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Science Training on the Program and Studies and CC 4.1
Districts are beginning to align science curriculum based on the revised Program of Studies and Core Content Version 4.1. However, although most districts and schools have provided an overview of the documents and copies to teachers, few districts indicate that they have expertise to provide training to their science teachers on how to effective use the documents and answer their content specific questions.
In an effort to assist your science teachers with this task we are offering training for science K-12 teachers that will be scheduled and hosted at your school or district site. This training has been designed with input from KDE Science Consultants.
A flyer outlining the session, which could be conducted during a full day release, can be accessed by going to http://www.arsi.org/registration/poscc41/flyer-update3.pdf.
If your school or district is interested in scheduling this training, please contact Becky Smith whose contact information is on the flyer. These session will be available during the 2006-2008 academic years and during the Summer of 2008.
Environmental Science Summer Institute
The Paul F-Brandwein Institute is seeking science teachers who are currently engaged in field-based (outside of the classroom) investigations. Are you interested in becoming a participant in a ten-day all expenses paid summer leadership program in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania? Teacher participants will receive follow-up grants to advance teaching and learning field sciences.
Applications are being accepted for the summer institute that will take place July 18-28, 2002. By February 2002, twenty of the nation?s outstanding teachers will be selected to attend the summer institute along with field scientists and resource specialists. The goal of the institute is to develop teacher and scientist mentors who will share their expertise with colleagues and their students nationwide. Portions of the program will take place at the Pocono Environmental Education Center located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Teacher participants will utilize National Park Service resources as an outdoor teaching and learning laboratory.
For more information on the program, or to download an application, visit the website at http://www.brandwein.org or contact John (Jack) Padalino at 845-856-8230.
Virtual Mathematics Academy
Developed by PBS and NCTM, the Virtual Mathematics Academy is an online extension of the face-to-face institutes. It provides video, interactive computer activities, online discussion, and more. Access to this professional development is available completely free of charge.
Global Connections Online
National Semiconductor sponsors free web-based training for K-12 teachers on using the internet effectively with students. Can start anytime. http://www.national.com/training/
Elementary Teachers Needed
NSTA is seeking elementary teachers interested in helping with a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project in partnership with the National Teachers Enhancement Network. The project will create professional development mini-courses to be delivered online for elementary teachers who use kit-based science curricula such as Full Option Science System (FOSS), Insights, or Science Technology and Children (STC).
Committee participants should have web access, familiarity with the web, and experience teaching a minimum of one kit-based unit.
Interested elementary teachers should send a brief e-mail message that contains their mailing address and decribes their experience with kit-based curricula to NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.