PD Calendar

Visit our PD Calendar and join us for a professional development session! In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits.

Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

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2018-19 Schedule

Oct. 11, 2018

Phenomena-Based Classrooms (K–12)

This workshop will explore NGSS phenomena, which are designed to motivate students to figure out why something happens. We will explore phenomena rooted in compelling real-world situations so that teachers can develop and implement phenomena more effectively in their classrooms. NJSLS (Science): Phenomena-Based Teaching can be applied to all science standards.

Oct. 25, 2018

The Nervous System and Behavior (7–12)

Examine the biological basis of behavior by studying the neuron, nerve impulse, and anatomical structure of vertebrate nervous systems, with an emphasis on the brain. Exciting activities cover visual perception, illusions, learning and memory experiments, reflexes, measuring the speed of a nerve impulse, and constructing a model human brain. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring concepts of biological cause and effect as well as the structure and function of the central nervous system. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

Nov. 1, 2018

Teaching Science with Crosscutting Concepts (K–12)

The focus will be on 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).

Nov. 16, 2018

Exploring Matter: The Chemistry of the Universe (7–12)

Collect, analyze, and interpret data on the physical and chemical properties of matter as well as changes produced by chemical combinations. Create a brochure about a favorite chemical, use enzymes to convert milk into cheese, make a pH indicator from cabbage leaves, investigate the incredible absorption power of disposable diapers, and extract DNA from wheat. NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties of Matter: MS-PS1-4; Chemical Reactions: MS-PS1-2

Dec. 7, 2018

Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM and Humanities (K-12)

Deepen your understanding of how inquiry-based learning looks in STEM and Humanities classrooms. Dive into sample hands-on, minds-on inquiry lessons that connect across disciplines. This workshop is co-facilitated by a teacher with expertise in STEM inquiry alongside a colleague experienced in utilizing inquiry in the Humanities classroom.

Dec. 14, 2018

Math and Science Connection (7–12)

Learn to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Explore patterns, proportion, and quantitative analysis. Work with early calculators, study the applications of probability, explore Platonic solids, and construct flexagons. Learn about Fibonacci numbers, graphing collected data, the golden mean, and more. NJSLS (Science): Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: HS-LS2-2

Jan. 11, 2019

Intermediate Science Sampler (7–12)

It’s one of our most popular programs for middle school teachers. Use activities to initiate discussion and introduce areas of scientific inquiry from topology and color vision to a simulation of the spread of communicable disease. Use observable data to draw conclusions and deepen understanding of scientific concepts. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

Jan. 24, 2019

It's All in the Question (K–12)

Effective hands-on science instruction encourages students to make observations, manipulate data, construct explanations, and design solutions. Learn how to stimulate student thinking by helping them make predictions, plan and carry out investigations, and respond to open-ended questions. NJSLS:S: PS1A: Structure and Properties of Matter; PS2B: Types of Interactions; PS3C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

Feb. 7, 2019

Hidden Worlds Revealed Through the Microscope (7–12)

Learn to use microscopes more effectively by examining pennies, feathers, fingerprints, and preserved and living organisms. Explore concepts of scale, structure, and the functions of tiny items and organisms. Plan and implement investigations that provide meaningful data about the intricacies of items visible only on a microscopic scale. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1

Feb. 26, 2019

Design Thinking in STEM (K–12)

This workshop will unite science investigations, engineering, and coding as teachers explore how design thinking can develop students’ creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. Engaging in hands-on and digital design, teachers will discuss how to leverage design thinking to support the NJSLS-S standards and 21st century skills. NJSLS (Science): Design Thinking can be applied to all science standards.

Feb. 28, 2019

Engineering is Elementary (K–5)

This research based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving 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.

March 14, 2019

Intermediate Science Sampler (7–12)

It’s one of our most popular programs for middle school teachers. Use activities to initiate discussion and introduce areas of scientific inquiry from topology and color vision to a simulation of the spread of communicable disease. Use observable data to draw conclusions and deepen understanding of scientific concepts. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

March 25, 2019

The Power of Mapping Data (K–12)

Amaze your students with the power of mapping and manipulating data. Investigate online mapping technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which promotes visualization and manipulation of spatial data. Infinitely adaptable to exploring different science content areas, online GIS promotes digital literacy and critical thinking skills. With a focus on the Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity and the Science Practices of Asking Questions and Analyzing and Interpreting Data, you will reflect on innovative ways to bring mapping and data analysis to your classroom. NJSLS (Science) Disciplinary Core Ideas such as LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans, ESS3.A Natural Resources, ESS3.B Natural Hazards, and ESS3.D Global Climate Change

April 4, 2019

Developing and Using Models (K–12)

The focus will be on 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).

April 11, 2019

Explorations in Ecology (7–12)

Uncover the basics of ecology using math, simulations, and graphs to understand predator-prey relationships, population growth, photosynthesis, biome comparisons, and endangered species. This in-depth view of ecological principles is appropriate for grade 6 - 9 teachers. NJSLS:S: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: MS-LS2-2; Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems: MS-LS1-6

May 3, 2019

Engineering is Elementary (K–5)

This research based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving 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.

May 16, 2019

Integrating NJSLS-S with Common Core ELA and Math Standards (7–12)

The focus will be on 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.

May 21, 2019

Plants and Insects – Perfect Together (7–12)

Explore insect senses and behaviors, then discover how plants reproduce, grow, make food and in some cases even capture and consume insects. Analyze and interpret data related to plant and animal structures, their functions, and their interconnectedness. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1; Inheritance and Variance of Traits: HS-LS3-3

June 3, 2019

Problem-Based Engineering (K–12)

The focus will be on 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.

June 7, 2019

Math and Science Connection (7–12)

Learn to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Explore patterns, proportion, and quantitative analysis. Work with early calculators, study the applications of probability, explore Platonic solids, and construct flexagons. Learn about Fibonacci numbers, graphing collected data, the golden mean, and more. NJSLS (Science): Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: HS-LS2-2