Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305

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Ron Antinori
Activate Learning

High School Perspectives on the NGSS

This professional learning opportunity is designed for HS science and CTE educators, who want to learn more about how to address the challenges of the NGSS using research-based curricula that incorporates engineering.

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Session Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design — Two sides of a coin, Dr. Cary Sneider Inquiry and design are complementary practices that gain strength when combined. Scientific inquiry provides a foundation for engineering decisions, while the problem-solving nature of engineering provides the motivation.Students will be more deeply engaged if you start with an engineering problem to solve, then do the science to help them design the best solution.

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. The Framework and NGSS — An Opportunity for Teacher Growth and Leadership - Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft As we all look at our past successful lessons through the lens of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS, we will better understand what makes some lessons highly effective. Identifying and implementing successful lessons and curriculum is the way in which teachers bridge research and practice. In this way, teachers grow professionally and improve science education.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Engineering as a Reason to Learn Science - Dr. Cary Sneider The global population today is 7.7 billion people. By mid-century it will reach 9 to 12 billion, greatly increasing the need to develop sustainable technologies to secure enough food, clean water, and fresh air for our children and grandchildren. Engage in design challenges that will help your students meet NGSS performance expectations while contributing to a sustainable future.

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Project-Based Learning for Content and Creativity - Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft Develop a sport for the Moon; create a light and sound show to entertain friends; design and build an improved safety device for a car. Project-Based Learning motivates students and challenges them to apply their physics knowledge. PBL lessons can simultaneously meet the NGSS. Active Physics has been incredibly successful in U.S. schools and is now being adapted overseas.

  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Systems Thinking Applied to Planet Earth’s Greatest Challenges, Gary Curts Experience a novel approach to Earth Science. This new pedagogy uses a “Systems” approach for Plate Tectonics, Astronomy, Natural Resources, Geology, and Paleoclimatology. See what Michael Wysession has been espousing as the best way to navigate and teach this relevant and expanding field in Earth Science Literacy. There will be several take home activities and ideas to implement or augment your existing Earth Science curricula. This curricula is put together by AGI (American Geoscience Institute) out of Washington DC.