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PRISM Math & Science Workshops

Location: PRISM Center, Blanton Hall
8:30am to 2:30pm
5.5 pd hours $130/workshop, 3.0 pd hours $70/workshop

Reservations required online

Preparing for the Rainforest Connection Live! 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9am-12pm
All Grades
Workshop only - $70
Includes Panama Videoconference - $200
The Rainforest Connection Live! is more than just occasional video chats between scientists and students. It is a unique opportunity to integrate NGSS into existing curriculum, while opening the doors to a classroom without walls. In this 3-hour workshop we will explore how to incorporate NGSS as you prepare your students for the February videoconferences, conduct the videoconferences, and then prepare follow-up activities after the conferences. We will particularly focus on NGSS practices 1 and 2: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, and Developing and Using Models.
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
Friday, January 16, 2015, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades 2-8
In order to bring successful and productive lessons to students, teachers need to plan carefully and thoughtfully. But, how do we plan the lessons if we do not know what students know or think they know, and what they need to learn? In this workshop, you will learn how to use formative assessment to plan and modify content and teaching strategies according to students' needs.
NSTA Press' award-winning and best-selling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series will be explored in detail. The writing probes are invaluable formative assessment tools that can be used as a topic/unit introduction, as a conversation-starter, or to assess the progress of the students through lessons.
Grades 3-6 Common Core Content and Practices: What’s Up with Fractions?!
Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 3-6
Participants will engage in an across the grades look at the CCSS Domain of “Number and Operations – Fractions” that will include expectations of fluency, coherence, and rigor. Ready-to-use, hands-on lessons and instructional strategies, differentiation and accommodations, and the use of multiple assessment and questioning techniques will be emphasized.
Following the 5-E’s on the Road to Implementing the NGSS - Repeat performance due to popular demand!
Thursday, January 29, 8:30a 2:30p
Grades: 5-12
The 5-E’s Model of science instruction is the foundational suite of classroom practices for full implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Learn how to identify an NGSS-aligned unit of instruction and how to cultivate a classroom environment that helps learners take responsibility for their learning and enjoy science.
Grades 5-8 Common Core Content and Math Practices Update!
Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 5-8
Come and participate in active learning about the CCSS middle grades math, with a focus on an across the grades look during a hands-on session. Using a balanced approach for all students, a link between Instructional Strategies, Grade Level Curriculum Expectations and the PARCC Assessment will be addressed using online simulations, performance tasks, and real world applications/modeling.
Friday, February 6, 2015, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 2-5
Prepare to involve your students in explorations of two different ecosystems: rainforest and estuary. This workshop will provide teachers with a better understanding of a land ecosystem vs. an aquatic ecosystem. Participants will explore some of the animal species, interactions, adaptations, food webs, and other topics.
Participants will be engaged in investigations that integrate the NGSS practices (developing and using models, constructing explanations) that can be implemented right away into their science curriculum.
Teaching Common Core Mathematics for Understanding: Geometry
Thursday, February 12, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 6-8
This workshop will focus on the development of deep, connected understanding of geometry in the middle school classroom, including the derivation of area formulas for quadrilaterals, properties of triangles (including similar triangles), and classification of polygons. The workshop will focus on the use of manipulatives and technology to foster geometric thinking. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that can be easily adapted for diverse learners. The alignment of the workshop activities with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics content and practices (and PARCC assessment) will be addressed.
The Science Behind the Science We Teach: Content for the Next Generation Science Standards
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00a-12:00p
Grades: K-6
This lecture/discussion session will focus on the Matter and Energy cross-cutting concept of the NGSS, linking NGSS Core Ideas and NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards to bridge the transition to the new standards. The program will provide a basic understanding of the fundamental framework of all areas of science, and help participants to become more comfortable with the diverse range of topics covered in the elementary and early middle grades classrooms. The focus will be on the fact that the Universe contains only two things, matter and energy, and how everything that happens is a result of the interaction of matter and energy. And, how only four fundamental forces, responsible for everything that happens, have shaped our ever changing Universe, its galaxies, our solar system and our complex earth.
Instructional Strategies to Meet New Common Core Standards: Performance Tasks for Middle and High School Mathematics
Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 7-10
Come learn the CCSS by engaging in a hands-on look at lessons and Performance Tasks with instructional strategies that focus on algebraic reasoning and sense making for middle and high school students. Real world applications will be provided through multimedia resources that help students and teachers meet the new Common Core State Standards and PARCC Assessment expectations.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per registrant) will be issued to the appropriate party if this office is notified at least five (5) business days in writing prior to the workshop date. If you cancel within five (5) business days, or if neither you nor a substitute attends the workshop without notifying us, no refund will be issued.

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