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2021 – 2022 PRISM Workshops

PRISM is pleased to announce our Fall 2021 – 2022 school year workshop schedule. These workshops will be hosted at PRISM located at 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.

We also want you to know that PRISM is available to help with any resources, coaching or in-district planning you may need.

Please note time and cost differences. Click the title to view more information about the workshop.


July 26 – 27 | 8:30am – 1:00pm – Waitlist

Justice-focused Science Teaching (mini-conference)
Petra van’t Slot
$30 non-refundable
If you attend both days you will be eligible for a $150 stipend.

Framing education in the context of (social) justice is central to New Jersey’s vision for high quality education for all students. The focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in classrooms is becoming increasingly more common and student diversity is increasing in classrooms across the nation. As a science teacher or curriculum supervisor, you may wonder if there is a place for Social Justice in the science classroom. The Next Generation Science Standards and the New Jersey State Learning Standards for Science emphasize science learning for all students, citing research that students from diverse backgrounds, when provided with equitable learning opportunities, are capable of engaging in scientific practices and constructing meaning in both science classrooms and informal settings.

In this workshop educators will discuss the importance of the Science for All initiative, explore positions on social justice education, and engage in culturally-responsive practices using research based pedagogies. Culturally relevant pedagogies identify and leverage the knowledge, practices, and resources of students and their communities.

Join us for a 2-day exploration of ways in which we can intentionally bring justice-oriented teaching practices into our science classrooms.

Register for the Justice-focused Science Teaching Conference


July 12, 2022 | 8:30AM – 12:30PM

Supervisors and Administrators: What Should I Observe in an NGSS Classroom?
Christopher Hunninghake

Are you an administrator responsible for conducting classroom observations in a district without a science supervisor? Are you a math supervisor whose responsibilities were expanded to include your science department? If so, this four-hour workshop will begin preparing you to provide meaningful feedback and guidance to your teachers.

The NGSS classroom is different from when you were a student. This interactive workshop will explain the conceptual shifts in NGSS, the three Dimensions, and the Performance Expectations. Also, it will provide demonstrations for the use of scientific phenomena as a means for students to make claims, support claims with evidence, and construct scientific arguments. Administrators will receive ample resources required to identify “Look fors” regarding teacher instructional practices and student learning. This workshop is for administrators.

July 14, 2022 | 8:30AM – 2:30PM

The NGSS the SEPs(Modeling) and the NJSLA
Christopher Hunninghake

Did your students’ scores on the NJSLA-Science stun you? Feeling a little discouraged? Wish you had known the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) were a major emphasis on the test? If so, this six-hour workshop will benefit you and your students. There are 35 modeling SEPs embedded in the Performance Expectations (PEs) for grades 5 through 12. Find out more about the NJSLA-Science and learn more about developing and using models.

This workshop for teachers has three parts: Part 1 is an overview of the principles of the NGSS including the three Dimensions and the PEs. Part 2 explores developing and using models. Part 3 provides information about the NJSLA-Science construction and scoring. Participants will receive sample modeling activities and assessments and time for creating/revising their own modeling activities. Participants will receive resources in the form of handouts, classroom-ready activities, and websites. This workshop is for teachers.

August 2 2022 | 8:30AM – 2:30PM

Phenomena and Storylines in the OpenSciEd Classroom

Grades                                                              6-8

Facilitator                                                         Marisa Castronova

Cost                                                                  $175

Many schools are beginning to use OpenSciED units to support their middle school science curriculum. In this workshop, participants will better understand two central elements of any OpenSciEd unit; the anchoring phenomenon and a coherent storyline. To do this, participants will experience the anchor phenomenon from a sample unit (8.2 Sound Waves) taking time afterwards to reflect on this routine. Participants will then map the unit’s storyline to see how instruction is driven and motivated by students’ questions arising from the phenomenon.

Recommended Audience: Science teachers (6-8), specialists, coaches and/or supervisors are welcome to attend.