The Cobb County Science Department is pleased to offer science-specific professional learning sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers at STEMaPalooza this June 18th-20th at Kennesaw Mountain High School. These sessions cover everything from 3-D science instruction and assessment to science literacy. More information and registration details are available at http://www.stemcobb.com/stemapalooza.html. Additionally, for those teachers who are interested, a 2-day intensive workshop with Project Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree is available on June 18th-19th. Sign up here: http://www.stemcobb.com/special-registration-workshops.html.
There are also many PL opportunities for teachers through our local university and community partners:
June 12-13- University of West Georgia- SunPower for Schools Solar Workshop
June 24-27- Georgia Tech/CEISMC- AMP-IT-UP 6th Grade Science workshop
Continue to check our website for the most up-to-date list of workshops!
Join teachers from around the state for the 2019 Georgia BioEd Institute Summer Biotech Immersion program, sponsored by UCB, Inc. from June 3-7, 2019 at Paulding County High School. Get the skills and confidence you need to provide meaningful biotech laboratory experiences for your students.
Led by Marc and Tricia Pedersen, the 2017 and 2019 Georgia Bio Teachers of the Year, participants will practice everything from preparing solutions and using sterile technique, to extracting DNA, transforming bacteria, running PCR and ELISA, and more, all in the context of Georgia's bioscience industry and careers.
Participants will receive a $300 stipend, plus lunch daily. Space is limited. Applications are due by May 8, 2019. For more details and to submit an application, visit the online application page at: https://gabio.formstack.com/forms/sbi2019
The 2019 Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 Summer Workshop is accepting registrations from middle school earth and life science teachers interested in exploring the topic of marine science as it connects to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The workshop will be held at the Marine Institute at Sapelo Island and will involve hands-on activities. Teachers will also be introduced to 1-week ready-to-use classroom modules created by Georgia Tech with support from the National Science Foundation* and the ECOGIG project. Through lectures by faculty, break-out discussion and lesson planning sessions, and hands-on lab and field exercises, the 4-day course (July 14-17, 2019) will disseminate teaching modules developed around cutting-edge marine science. Modules consist of lesson plans and project learning exercises that address key marine topics, such as ocean food webs, oil spills, and ocean salinity and oxygen shifts in response to global change. Click here for more information.
The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center is hosting several professional learning opportunities for teachers this spring and summer:
WILD/WET/PLT Triple Facilitator Workshop- March 15-16th: (prices dependent on choice of meals each day, lodging and program materials) Learn how to conduct workshops to train other educators in your area for all three of the Projects. You must have completed educator training in WILD, WET, or PLT prior to attending this workshop. Registration form.
Project Wild/Growing UP WILD Educator workshop – April 13th: $58 (includes lunch and program materials) Get the best of both worlds with Project WILD and Growing UP WILD. With these two curriculum guides, you will have access to over 200 activities for grades K-12 that demonstrate best practices in Environmental Education. Registration form.
Teacher Conservation Workshop -June 17-21: $50 (includes meals, lodging, and program materials) - The workshop focuses on topics related to forestry and natural resources management. With field experiences at a lumber mill, tree farm, and a logging site, educators get immersed with content to bring back to the classroom. Participants also are certified in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET. Registration form.
Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School (OWLS) July 8-12: $150 (includes meals, lodging, and program materials) This workshop, part of a three-part series, discovers the Blue Ridge and Ridge and Valley Ecoregions through field trips and experiences such as snorkeling in the Amicalola River, discussing black bear research, and by visiting a fish hatchery. Registration form.
Are you a high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth/Environmental Science teacher who is looking for a way to make your subject matter relevant and come alive? Then Science Teachers @ Tech Day is for you! This event at Georgia Tech involves cutting edge lab tours, collaboration with your peers to complete an authentic college-level freshman lab activity, conversations with Georgia Tech students about how to prepare your students for college, and enjoying the fun and excitement of science! Registration for the event is required and the cost of the event is $100. Interested teachers can register at https://apps.ideal-logic.com/ceismc. If there are any questions, please contact Tiarra Moore at email@example.com.
Interested in becoming a facilitator for Georgia Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree? Join us for The annual Triple Facilitator Training will take place August 22-23, 2018 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Don't miss this opportunity to become certified to lead workshops for all three programs!
