Professional Development

Liberty Science Center recognizes that many teachers face new challenges as they seek to effectively implement standards-based instruction while adapting to online and hybrid learning. We partner with teachers, schools, and districts to offer highly interactive professional development programs that emphasize evidence-based learning, exploration of science phenomena, and scientific discourse.

Experience our engaging and capacity-building professional development programs, and utilize new tools and techniques in your science teaching. Our programs can be delivered online and in-person.

Browse the different dates below, and then select a program to purchase:

Dec. 17, 2020

Phenomena Based Classrooms

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

Explore NGSS (NJSLS-S) phenomena, which are designed to motivate students to figure out why something happens in order to build three-dimensional understanding. We will explore phenomena rooted in compelling real-world situations, including hands-on investigations and local exploration.

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Jan. 14, 2021

OpenSciEd Science Curriculum Overview

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: 6-8

Participants will explore the educational rationale and learning strategies that are the foundation of the OpenSciEd science curriculum for Grades 6 - 8. OpenSciEd is designed with NGSS three-dimensional learning as its foundation and student sense-making as its primary focus. Educators will participate in sample phenomena, discussing both the importance of teacher and student roles, and gain a good understanding of the overall learning process in OpenSciEd.

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Jan. 28, 2021

Asking Questions and Planning Investigations

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

This workshop focuses on two Science and Engineering practices: Asking Questions and Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. Engage in different questioning protocols and participate in investigations that highlight the synergy of these two practices. Reflect on the inquiry-based science investigations in order to modify existing science lessons.

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Feb. 11, 2021

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

Investigate ideas through the science practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data as well as the Crosscutting Concept of Patterns. Engage in hands-on activities and carry out investigations that highlight the importance of qualitative and quantitative data in science learning. Reflect on these investigations to plan modifications of current science lessons.

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Feb. 25, 2021

Evidence Based Explanations and Argumentation

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

Focus on two high-leverage Science Practices: Constructing Explanations and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Conduct investigations that require collecting data and other evidence that will form the foundation for constructing explanations and engaging in evidence-based science argumentation. Based on this learning, modify existing science lessons to be better aligned to the NGSS (NJSLS-S).

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March 11, 2021

Integrating NGSS with Common Core ELA and Math Standards

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-8

Explore learning synergies between the NGSS (NJSJS-S), the Common Core ELA (NJSLS-ELA), and Common Core Math Standards (NJSLS-Math) for Grades K - 8. Engage in student-centered investigations which illustrate Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information. Gain mastery in modifying existing science lessons to emphasize connections between these disciplines.

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March 25, 2021

Engineering is Elementary Overview

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-5

This research-based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving Grades K - 5 students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS-based Engineering Practices.

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April 15, 2021

Investigating Climate Change and Human Impact on Ecosystems

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: 5-8

Engage in Critical Science and Engineering Practices (e.g., Developing and Using models, Asking Questions) while building content knowledge to support teaching climate change and human impact on ecosystems. Explore and discuss how to effectively structure inquiry while using science practices to build an understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.

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April 29, 2021

Design Thinking for STEM Educators

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-8

Learn how to unite science investigations, engineering, and design thinking as you explore how to develop students’ creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Engage in design challenges and discuss how to leverage design thinking to support national standards and 21st-century skills.

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May 6, 2021

Best Practices: Teaching with Zoom

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

As educators adapt to the online learning environment, this workshop engages them in the effective use of the Zoom platform. Using a sample STEM lesson, we’ll discuss Zoom functionality and remote learning and teaching strategies.

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May 20, 2021

Inquiry Based Learning in STEM and Humanities

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-8

Deepen your understanding of how inquiry-based learning looks in STEM and humanities classrooms. Participants will experience sample inquiry lessons that connect across disciplines and learn to facilitate student sense-making.

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June 3, 2021

Computational Thinking for STEM Educators

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: 3-8

Explore the major competencies in computational thinking (i.e., pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, and algorithms), experience hands-on STEM activities that support those domains, and purposefully incorporate computational thinking into existing lessons.

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For more information, call 201.253.1214, email groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.