GPS for Biology: Navigating from Standards to Instruction

Come experience the vision for the high school science!  *NEW LESSON EXPERIENCES & PHENOMENA*
During this three-day opportunity, educators will engage in phenomenon-based investigation aligned to the new Biology-Integrated course. Student-focused learning through the application of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted.

  • Two follow-up PD days will be offered along with opportunities for classroom-level support.
  • Participation in all three days of this session meets the ADE requirement for Pre-Advanced Placement Science (Pre-AP) teacher certification or recertification.
  • TESS components addressed for this workshop include:  1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e
  • PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A DEVICE.

GPS for Biology: Navigating from Standards to Instruction
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Thursday, June 28, 2018
8:30 am -3:30 pm
Grades 9 – 12
Cost: FREE

Click here to register for 3 days GPS Biology Workshop

GPS for Grades 5-8: Navigating from Standards to Instruction

Come experience the vision for middle school science!   *NEW LESSON EXPERIENCES & PHENOMENA*
During this three-day opportunity, educators will explore science phenomena, reflect on instructional strategies, and make connections to the new Arkansas K-12 Science Standards. Student-focused learning through the application of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted.  This PD is revised every year and is a progression of learning based on the year of implementation for the targeted grade band. Shifting instruction to meet the needs of today’s’ learner as well as support for success on the ACT Aspire and ACT Test.

  • Two follow-up PD days will be offered along with opportunities for classroom-level support.
  • Participation in all three days of this session meets the ADE requirement for Pre-Advanced Placement Science (Pre-AP) teacher certification or recertification.
  • This session DOES NOT fulfil the ADE licensure requirements to teach high school Physical Science – Integrated for high school credit at the 8th-grade level.
  • TESS components addressed for this workshop include:  1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A DEVICE.

GPS for Grades 5-8: Navigating from Standards to Instruction
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Friday, July 13, 2018
8:30 am -3:30 pm
Grades 5 – 8
Cost: FREE

Click here to register for 3 days GPS 5-8 Workshop

GPS for Grades K-4: Navigating from Standards to Instruction

Come experience the vision for K-4 science!  *NEW LESSON EXPERIENCES & PHENOMENA*
During this two-day opportunity, educators will explore the Arkansas K-4 science standards by engaging in grade-specific investigations.  Student-focused learning through the integration of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted. This PD is revised every year and is a progression of learning based on the year of implementation for the targeted grade band.  Shifting instruction to meet the needs of today’s’ learner as well as support for success on the ACT Aspire and ACT Test.

  • Two follow-up PD days will be offered along with opportunities for classroom-level support.
  • TESS components addressed for this workshop include:  1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e
  • PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A DEVICE.

GPS for Grades K-4: Navigating from Standards to Instruction
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:30 am -3:30 pm
Grades K – 4
Cost: FREE

Click here to register for 2 days GPS K-4 workshop

EiE: Highly Engaging. Cross Curricular Integration. & Do GLOBE! Get Students Engaged in Real Science Research & More

This learner-driven workshop is designed to build your knowledge of engineering and your confidence in teaching it. You’ll get hands-on experience with EiE materials and insights into the most effective strategies for teaching the curriculum.

 

A field-based workshop designed around the International GLOBE program dealing with data collection, data analysis, measurement, data input, and observations. The GLOBE Program enables teachers and their classes to engage in a scientific exploration of the Earth as a system, collaborating with other teachers and students from around the world. Engage young minds in exploring the world around them

KINDERGARTEN – 6TH GRADE PD                   
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost $50

Click here to register for July 17, 2018 K-6 workshops

CANCELLED!

Gotta Catch’em All: Real Learning with Mixed Reality

Capture all your students’ attention and extend their learning using Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. During this session, participants will learn about and play with augmented and virtual reality applications that encourage students to explore, research, interact with information, and show what they’ve learned. These tools can be added to your teacher toolbox instantly and your classroom will never be the same.

KINDERGARTEN – 6TH GRADE PD                  
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost $50

Click here to register for July 18, 2018 K-6 workshop

CANCELLED!

ADI 101: Introduction to Argument-Driven Inquiry Instruction Model

During this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by participating in all eight stages of an ADI lab investigation from start to finish. The participants will then have time to reflect on their experiences during the lab investigation and ask clarifying questions. Finally, the participants will see how ADI is aligned with the state standards for Science and English-Language Arts and learn about ways to support students during each stage of the approach.  Each participant receives ADI Lab Ebook for his/her content area.

7th – 12th GRADE PD             
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Grades 7 – 12
Cost: $150

Click here to register for ADI on July 18, 2018

Evidence and Explanation: Implementing Science Practices Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources

Use free, classroom-ready resources to teach concepts in biology and environmental science as part of this all-day workshop! We will demonstrate and reflect on techniques for teaching topics in ecology, including data analysis and constructing explanations. This session is appropriate for all levels of high school biology and environmental science. Middle school teachers are welcome to attend.

 

7th – 12th GRADE PD                   
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost FREE

Click here to register for HHMI on July 17, 2018

UCA-Science in Action IX South Side and Wonderview 2018-19

Funding Agency: Arkansas Committed to Education Foundation and administered by the Arkansas STEM Coalition

PI: Dr. Umadevi Garimella

Amount: $6,600

Time period: 1/01/2019 – 12/30/2019

UCA STEM received the Commitment to Excellence Grant titled “UCA-Science in Action IX South Side and Wonderview 2018” for promoting STEM education in Arkansas classrooms grades 3-6. South Side and Wonderview elementary schools are the partner schools. Each received approximately $3,000 worth of science equipment based on the science content needs of the students and the teachers. The UCA science specialist, Nicole Martin, will provide the professional development necessary to increase the teachers’ content and instructional skills in science. The professional development will be provided at the school site and in the student classrooms with the teacher teaming with the content specialists to learn how to use the equipment and how to deliver inquiry-based lessons.

Excellence In Elementary School Science (EESS K-4) [COMPLETED]

Excellence in Elementary School Science (EESS)

Math and Science Partnership grant project

A Special Professional Development for K-4 Teachers – maximum of 30 teachers

The main goal of the project is to enhance teacher content knowledge and teaching skills that prepare students for success in the new science standards. The program proposes to offer teacher professional development science initiatives that will enhance learning progressions and support the coordination of the AR science standards, curriculum, instructional practices and multiple forms of assessment. The science initiatives will align with the comprehensive implementation plan developed by the state implementation team.

More information about the project and list of partners

 Location: University of Central Arkansas, Main Hall 214

Tentative Dates: Saturday meetings: January 21; Feb 4; March 11; May 6

Tentative Summer Institute: June 12-16; July 10-13

Teachers will receive:

  • 60 hrs of PD including 6 hrs of technology credit
  • Up to $1,800 ($150/day) stipend and $350 worth books and materials
  • Classroom support from UCA faculty

 Commitment from the teacher:

  • Attend 4 Saturdays of training during academic year
  • 9 days summer institute
  • Complete the required assignments
  • $100 registration fee
  • Pre/post assessment
  • Student data

Register on-line for the program:
http://tinyurl.com/eesstreatmentyear2