Science Mini Series

For Grades 3-8 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Administrators, and Informal Educator s

From Science Activity to Supercharged Inquiry
  • Are you searching for ways to go beyond simple science activities and further engage your students with supercharged science inquiry lessons that integrate powerful literacy strategies?
  • Are you looking to better prepare your students for the more rigorous learning and assessment expectations that exist today?
  • Do you need strategies for grasping your students' understanding of concepts in order to promote higher achievement in your classroom?

If so, you will want to be a part of this four evening Science Mini-Series!

Dates and Times: All dates will be from 4:30-7:30pm (3 hours per evening)

  • January 8, 2015
  • January 15, 2015
  • February 3, 2015
  • February 12, 2015

Price and Space Limitations: $160.00 total for all four events. Teacher's must sign up and commit to all four meetings. Meals and snacks provided for all events. Space is limited to 40 participants.

Register and pay today to guarantee your spot in the training!

Location:

BGSU at Levis Commons
1655 N. Wilkinson Way
Perrysburg, OH 43551

Facilitators:

Dr. Jodi Haney, Jodi recently retired from Bowling Green State University where she held a joint appointment in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Environmental Sustainability. She is now an educational consultant and owner and operator of Xcite Learning. Jodi’s journey in education began as a middle and high school science teacher in the public schools where she served for nearly a decade. She then spent the next 21 years on faculty at BGSU. Dr. Haney’s research and professional work focuses on attitudes, motivation, and engagement needed for deep learning. During this time, she taught numerous science education courses, curriculum courses, and courses in environmental studies and sustainability at BG. A productive grant writer, Jodi has earned  and directed over 20 million dollars in local, state, and federal funding to support science and environmental education programs. As an educational consultant, Haney has worked with well over 100 Ohio schools to date. Haney believes that teaching is the essence of her identity and she is passionate about her role to inspire the love of learning through active, engaged, and authentic experiences both within the classroom and the local community.

Page Keeley, Page works as an independent consultant, speaker, and author providing professional development to school districts and organizations in the areas of science, mathematics and STEM diagnostic and formative assessment; setting learning targets and success indicators; SAIL Cycle- Science Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Cycle; deep dives into standards with curriculum topic study (CTS); designing instruction for conceptual change; linking formative assessment, inquiry, and engineering; instructional coaching, and linking science practices and literacy in the NGSS and Common Core. Page is a past NSTA President and prolific author of seventeen national best-selling books, including nine books in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, four books in the Curriculum Topic Study series, and three books in the Science and Mathematics Formative Assessment- 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning series. In addition, a collection of her Science and Children K-5 science formative assessment articles, along with study and reflection questions for professional learning groups, was recently published by NSTA: What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Science Learning Through Formative Assessment. She is a frequent invited speaker at regional and national conferences on the topic of formative assessment in science and teaching for conceptual change. We are fortunate and thrilled that she will be facilitating a portion of this mini-series!

Key Professional Development Learning Targets:

Learn how to effectively use all of these tools and build a repertoire of strategies that can not only promote learning, but also change the culture of your classroom!

  • Uphold the basic tenets of the 5E Instructional Model (this is embedded in Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Science).
  • Examine the levels of inquiry, from cookbook inquiry (using basic processing skills) to guided and open inquiry including student investigation, citizen science research, problem-based learning (PBL) and more.
  • Integrate inquiry that goes beyond basic skills to meet the more challenging state and national science standards and assessment expectations.
  • Integrate common core reading strategies into the 5E model in ways that CONTRIBUTE to (vs. distract from) scientific inquiry.
  • Align classroom activities to BOTH national and state standards and assessment guidelines, including both content and skills-based standards (inquiry, technology, engineering practices).
  • Infuse “on-line science simulation tools”, free, internationally benchmarked online science performance-based assessments, and the free Nearpod presentation tool (with embedded assessment and feedback features - works on all platforms and devices) into the 5E Picture Perfect Science Lessons to supercharge the inquiry experience even further.
  • Learn how to properly use formative assessment probes and strategies to inform classroom instruction, address student misconceptions about science concepts and use student ideas to design learning experiences that promote deep and lasting understanding.
Registration Information:

Registration Fee:

  • $160 (for all four sessions). The registration fee must be received in full before the first meeting date.
  • Check with your district to see if you can use Title I Part A funds, Title III funds or School Improvement Funds to pay for this training.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Dinner and snacks each evening.
  • Contact Hour Certificate for the entire series.
  • Teaching Resources and hands-on materials.
  • All participants will receive “Picture Perfect Science Lessons” ($35 value), an award-winning program filled with science lessons that combines science and reading in a natural way and provides easy-to-grasp background in physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences. The classroom-tested lessons are aligned with both national and state science standards.
  • All participants will also have the opportunity to purchase (at a reduced rate) “Uncovering Student Ideas in Science” Series and “Science Formative Assessment” Series by Page Keeley. These resources include science content probes and instructional strategies in order to address the need to balance the opportunity to learn, which includes assessment for learning with assessment of learning. They provide teachers with the content specific tools they need to bring about conceptual change.

Click here to register!

Payment Information: You can access the online credit card payment system through the link below or by visiting our NWO website. You can either pay online through this system or mail a check payable to BGSU or purchase order to:

NWO Inquiry Series
c/o Jessica Belcher
241 Math Science Bldg.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

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If you have any questions, please contact nwo@bgsu.edu
or 419-372-5571.