NJSLS-S Master Teacher Institute

This professional development series offers comprehensive training for teachers in incorporating the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) in the classroom.

The content of these hands-on, interactive sessions can be customized for elementary, middle school, or high school teachers. The workshops are also offered à la carte, upon request.

To make a reservation or for more information, call 201.253.1310 or email us at sales@lsc.org.

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Our course offerings are:

NJSLS (Science) Overview: Teaching Science in Three Dimensions
This workshop introduces the NJSLS (Science), highlighting key shifts in content and practices that the new standards bring to classrooms. Educators will become familiar with teaching through the three strands of NJSLS (Science): Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts.

Asking Questions and Science Investigation Design/Implementation
Focus: The first and third Science Practices: Asking Questions and Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. Take part in NJSLS (Science)-based investigations that highlight the efficacy of these two Science Practices. Reflect on the science investigations in order to modify existing science lessons to be aligned to these Science Practices.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Focus: The Science Practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data as well as the Crosscutting Concept of Patterns. Conduct science investigations that highlight the importance of data in science teaching and learning. Reflect on these investigations to plan modifications of current science lessons for best NJSLS (Science) alignment.

Developing and Using Models
Focus: The Science Practice of Developing and Using Models as well as the Crosscutting Concept of Systems and System Models. Deepen understanding of these aspects of NJSLS (Science) and participate in engaging science lessons. Upon reflection on the workshop sample investigations, modify existing science lessons in order to make them better aligned to NJSLS (Science).

Evidence-Based Explanations and Argumentation
Focus, two 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, modifying existing science lessons to be better aligned to NJSLS (Science).

Teaching Science with Crosscutting Concepts
Focus: Crosscutting Concepts across the various Disciplinary Core Ideas. Take part in exemplary science investigations that highlight various aspects of these concepts, then modify existing science lessons to be better aligned to NJSLS (Science).

Planning NJSLS (Science) Aligned Science Units and Lessons
Focus: Planning a unit of lessons that align to the three strands of the NJSLS (Science). Engage in science investigations that are part of the sample science unit. Then reflect on this learning and modify existing science lessons to be better aligned to NJSLS (Science).

Integrating NJSLS (Science) with Common Core ELA and Math Standards
Focus: Learning synergies between NJSLS (Science) and Common Core ELA and Math Standards. Engage in exemplary investigations which illustrate Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, and Obtaining Evaluation and Communicating Information. Gain mastery in modifying existing science lessons to emphasize connections between NJSLS (Science) and Common Core ELA and Math Standards.

Problem-Based Learning through the NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices
Focus: Integrating the NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices in the science classroom. Participate in problem-based science investigations that use the NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices. Reflect on this learning, then modify science units and curriculum to integrate NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices.