Science Workshops

Location: PRISM, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University

2017 - 2018 Science Workshops

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Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email



November 28, 8:30am – 2:30pm  
NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices and Language Arts: Maybe you're already doing it!  Grades K-5

The NGSS applies scientific and engineering practices to investigating new events and new phenomena.  They teach students to think in a logical, scientific manner, whether observing our natural world, designing an experiment, solving an engineering challenge, or presenting findings to a group.  While these practices are specific to science and engineering, they are applicable across disciplines.  Come to this workshop where we will work through a sample story that is not directly science, but identify the science practices that are there.  You will then use the same techniques on stories, articles and/or assignments you currently use to find and apply the science practices in them, integrate science in a meaningful way in your teaching, and learn some science as well! BRING: stories, articles and/or assignments you currently use.

Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje   Cost: $150


December 1 8:30am - 2:30pm
NGSS-Beyond the Basics, Gr K-5

This workshop will take classroom teachers and curriculum developers beyond the introductory level of aligning with the NGSS. We will experience Integrating the three dimensions of the NGSS to craft comprehensive educational designs. Examples will show how the science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts are infused into units and support learning the disciplinary core ideas. Lessons and units will be dissected to show how the 5-Es work with the NGSS and help us use the NGSS evidence statements as part of the embedded assessment process. Teachers are encouraged to bring portable devices (smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks)

Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake   Cost: $150


December 15  8:30am - 2:30pm(by popular demand)
NGSS-aligned Engineering Challenges for Elementary Students, Gr K-5

Participate in an engineering design challenge based on NGSS Engineering Practice. Experience first-hand the engineering design process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary engineering challenges. Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary engineering challenges, from river erosion prevention, ice cube keeper, to an alarm device. Learn strategies to develop engineering challenges for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum. Take home differentiated student notebook templates and access online pre-designed unit and engineering resources for support.

Facilitator: Jean Myers   Cost: $150 


January 12, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  
“Who stole the chocolate?” NGSS –aligned CSI for Elementary Students Gr 1-5

Experience first-hand a Crime Scene Investigation that you can take back directly to your young detectives using simple materials. Be a detective and learn how to solve crimes by collecting evidence and analyzing it in labs activities. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, and curriculum unit, and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.

Facilitator: Jean Myers   Cost: $150


January 24, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  
NGSS Engineering for Grades K-8

Apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices with carefully selected engineering design challenges for the classroom. Build your knowledge of freely available resources and refine your selection skills when choosing meaningful challenges that provide engaging, student-centered experiences with content. Learn how Engineering Design seamlessly integrates with ELA and Math practices. Try design challenges during the workshop and return to school with ready to use resources.

Facilitator: Karen Woodruff   Cost: $150 


February 23, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm                                                                  
Argumentation in the NGSS Science Classroom Grades  6 -12

Argumentation is an essential component of the NGSS classroom. Building a classroom culture where students engage regularly in productive science discussions requires practice and well-vetted strategies.  Learn to implement strategies, such as modeling, analyzing evidence, and developing appropriate forms of dialogue between students. Explore how to engage students in determining valuable evidence to support a claim, justify their thinking, and craft rebuttals that advance collective understanding of a concept. Participants in this workshop will gain valuable strategies for integrating argumentation into classrooms focused on Science and Engineering Practices.

Facilitator: Karen Woodruff   Cost: $150  

Location: PRISM - Blanton Hall The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning Montclair State University

NEW Workshop Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

About the Facilitators

Christopher Hunninghake has been working in the field of education for 30 years. After earning a BA in biology from the University of Virginia, Christopher taught a variety of science courses in both public and private schools in New Jersey. He then earned an MA in educational administration from Rider University and began serving as a high school building administrator and science/math supervisor. Christopher then obtained a Teacher of the Handicapped certificate and returned to the classroom teaching science to students with special needs.

Jean Myers has been teaching science for 35 years, beginning in a rural school while in the Peace Corps in Kenya, to inner city New York, to suburban New Jersey. She has worked with high school and most recently elementary students, engaging them in inquiry based practice of doing science and making authentic discoveries with evidence based in student generated data. Jean holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College, MA in Teaching Secondary Education from Teachers College, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College and Supervisory Certification from Montclair State University.

Dr. Jacalyn Willis, director of PRISM and research biologist, is a member of the NJ State Leadership Team that advised the NJDOE and the Governor on the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). She has been a participant in national trainings in NGSS-aligned curriculum development, as well as trainings in teaching pedagogical practices crucial to implementation of the NGSS. The PRISM team has been closely involved in the development of the NGSS and the design of effective PD that follows on 12 years of US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership programs and National Science Foundation initiatives directed by Dr. Willis.

Karen Woodruff Currently pursuing her PhD in Teacher Education and Teacher Development, Karen is a STEM professional development specialist with 15 years of experience in K-12 education. As a teacher educator she serves as a director for the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project. Karen holds a BA in environmental science and a MA in secondary science in technology-based teacher education.

Joanne Kornoelje started teaching science after 20+ years in business. Having now taught middle school science for 16 years, Joanne's teaching style is rooted in the discovery method, where students act as scientists. Asking questions, gathering data, developing evidence-based conclusions and defending them were a regular part of the class environment. This approach is a natural fit with the NGSS where the science practices are an integral part of the standards. Joanne holds a BA in English and Theater from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and an MA in Environmental Education from Montclair State University.

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