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Workshops



Workshop Design

Our workshops expose educators and district stakeholders to three dimensional teaching and learning through informational and experiential standpoints. Our immersive programming gives participants tools and skills as well as the know-how to tailor their learning for their classrooms and schools. We offer a full range of options:

  • Course Level: We have programs from introductory to advanced levels so we participants can grow over time: foundation setting, capacity building, and extended learning.

  • Length: Spend as little as an hour with us or commit to a multi-day, deep learning experience.
  • Location: Multi-district sessions at the Connecticut Science Center, partner locations around the state, or in your district for a group size of 12 or more.

Browse our offerings below and click each title for more information. After completing one or more workshops, consider reinforcing and extending learning with Coaching and Consultation.


ELEMENTS OF NGSS

  K-12 Educators   Half-day   $100

Designed to introduce just the basics for educators that are new to NGSS.
We provide direct information to answer these questions:

  • What are the three dimensions of NGSS?
  • What does each dimension look like in a classroom?


MAKING SENSE OF NGSS

  K-5 Educators & Coaches   1 day   $150

Experience what the three dimensions of NGSS can look like in the classroom. Looking for something for 6-12? See the description below. Participants go through immersive next-gen experiences, discussions, and more to address the following questions:

  • Overall, what is “NGSS” about and what does it look like in action?
  • What is three-dimensional teaching and learning?
  • What will it take to understand NGSS deeply and move the vision into practice?
  • What steps can my colleagues and I take to continue to learn about NGSS?


MAKING SENSE OF NGSS

  6-12 Educators & Coaches   1 day   $150

Experience what the three dimensions of NGSS can look like in the classroom. Looking for something for K-5? See the description above. Participants go through immersive next-gen experiences, discussions, and more to address the following questions:

  • Overall, what is “NGSS” about and what does it look like in action?
  • What is three-dimensional teaching and learning?
  • What will it take to understand NGSS deeply and move the vision into practice?
  • What steps can my colleagues and I take to continue to learn about NGSS?


ENGINEERING IS ELEMENTARY

  K-5 Educators & Coaches   Varies   Call

Get curriculum and training to integrate engineering and technology with science, language arts, social studies, and math via storybooks and hands-on design activities.

The Connecticut Science Center is the state’s official professional development provider for EiE®, a nationally renowned education project developed by the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. This award-winning, classroom-tested curriculum offers Educatorsa choice of 20 interdisciplinary units with engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply their earth science, physical science, and life science knowledge. To learn more about the modules used in EiE workshops, visit HERE.


CTE EXTERNSHIP

  CTE Teachers, School Counselors, and Administrators   See description   Free

This is a collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and the ReadyCT initiative of Connecticut Business and Industry Association. CTE Teachers, School Counselors, and Administrators work together as a team to gather insight into the current workforce to bring relevant, real-world context back to the classroom. Teams participate in four seminar sessions and three onsite workdays at local businesses throughout the school year.


  Anyone   Half-day   $200

Learn about laboratory chemical safety.
As part of the Connecticut Science Safety Network, we are proud to host a series of workshops for Educatorsand administrators. Workshops sponsored by CSSN in association with the Connecticut Science Center:

  • Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA)
  • Connecticut Science EducatorsAssociation
  • Connecticut Science Supervisors Association
  • Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society


PRACTICE OF NGSS

  K-5 Educators & Coaches   3 days   $575

Immerse as an adult learner to gain a holistic awareness of three-dimensional learning plus classroom strategies. Participate in multiple scenarios grounded in a range of content to explore different ways to realize the vision of the NGSS. Looking for something for 6-12? See our listing below. Questions to be addressed in this version include:

  • Why is rigorous science education important in elementary school?
  • What role do phenomena play in science learning and how do I pick them?
  • How can I use crosscutting concepts to enhance science learning?
  • What are some concrete ways that I can foster science learning that empowers even the youngest learners as sense-makers?

In addition, participants will have time to plan revisions to upcoming lessons with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

PRACTICE OF NGSS

  6-12 Educators & Coaches   3 days   $575

Immerse as an adult learner to gain a holistic awareness of three-dimensional learning plus classroom strategies. Participate in multiple scenarios grounded in a range of content to explore different ways to realize the vision of the NGSS. Looking for something for K-5? See our listing above. Questions to be addressed in this version include:

  • What role do phenomena play in science learning and how do I pick them?
  • How can I use crosscutting concepts to enhance science learning?
  • How can I use learning theory to help students engage more with science?
  • What are some concrete ways that I can foster science learning that empowers students as sense-makers?

In addition, participants will have time to plan revisions to upcoming lessons with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

ENGINEERING EQUITY

  K-12 Educators & Coaches   1 day   $200

Consider engineering in the NGSS as a component of core science learning and explore using engineering projects as an equity-building practice in science education. We will discuss questions such as:

  • What are some of the ways we may unknowingly maintain inequity?
  • Why is engineering considered part of core science learning in the NGSS?
  • What can engineering look like in an NGSS classroom?
  • What are some strategies to increase equity and support engineering learning?

In addition, participants put their learning into practice by collaboratively revising a classroom scenario to increase equity with support from Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

INSTITUTE FOR STEM TEACHING AND LEARNING

  K-8 Educators & Coaches   3 days   $575

Deepen your knowledge around engineering design and the relationships among science, technology, society, and the environment. Educators go through hands-on STEM experiences and meaningful discussions in order to address these questions:

  • What is STEM and why is it important for all students?
  • How can I engage, motivate, and excite STEM learners?
  • What are some concrete ways that I can foster STEM learning that empowers students as sense-makers?

