NGSS In Action: Science and Engineering in your Community
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* call for students to use the practices, concepts and content of science and engineering to understand phenomena and solve problems that are relevant to their lives. Starting from a student’s own experiences and community makes the science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. In this series of four workshops we examine how you can use the new science standards and your community to understand and address real world environmental problems and explore together how to integrate NGSS into your district’s classroom science units. To get more of a glimpse into the series, check out this blog post.
Participants who attend multiple sessions in the series will benefit from the progression and have opportunities to discuss successes and challenges with the group. Registering for and attending all sessions is not required, but we hope you will!
STEM Clock Hours are provided. OSPI is funding stipends for public school teachers. Public school teachers who complete a follow up survey will receive a $60 stipend per 3-hour workshop attended ($125 for full day workshops). Full day sessions also include lunch and free childcare (for ages 4 and up but they need to bring their own sack lunch).
There is also funding for us to provide some schools additional support with on-site planning sessions and assistance in taking your students outside. More details about additional support will be provided at each workshop.
* Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this PD series, and do not endorse it.
The Workshops in the Series:
Venture outside the walls of the classroom to find local environmental phenomena that can anchor your classroom science unit. Explore with us the big picture of Next Generation Science Standards “three dimensional” science learning and then get hands on with the Science and Engineering Practices as you use them to build an understanding of an example phenomenon in our “schoolyard.” You’ll leave this workshop with ideas and examples you can use in your own classroom science curriculum.
Full Day Sessions (9am to 4pm):
- August 25 at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville (completed)
- October 27 at the King County South Plant Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton (completed)
- November 10 at Maple Lawn Elementary in Sumner (completed)
Mapping neighborhood assets, opportunities, and problems can engage students more deeply in science and engineering. In this workshop you’ll learn how system models, looking for patterns, and observing change over time can help students investigate and map their community. Local ecosystems, water flow, and community assets are some of many possible areas for your mapping efforts. By the end of this workshop you’ll have strategies to use in mapping your community and ideas for how you can use the information gathered.
½ Day Sessions (9 am to noon):
How does engineering relate to solving problems in your community? Learn how IslandWood is using the engineering design process to help students investigate local stormwater problems, seek stakeholders’ input, and develop solutions. Then, explore what is involved in putting student ideas into action including possible real-world constraints, practical small-scale solutions potential partners and mini-grant options. We'll work together to figure out a plan for the topics and students you teach.
Full Day Sessions (9am to 4pm):
Would you like to learn more about how urban water systems actually work? Are you curious how water systems, the impacts of climate change, and related conservation issues can interest your students and integrate with NGSS? Join us to learn about wastewater and stormwater systems (may include tours of facilities, depending on the site) and then workshop how you might use this content in your classroom. Appropriate for all 4th-12th grade teachers.
½ Day Sessions (9am to noon):
- November 3rd at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville (completed)
- November 17 at the King County South Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton (completed)
- January 12 at the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup
OSPI is also funding additional work with a smaller number of schools in the PSESD & OESD regions. This work includes additional on-site support with planning and assistance in incorporating local phenomena into YOUR curriculum and taking your students outside. More details about additional support possiblities will be provided at each workshop.