Our first Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) webinar (via Skype) is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th at 4:30 pm. As you're now aware, the new standards have three "dimensions"- the core content, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. The SEPs are not only embedded into the new CT&LS standards, but they are also a major component of our Balanced Instructional document. How can we shift our instruction to provide students with opportunities to use these practices? Join us during this 30-minute webinar investigation of the first practice, "Asking Questions and Defining Problems," by clicking this link: www.tinyurl.com/SEPwebinar1
The webinars occur on the second Wednesday of every month:
September 13th- Developing and Using Models
October 11th- Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
November 8th- Analyzing and Interpreting Data
January 10th- Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking
February 13th*- Constructing Explanations, Arguing From Evidence (will occur on Tues.)
March 14th- Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Open to any 8th Grade Physical Science teacher, this district PLC will meet face-to-face every other month and online during interim months. Deepen your physical science content knowledge, practice implementing lessons aligned to the new standards, and collaborate with other teachers from around the district. Participants are expected to attend at least five of the seven sessions.
Meeting dates include:
August 14th, 5:15-6:45 pm
September 11th, Online
October 9th, 5:15-6:45 pm
November 13th, Online
January 8th, 5:15-6:45 pm
February 12th, Online
March 19th, 5:15-6:45 pm
All face-to-face meetings are at the District Office: 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 Conference Room 230. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8thGradeSciencePLC
HATponics will be hosting a STEM Camp for educators from August 18 to August 20, 2017 at their farm in Rossville, GA. Camp is open to beginners for certification as Aquaponics Educator I, as well as returning educators seeking Aquaponics Educator II qualifications. Registration is limited to no more than 30 participants and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Please remit registration to Emily Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday August 9, as they need to plan meals with dietary restrictions in mind.
Please remit payment by Wednesday, August 9 to:
PO Box 8113
Chattanooga, TN 37414
Want to learn more about the new Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards for Science (Georgia Standards of Excellence)? Learn at your own pace this summer using our new GSE Notebooks. The notebooks focus specifically on the Science and Engineering Practices embedded in the standards and what they look like in instruction.
Elementary GSE Notebook: http://tinyurl.com/ElementarySciGSEnotebook
Middle/High School GSE Notebook: http://tinyurl.com/SecondarySciGSEnotebook
Cobb science teachers-- spend a day or two with us this summer getting acquainted with the new science standards and resources written for you by Cobb teachers. The Engage Cobb summer conference takes place June 13th, 14th, and 15th. Register here: https://www.tinyurl.com/engagecobb
Elementary school teachers: Join us for half a day on either June 13th or 14th.
Middle and high school teachers: Join us for the two-day deep dive on June 13th AND 14th to really dig into to the seven science and engineering practices incorporated into the new standards by doing lessons written by Cobb teachers. Or, if you can only join us for one day, you can participate in a shortened one day session on EITHER June 13th or 14th (repeated two days).
This is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the new standards roll-out in August-- we hope to see you there!
Join us at the Georgia Tech observatory on Thursday, March 9th to see the moon and Orion nebula, plus hear a short talk from Dr. Jim Sowell. If you've never been to the observatory, it offers one of the best views of Atlanta and the telescope is impressive in its magnification. The observatory is on top of the Howey Physics building. There is a parking lot (it costs about $5 to park) in front of the building. For driving directions and more information, visit http://www.astronomy.gatech.edu/calendar/index.php.
Date: 03/09/2017 (Thu.)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Location: Georgia Tech- Howey Physics Building
Register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054BA4AD229-science2
If you were not able to join us live for the third webinar about the new GSE/CT & LS standards, you can watch the archived version here:
ES teachers: http://bit.ly/sci_ctls_webinar_3ES
MS/HS teachers: http://bit.ly/MSHSSciWebinar3
The face-to-face follow up training for this webinar will occur on Tuesday, February 28th from 3:15-4:45 (ES teachers) and 5:00-6:30 (MS/HS teachers) at your choice of Big Shanty Elementary or Hawthorne. You will experience a new lesson written with the GSE standards and learn about resources you can use to start writing your own. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2FPhase3
In order to prepare teachers to use the new Georgia Standards of Excellence, members of our Science Ambassador team and other teacher leaders are being filmed using the new standards with their students. The purpose of these videos is to see each Science and Engineering Practice in action, understanding the expectations of students and teachers. Eventually, all seven practices at each grade level will be filmed. Currently we have two videos available:
Developing and Using Models (ES example):
Constructing an Explanation (MS example):
Elementary (Grades 3-5) teachers-- please join us on Thursday, February 16th for our Quarter 4 Preview Training. We'll meet at Hawthorne from 3:15-4:45 to examine quarter 4 standards and engaging ideas for instruction, such as literacy connections and Title I hands-on kits. Register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aeae2fa20-elementary