NEW workshops added in both Science and Math!

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
50% discount for MSUNER Partner Districts
if registered by October 30th

Reservations required online

NGSS and the Outdoor Classroom
Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 5-8
Outdoor environments can provide unique opportunities for implementing lessons that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Using outdoor sites similar to those found on most schoolyards or community parks, this session will model lessons and cross-cutting concepts that focus on NGSS Topics and Disciplinary Core Ideas in the domains of ‘Earth Systems’ and ‘Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems’. Inquiry-based learning strategies will be demonstrated and connections to Common Core State Standards will be addressed. Participants should dress in accordance with predicted weather conditions.
Matter and Magnetism
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 3-6
NJ has adopted the NGSS! And even though they are not going to be implemented for another two years, there are steps that can be taken now to make the transition easier and smoother. In this workshop teachers will be introduced to the NGSS Framework, so important to better understand them. They will be engaged in activities where they can integrate NGSS practices with physical science. These easy to set up activities are student centered and will allow for them to engage in asking questions while developing and using models and carrying out investigations.
Teaching Mathematics for Understanding: Geometry
Friday, December 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.
Following the 5-E’s on the Road to Implementing the NGSS
Friday, December 19, 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.
Teaching Mathematics for Understanding: Functions
Friday, January 9, 8:30a-2:30p
Grades: 6-8
In this workshop, participants will engage in explorations of linear, quadratic, and exponential number and geometric patterns. Workshop activities will focus on the analysis of patterns and the development of generalizations about these patterns. Real-world problems involving patterns, algebraic thinking, and functions will be explored. All activities will be discovery-based and examined in small-group settings. The alignment of workshop activities with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics content and practices (and PARCC assessment) will be addressed.
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.
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.
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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