Please register by August 7th. Registration information available at projectwet.ga.gov
Adding Muscle to Your Science
Register now to learn from Marlee Tierce on July 10th and 11th at this Cobb K-12 Science PL Workshop. Let's spend some time figuring out the how, why, and what of 3 dimensional instructing and learning in science. We'll jump into what is available, run through some samples, add weight to our expectations as we climb to new heights of understanding how the brain learns. We will build on what we know about anchoring phenomenon to develop storylines that fit the GSE in science with no sweat. You will work together to discover a plan that will give you a boost in the next school year.
June 5th-6th STEM Institute Overview:
Please join us in Warner Robbins for the 2018 GYSTC Summer STEM institute. We know that summer is the only real time for you to relax, reflect, and consider how to build your repertoire of effective learning experiences. The institute will be hands-on and exploratory from the start. We want you to take the time to try out lessons that we’ve found to be fun and super engaging with kids.
Each exploration will emphasize the new Georgia Standards of Excellence while also showing how to incorporate both engineering practices and crosscutting concepts into our instruction (the 3-D approach). At the institute, you will receive multiple grade-specific lesson plans, STEM Challenges, resources, and even some hands-on materials to go back and try with your students. We will also introduce and delve into the Supplemental Curriculum Guides produced by GYSTC.
The Summer STEM Institute will include a focus on:
Innovative STEM Solution Projects
These projects will feature 3-D, 5E approach and they will include a ground-breaking lesson that will actively engage students in key science phenomena. From topics such as Analyzing the Energy of Sound Waves to Riveting Robotics and Computer Coding, these projects will model how teachers can energetically involve students in STEM related endeavors.
Super STEM Challenges
STEM challenges take students from identifying a problem—or a design challenge—to creating and developing a solution. Each challenge is centered around the engineering design process as they immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration. Teachers will try out multiple challenges many of which will be specific to their grade level and standards.
Grade Level Breakouts and Supplemental Resource Guides
During grade level breakout sessions, we will explore GYSTC supplemental resource guides that enhance instruction of the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science. The guides are designed to complement, and not supplant, other resources available at your school. Most lessons incorporate a 3-D approach to science instruction integrating core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices.
Register here: https://gystc.org/2018-summer-stem-institute/
CCSD has adopted new content resources for science and social studies. All K-5 teachers are required to attend a half-day training during post-planning or over the summer and will be paid a $50 stipend (for summer sessions). During the session, half the time will be spent covering science resources and half the time will be spent covering social studies resources. Teachers can choose to attend either a morning session (7:30 AM – 11:30 AM) OR an afternoon session (12:30 PM – 4:30 PM) on one of the following dates:
May 24 or 25 (Post Planning) @ KSU Center (*no stipend)
June 11 @ McClure MS
June 12 @ McClure MS
June 13 @ McClure MS
June 14 @ McClure MS
July 9 @ McClure MS
July 10 @ McClure MS
July 11 @ McClure MS
July 12 @ McClure MS
(Note: If you teach multiple grade levels, just choose one session to attend)
Summer just got scintillating! Several sessions of an advanced / facilitator workshop on “3-D Science in the Schoolyard” will be offered in locations across Georgia. These three-day workshops and one-day fall and spring follow-up sessions are designed for science content specialists, curriculum developers, STEM coordinators, RESA staff, and outstanding science teachers with prior training and experience in “3-Dimensional Science” who are interested in re-delivering this professional learning to teachers in their areas.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have tools, resources, strategies and supplies to conduct professional learning workshops that increase teacher capacity to use nature as a context for phenomenon-based learning, including observation, asking questions, conducting investigations that integrate crosscutting concepts with science and engineering practices to make sense of core ideas, constructing evidence-based explanations, and implementing projects to solve related, real-world environmental problems.
Applicants who are selected to attend will receive a scholarship for workshop registration, lunches, lodging and evening meals (if more than 40 miles from home), as well as access to lesson frameworks and ecoSTEM kits, mini-grants for implementation of student-led projects, a distance learning course to use with individual teachers or professional learning communities, tools for facilitating project-based learning, and assessment instruments. The application process opens May 8, 2018. Space is limited. Register here: https://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/pl-workshop-3-d-science-in-the-schoolyard/