Virtual: Next Generation Science Standards Part 2: Practices and Themes

August 14, 2023

Now open to all Yeshiva/Day School educators in New York State!

NGSS Part 2: Practices and Themes

This second session will have teachers focus more on the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) and Crosscutting Concepts (CC). Whereas the Disciplinary core Ideas focus on what to teach, the SEPs and CCs focus on how to teach it, how to speak about science, and how class time should be allocated. We throw around terms like inquiry-based learning and student-centered instruction, and the SEPs and CCs often have the answers as to what that might look like with details on what to expect from students in different grade bands.

In this session, we will focus on the pedagogy aspects of the standards starting with Asking Questions and Defining Problems (SEP 1) through a model lesson, observe a lesson around Developing and Using Models (SEP 2), and discuss best practices to launching the 2023-24 school year. Opportunities to finish plans and pacing for the year with the Catapult coach will be provided.

 Other Details:

  • This session will occur 3 times in 1 day for different grade levels. 

         K-2: 10 AM - 11:45 AM

         3-5: 2 PM- 3:45 PM

         6-8: 12 PM - 1:45 PM

  • CTLE credits are available upon request.

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About the presenter: 

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Jonathan Tam is currently a Catapult Learning Academic Content Consultant in Science and a Doctoral Student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the field of Science Education. For the last 10 years, he has worked in the field of education as a secondary science and math educator, a technology and science professional development instructor, and a writer/organizer of teacher-powered work.