PEKIN, Ill. — There is a correlation between improving science education and keeping the United States workforce strong and competitive. University of Illinois Extension and Bradley University Center for STEM Education have been partnering for many years, in a variety of ways, to help improve the learning environment for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout Central Illinois. The newest addition to the lineup is Next Generation Science Standards Training being offered July 30 and 31.
The participants will be learning together through the workshop titled “PLANS – Principals Learning About Networking & Supporting 3-Dimensional Science Learning.” This workshop will support instructional leaders in figuring out constructive strategies for supporting teachers as they implement the NGSS. It is intended for educational leaders including principals, instructional coaches, and department heads.
It is highly recommended that district or school teams of two or three attend together. The first day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a shorter second day that dismisses at 1 p.m. Classes will be held in Olin Hall at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.
Participants can expect to:
- earn up to 11 ISBE professional development hours.
- build awareness of 3D science teaching and learning
- experience NGSS – aligned science & analyze classroom video cases
- learn how to establish a classroom culture that supports discourse & academically productive talk
- develop a shared language around the elements of NGSS & the framework to work collaboratively with teachers
The workshop cost is $100 and is being taught by University of Illinois Extension STEM educators Meghan McCleary and Sue Gasper from Cook County.
Register online by July 23 at go.illinois.edu/NextScience. For more information visit University of Illinois Extension, STEM resources page athttps://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/stem.html (click on General for NGSS information.)
— University of Illinois Extension
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