Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Science: Statewide PD

The ADE Science Unit is responsible for development of professional development opportunities for new and experienced science educators. These opportunities are available through the Educational Service Cooperatives and University STEM Centers

2017-2018 Science Professional Development

*State-initiated Science PD Opportunities

Grasping Phenomenal Science (GPS) for Grades K-4:  Navigating from Standards to Instruction

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.

Two follow-up PD days will be offered along with opportunities for classroom-level support.  Connections to TESS: 1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e

 

Grasping Phenomenal Science (GPS) for Grades 5-8:  Navigating from Standards to Instruction

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.  An introduction to the optional Accelerated Science Course Pathway will be included.

Two follow-up PD days will be offered along with opportunities for classroom-level support.  Connections to TESS: 1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e

 

Grasping Phenomenal Science (GPS) for Grades 9-12 (Biology):  Navigating from Standards to Instruction

During this two-day opportunity, educators will engage in phenomenon-based investigations 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.  Connections to TESS: 1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e

 

Grasping Phenomenal Science (GPS) for Grades 9-12 (Physical Science and Chemistry):  Navigating from Standards to Instruction

During this two-day opportunity, educators will engage in phenomenon-based investigations aligned to the new Physical Science - Integrated and Chemistry - Integrated courses.  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.  Connections to TESS: 1a, 1d, 1e, 3a-e, 4a, 4e

 

*These opportunities, in particular the K-4 and 5-8 sessions, may be offered regionally as science conferences coordinated by area educational cooperatives and/or university STEM centers. Check with the science specialist at your local cooperative or STEM center for dates and locations or search escWorks.

Supporting Science PD Opportunities

  • Arkansas IDEAS  - Several new science PD opportunities are available through the Arkansas IDEAS learning management portal including:
    • DLB15002 - Disciplinary Literacy: Big Shifts in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 7-12
    • SSC15028 - A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning
    • LAC15041 - Shifts in Science Education: Standards, Curriculum and Instruction (for school administrators)
    • SIC15047 - Elementary Science Safety and Lab Guidelines
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Mackey, Science Program Manager

Arkansas Department of Education
Dawson Education Cooperative
711 Clinton St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Work:  870-246-3077
Cell: 501-467-0124
Email: Catherine.Mackey@arkansas.gov

 

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