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 17th is CLOSED - new offering on December 15th see below

November 3 8:30am - 2:30pm
NGSS Fundamentals For Teachers, Gr K-5

The Next Generation Science Standards have been implemented for K-5. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the foundation of the standards: the 3 dimensions and the performance expectations, as well as how to prepare for their implementation. This workshop is for those to whom the NGSS are new and who need to learn the pedagogical and strategic thinking behind them. Teachers are encouraged to bring portable devices (smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks)

Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake   Cost: $150

November 28 8:30am- 2:30pm
NGSS and the Common Core Language Arts: Maybe you're already doing it!, Gr K-5

One of the principles of the NGSS is to teach how a scientist actually does the work of science, and how that work is related to the rest of the curriculum. The eight scientific and engineering practices outline a structured approach to understanding new situations. They teach students to act and think in a logical, scientific manner, whether observing natural phenomena and recording findings, structuring an experiment to test a hypothesis or presenting findings to a group. While these practices are presented as specific to science, they are in fact applicable across disciplines. You may already be doing it! Come to this workshop where we will work through an example story (not science!) and 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 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 8 8:30am - 2:30pm
"Ooh NOT Eww!" NGSS - aligned Organism Study for Elementary Students Gr K-5

Experience first-hand a living organism investigation that you can use directly with your young scientists in your classroom. Our investigation will be driven by observations, questions, experiments, data analysis, and literature. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, a curriculum unit and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.

Facilitator: Jean Myers   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 

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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