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Register for LSC’s new professional development series exploring the core of OpenSciEd

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NEW! Educators are invited to sign up for a five-part virtual series aimed at building capacity around Phenomena-Based, 3-Dimensional Teaching.

The series will provide a comprehensive overview of the pedagogy and practice at the core of OpenSciEd—an open-source, research-based middle school science curriculum. Each session will focus on an essential component of effective science instruction as exemplified by OpenSciEd. Participants will learn and practice new instructional strategies and gain access to useful resources.

OpenSciEd is a robust, research-based, open-source middle school science curriculum founded on the principles of NGSS and designed to increase accessibility for all teachers and students.

Browse the session overviews below, and then click here to register!

Fostering Productive Classroom Norms
January 27, 2021 & February 3, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual
Gain deeper insight into the characteristics of effective classroom norms as exemplified by OpenSciEd’s Classroom Norms. Explore the importance of classroom norms as the foundation for a productive learning environment for students.

Leading an Anchoring Phenomenon Routine
February 24, 2021 & March 3, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual
Gain more in-depth insight into the use of an anchoring phenomenon as a component of effective science instruction as exemplified by OpenSciEd’s Anchoring Phenomenon Routine. Explore the importance of science phenomena as the catalyst for science teaching and learning.

Facilitating the OpenSciEd Navigation Routine
March 24, 2021 & March 31, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual
Gain a deeper understanding of practices that encourage more effective student sense-making, as exemplified by OpenSciEd’s Navigation Routine. Discuss what a classroom looks like when student understanding is central.

Supporting Student Discourse in Science
April 21, 2021 & April 28, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual
Gain a deeper understanding of the benefits and characteristics of effective student discourse as exemplified by OpenSciEd’s 3
Discussion Types. Focus on the importance of student discourse in sense-making and explore discussion strategies.

Planning for OpenSciEd Implementation
May 19, 2021 & May 26, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual
Consider how to prepare for implementing OpenSciEd in the classroom. Get a comprehensive overview of OpenSciEd’s design specifications and begin planning how to effectively utilize OpenSciEd in your district, school, or classroom.

If possible, the virtual series will culminate in an in-person session. By April 2021, we will decide whether the session can occur safely and provide a registration link for the program below:

Overview of a Grade-Level Specific OpenSciEd Unit
June 29, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Participate in grade-level specific groups to engage in both student-hat and teacher-hat activities. Our facilitators will highlight the various aspects of OpenSciEd from the virtual series, applying each component to the sample science content within their respective grade-level units.

This professional development series is made possible through the generous support of Williams.

Click here to register.

Interested in learning more about Liberty Science Center's Professional Development programs? Click here to see a full list of our offerings in the year ahead!

For more information, contact Liberty Science Center by phone at 201.253.1214 or by email at groups@lsc.org.


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