In addition, participants shift and revise one of their own STEM lessons with support from colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

DIGGING DEEPER: A DCI UNPACKING PROCESS

  K-12 Educators & Coaches   60 minutes   $50

Understand what students really need to know by unpacking the standards.
Learn a guided process to better define needed learning and guide lesson planning. We’ll address questions like:

  • Why do I need to unpack the standards?
  • What questions do students need to answer in order to meet the desired learning goals?

THE POWER OF WONDER: LEVERAGING STUDENT QUESTIONING TO DRIVE A UNIT

  K-12 Educators   Two 90-minute modules   $100

Learn how to launch phenomena effectively and use student questioning to drive learning authentically and increase student engagement. Educators engage in a common virtual experience and analyze the importance of the gradual release of control from teacher to student. Questions to be addressed include:

  • What role do phenomena play in science learning and how do I pick them?
  • How do student questions about phenomena frame a unit and drive learning?

In addition, participants will have time to plan their own phenomenon launch with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

NGSS ASSESSMENT

  K-5 Educators, Coaches, & Administrators   1 day   $200

Explore NGSS assessment and create a fully NGSS-aligned three dimensional assessment. Looking for something for 6-12? See the workshop below. Educators explore attitudes around assessment, key features of NGSS assessments, and see examples to answer questions such as:

  • What is different about assessing K-5 students for NGSS?
  • Why is formative assessment important?
  • What do three dimensional assessments look like?

In addition, participants will have time to create a new summative assessment with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

NGSS ASSESSMENT

  6-12 Educators, Coaches, & Administrators   1 day   $200

Explore NGSS assessment and create a fully NGSS-aligned three dimensional assessment. Looking for something for K-5? See the workshop above. Educators explore attitudes around assessment, key features of NGSS assessments, and see examples to answer questions such as:

  • What is different about assessing 6-12 students for NGSS?
  • Why is formative assessment important?
  • What do three dimensional assessments look like?

In addition, participants will have time to create a new summative assessment with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE (VARIOUS TOPICS)

  K-12 Educators & Administrators   60-minutes   $25

Take a quick break from daily pressures to participate in a live, expertly-facilitated conversation about NGSS and related topics.

Our past topics include: Exploring the Science and Engineering Practices, Considering the Crosscutting Concepts, Confronting Misconceptions, and the Power of Questioning. Don’t see one that fits your school's needs? Reach out and see what else we have to offer!

PROVIDING EVIDENCE BASED FEEDBACK

  Administrators & Instructional Leaders   Half-day   $75

Take time to think about NGSS and three-dimensional learning and apply these ideas to supporting science teaching and learning. Through collaborative experiences and opportunities to apply your understanding of 3-dimensional teaching and learning, this offering addresses the following questions:

  • Overall, what is “NGSS” about? What can it look like?
  • What does NGSS look like in the classroom?
  • What feedback can I provide the educators with whom I work to support their ability to shift their instruction?
  • Where can I find resources to support my teachers?

NGSS DISTRICT TRANSITION PLANNING

  District Planning Teams   1 day   Call

Take time as a district team to plan or extend your implementation of NGSS. Dive into the vision represented by NGSS and the necessity of multi-year implementation plans. We will consider the following questions:

  • What are key considerations in any organizational level change?
  • What is so different about NGSS and why does implementation require a multi-year plan?

In addition, teams will have time to outline a multi-year district NGSS implementation plan with the support of colleagues from other districts and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

INQUIRY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING WORKSHOP SERIES: YEAR 1



  K-12 Educators, Coaches, & Administrators   5 days   $1500

Engage deeply in inquiry-based pedagogy through a series of multi-day immersion workshops and follow-up support. This series is fully compatible with the latest standards and provides a common pedagogical framework that can be applied to the design of lessons in all subject areas.

Year 1 - Introduction to Inquiry Workshop: The Introduction to Inquiry professional development workshop is the first of three workshops in the Inquiry Teaching and Learning series. This workshop will create and support an environment in which participants immerse themselves in activities as learners. Using these common experiences, participants make meaning of the modeled attitudes and strategies to deepen their own understanding of inquiry.

In addition, participants have time to create an outline of a multi-day inquiry lesson for their classrooms with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists. Later, follow-up workshops and embedded lesson coaching with CSC Specialists can support putting workshop principles into practice.

INQUIRY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING WORKSHOP SERIES: YEAR 2



  K-12 Educators, Coaches, & Administrators   5 days   $1500

Engage deeply in inquiry-based pedagogy through a series of multi-day immersion workshops and follow-up support. This series is fully compatible with the latest standards and provides a common pedagogical framework that can be applied to the design of lessons in all subject areas.

Year 2 - Classroom Applications Workshop: In this next installment of the series, participants focus on additional classroom strategies for implementing inquiry-based lessons, experience more examples of inquiry, and explore classroom culture.

Participants have time to create a new, detailed, multi-day inquiry lesson for their classrooms with the support of colleagues and written feedback of Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

Only participants who have previously attended the Introduction to Inquiry Workshop are eligible to attend this workshop.

INQUIRY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING WORKSHOP SERIES: YEAR 3

  K-12 Educators, Coaches, & Administrators   3 days   $975

Engage deeply in inquiry-based pedagogy through a series of multi-day immersion workshops and follow-up support. This series is fully compatible with the latest standards and provides a common pedagogical framework that can be applied to the design of lessons in all subject areas.

Year 3 - Formative Assessment Workshop: This workshop focuses on the roles of formative assessment in supporting inquiry learning.

Participants create formative assessments to use with their inquiry-based units with the support of colleagues and Connecticut Science Center Professional Learning Specialists.

Only participants who have previously attended the Introduction to Inquiry and Classroom Application workshops are eligible to attend this workshop.

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