NGSS and Your Local Environment: Using Place-Based Education as a Platform for Science and the Common Core Standards for Grades 5-12

Dr. Arlene Alvarado, Rayelynn Brandl, Chris Doyle, and Abby Peltomaa of the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) will provide contextual and experiential learning using watershed science as an integrating context.  In addition, MPRES-OPI Trainers Chris Pavlovich, Judy Boyle, and Bill Stockton will facilitate lesson development and NGSS alignment.  You’ll also tour the Clark Fork Watershed and learn how to conduct watershed-based studies.

Training Objectives:

  1. Learn about the restoration of the Clark Fork Watershed and practice watershed monitoring.
  2. Develop lessons using CFWEP curriculum to incorporate math and ELA into a cohesive unit.
  3. Create watershed education lessons that are adaptable to your place.
  4. Review CFWEP lesson plans available for your class.
  5. Work with area scientists who are studying Clark Fork Restoration.
  6. Tour the Clark Fork Watershed.

Note: An optional OPI Teacher Learning Hub course will follow this workshop.  The course will include methods for leading authentic place-based research projects.

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Science-Indian Education for All Symposium

This is a day filled with workshop based on the new science standards and Indian Education for All.  These workshops are designed to implement the Next Generation Science Standards and Indian Education for all into the classroom.  This is an excellent opportunity to be on the cutting edge while earning some great professional development.

How to Enroll: Visit Science-Indian Education for All Symposium on the Billings Schools website

Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop

The Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop is for K-12 teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world and learn to incorporate the study of natural history into their classrooms. We’ll teach you the skills you need to identify local plants, birds and insects. We’ll also share some lessons you can use in your classroom to engage your students in hands-on science lessons that meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Monday June 3rd or Thursday June 13th from 8:30am – 3:30pm
OPI and SD2 step-up credits available

Course co-instructor Heather Bilden is the community programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has her MEd in Environmental Education through a joint program with the Teton Science School and MSU-Billings. She has been teaching place-based nature education programs in Billings since 2008. Course co-instructor Alina Garner is the school programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has a BS in Biology. She has developed and led school programs in Billings for the past two years.

How to Enroll: Visit the Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop website

NSTA Webinar featuring Montana State faculty: Biofilms & NGSS

Faculty from Montana State University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network online program will present a free Webinar for science teachers via the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The presentation features research on biofilms and information on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In the first part of the seminar participants will learn about biofilms with Dr. Elinor Pulcini. The second half of the program will be presented by Dr. Gerry Wheeler, MSU professor emeritus of physics, who will talk about the Next Generation Science Standards.

This presentation is free through the National Science Teachers Association. Please register through NSTA at https://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9/WSMSU181025

Science 3D Implementation Mentorship

This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom.

24 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – September 16, 2018

1st Annual Summer Science Institute: Making Science Meaningful

This two-day science professional learning institute for educators is a collaborative conference with national and local science educators, professional learning providers, authors, and exhibitors.  Montana’s new NGSS-based science standards are one of three topics during this event.  OPI renewal units or graduate credits from UM-Western are available.  Visit the event website for registration details and more information.

 

Science 3D Implementation Mentorship

Facilitated Teacher Learning Hub Course
Description: This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom.
Dates: June 25th- August 5th, Registration closes June 25th or when the course is full.
24 OPI Renewal Units
Facilitated by Chris Pavlovich