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Teach to Transform with Free Next Generation Science PD Sessions

These free introductory professional development sessions are a free opportunity to transform your instructional practice for the next generation science standards. Explore techniques you'll be able to add to your teacher toolkit for science like thinking moves, picture thinking, concept mapping, universal design, and phenomena-based consensus building and many more. If you're looking for more check our resources section or contact us for top NGSS hands-on science curriculum and professional development.

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Teach to Transform with Free Next Generation Science PD Sessions
Teach to Transform with Free Next Generation Science PD Sessions

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Meeting the New Challenges of Teaching Next Generation Science with Integrity

Topic 1: Instructional Frames

Meeting the New Challenges of Teaching Next Generation Science with Integrity

Uncover how to master and communicate lesson routines with instructional frames. We’ll also focus on how you can use these instructional frames to maximize student learning while improving parent and student communication.

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Topic 2: Picture-Thinking Routine

Making Room for Reflection with a Picture-Thinking Routine

Examine how to structure reflection that uses students’ thinking to accelerate learning, increase student engagement, and foster student independence with KnowAtom’s Picture-Thinking Routine.

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Making Room for Reflection with a Picture-Thinking Routine
Using Thinking Moves to Reach Deeper Scientific Understanding

Topic 3: Thinking Moves

Using Thinking Moves to Reach Deeper Scientific Understanding

Focus on ways to make thinking moves a shared instructional practice and a common part of how students learn to deepen their own understanding as scientists and engineers.

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Topic 4: Concept Maps

Concept Mapping for Concept Mastery

Discover the role students’ concept connections play in developing mastery of STEM content and skills. Examine next-generation ways to engage students in sense-making with the use of Concept Maps.

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Concept Mapping for Concept Mastery
Preparing Your Students for Meaningful Scientific Discussion

Topic 5: Scientific Discussion

Preparing Your Students for Meaningful Scientific Discussion

Explore how to engage your science class in student-led scientific discourse with the help of three new tools that students can use to organize and communicate their thinking.

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Topic 6: Peer Evaluation

Tools for Great Remote and In-Person Scientific Discourse

Explore peer evaluation and SocraCircle, an online tool designed by KnowAtom to deepen students’ participation in Socratic dialogue or scientific discourse. We’ll focus on the ways technology like SocraCircle can be used with our other tools to facilitate deeper in-person and remote science discussions.

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Tools for Great Remote and In-Person Scientific Discourse
Creating Meaningful Access to Non-Fiction Science Text for All Learners

Topic 7: Read Aloud

Creating Meaningful Access to Non-Fiction Science Text for All Learners

Discover how to replace traditional pre-teaching with KnowAtom’s audio-visual non-fiction Read Aloud designed to present big ideas in context. We’ll focus on optimizing reading for every learner’s success in science and ways to engage caregivers with the Read Aloud to best support home learning.

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Topic 8: Question Helpers

How to Ask (and Use) Better Questions to Teach Big Ideas

Learn how to move away from a model of instruction where the teacher is answer-expert to focus on the next generation model of helping students navigate context, annotate, and distill key ideas through better instructional questioning. We’ll also use the lens of remote teaching to discuss how parents and caregivers can effectively engage with students during and after their reading.

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Discover What It Means to Learn Well with Formative Assessment

Topic 9: Formative Assessment

Discover What It Means to Learn Well with Formative Assessment

Teachers will learn how to formative assessment techniques to continuously uncover student thinking, skills, and conceptual understanding while clarifying their expectations for student learning. This in-the-moment insight can be used to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning across disciplines.

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Topic 10: Sentence Frames

Moving Students Beyond Sharing to Collaboratively Developing Ideas

Examine tools and scaffolds that will guide teachers in creating a culture of respectful scientific argumentation in their classrooms, driven by students’ interest in others' ideas.

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Moving Students Beyond Sharing to Collaboratively Developing Ideas
Releasing Responsibility with Accountability: Formative Learning Goals

Topic 11: Checkpoints

Releasing Responsibility with Accountability: Formative Learning Goals

Discover how to use student Checkpoints as a formative assessment tool to uncover and improve students' understanding of their own plans and their thinking behind them.

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Topic 12: Science Assessments

Getting the Most Out of Science Assessments

Explore how to get the most out of vocabulary and next generation concept checks as formative end-of-unit assessments to make the most out of student responses.

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Topic 12: Science Assessments
Teach to Transform with Free Next Generation Science PD Sessions

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