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Learning Pathways

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Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher

Choose your pathway.

 

This foundational pathway helps participants to progress beyond simply “learning about” three-dimensional learning and helps them to work with resources critical to facilitating three-dimensional learning in their own classrooms. Participants engage as learners in modeling and constructing explanations of complex phenomena just as their students will. They also learn how to use classroom tools such as productive talk and planning whole group discussions to help create a classroom culture in which all students are supported to go public with their reasoning and build on the ideas of their classmates.

Length

36 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks as well as in a summer institute format.

 

Format

In-person facilitated study groups using the NGSX web-based professional learning program.

 

Participants

Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders, informal science educators

Elementary Science and Classroom Units

 

This learning pathway brings together study groups composed of K-5 teachers who want to learn how to bring 3D science teaching and learning to their classrooms. The pathway begins with all grade-level teachers together, experiencing a phenomenon as one community of adult learners.  Together they work with  knowledge-building tools critical in creating a classroom culture that supports students equitably in terms of talk, representing and explaining their reasoning and constructing models to reflect their understandings of a phenomenon. Teachers complete this pathway in grade-banded groups as they experience instructional units that they will take back to their classrooms.

Length

36 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks

 

Format

In-person facilitated study groups using a web-based professional learning program.

 

Participants

Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders, informal science educators

Taking it Back to Your Classroom

 

This pathway builds on the the learning experiences of Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher pathway.  A study group works with three different perspectives: engaging in three-dimensional learning as an adult learner; analyzing the work of K–12 students engaged in three-dimensional learning; and analyzing how teachers and curriculum materials support three-dimensional learning. Engaging as a learner, using these three perspectives, prepares participants to begin to make adaptations to existing science curriculum materials supportive of NGSS and the K-12 Framework.

Length

36 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks

 

Format

In-person facilitated study groups using NGSX, a web-based professional learning program.

 

Participants

Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders, instructional leaders, curriculum supervisors and informal science educators

The PLANS Principal Pathway

Principals Learn About, Network, and Support 3-Dimensional Science Learning

 

This pathway is for building administrators, district instructional leaders and coaches as well as curriculum supervisors interested in acquiring strategies and new understandings to support teachers and students. Instructional leadership and active support at the building and district level is an essential part of a successful outcome for teachers of science and for their students. This pathway experience will help building and district teams identify what needs to be in place to help this new vision for science education become a reality. 

Length

11 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks

 

Format

In-person facilitated study groups using NGSX, a web-based professional learning program.

 

Participants

Building administrators, STEM coaches, curriculum supervisors, district science leaders, informal science educators

The Facilitator Pathway

 

This pathway is dedicated to building district and state-based facilitator capacity to lead NGSX study groups, contributing to a district or state's potential for scale-up. We know the success of a NGSX study group can depend on expert facilitation. Study group leaders need preparation beyond learning about NGSS; they need knowledge-building skills in orchestrating productive discussion among adult learners, and the pedagogical content knowledge about facilitation to understand how to support teacher learning from cases of practice and working with the three dimensions of NGSS. Having NGSX state and district facilitators prepared to lead NGSX study groups is a major step in ensuring that states and districts have the PD capacity they need to support teachers, preservice students, instructional leaders, and faculty as well as supervising teachers.

Length

34 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks or in a summer institute format

 

Format

In-person facilitated study groups using NGSX, a web-based professional learning program.

 

Participants

Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders, informal science educators and teacher educators.