Learn how science education will be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards and build up your three-dimensional expertise with our multi-level NGSS workshops. Offered fall, spring, and summer.
Introduction to the NGSS
Workshop length: 6.5 hours
How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This beginner’s-level overview will give you the tools and confidence to start preparing for the new standards.
During this workshop, you will participate in hands-on activities and group discussions, some in mixed-grade groups and some with your same-grade peers. Get an introduction to the three dimensions of the NGSS, find out what a performance expectation is, and learn to read the NGSS tables. We promise, it's easier than it looks...
NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices
Workshop length: 2 - 3 days
Where do you begin applying the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in your classroom? How do you integrate the Science and Engineering Practices into grade-level appropriate activities? Shine a spotlight on the Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.
Explore how the Science and Engineering Practices grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience sample lessons to discover what the Practices look like at different grade levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS using the Practices as the gateway to re-imagining content.
NGSS Spotlight: Connecting with the Crosscutting Concepts
Workshop length: 2 - 3 days
How should the Crosscutting Concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) be used in the classroom? Are they just a way to categorize activities or can they actually be used to support and deepen student learning?
Join us in this workshop to explore these questions and build your understanding of this NGSS dimension. Get familiar with each Crosscutting Concept and discover what they might look like at different grade levels. Experience sample activities and engage in discussion with colleagues about how to make the best use of this teaching tool. Leave with inspiration and ideas for implementing the Crosscutting Concepts in your classroom.
NGSS Inside Out: Unit Redesign Challenge
Workshop length: 3 days
Are you familiar with the basics of NGSS and ready to take the next step? Team up with fellow teachers and Academy educators to bring your NGSS skills to the next level in this three-day workshop. First, you will be immersed in a science learning experience and reflect on how the NGSS dimensions are applied. Then you will reimagine one of your own existing units as an NGSS-style experience. You will have access to planning resources, input from Academy educators, and feedback from your peers to support your planning process. You will leave the workshop with a redesigned unit AND tools to use for your continued planning.
Interested in attending a teacher workshop at our museum in Golden Gate Park? Check out our schedule of events to see what's coming up!
Is your school or district interested in receiving professional development for a group of teachers?
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Please note that our ability to take on these fee for service requests depends on the time of year and the capacity of our staff.