Cereal City Science - Ready for the Next Generation!

Professional Learning

Next Generation Science Standards require educators to engage students in the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and challenging concepts to figure out phenomenon and explain the world around them. Cereal City Science (CCS) offers a range of professional learning and support to help teachers revise and refine their practice of teaching to meet the demands of three-dimensional teaching and learning. CCS has developed tools and strategies to turn the science classroom into a student-led environment of figuring things out. Cereal City Science Professional Learning programs qualify for State of Michigan SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) free of charge.

Scheduled Programs

2024 K-5 & MS Curriculum Training (available online or in-person)

Curriculum Training prepares teachers to implement Cereal City Science Units in the classroom. A CCS unit will be introduced in a 6-hour training session (two sessions for middle school) focused on teaching strategies associated with specific curriculum content of the grade level kit. Teachers will explore investigations and activities developed to engage their students in the practices that help them figure out phenomena and develop content knowledge. Curriculum training is essential for teachers implementing the units in their classrooms and for administrators with the program in their buildings. Curriculum trainings take place year-round and are scheduled to meet the needs of district and school PD calendars. In-person sessions at BCAMSC include lunch.

Pricing Information:

  • K-5 (one day): $90/person
  • MS (two day): $180/person

** Effective July 1, 2024 - Curriculum Training pricing will increase to $120 for K-5 and $240 for Middle School. **

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FREE Virtual K-5 Unit Training - July 22 through August 8, 2024

Through a MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant will be offering virtual sessions for all of the Cereal City Science K-5 units in July and August. These sessions will be FREE for teachers in the State of Michigan and will include SCECHs and stipend. Please use the button below to apply. Applications due June 24, 2024.

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Workshops (available online or in-person)

Developing educational leaders is an important focus for Cereal City Science. Our Professional Learning Workshops are designed to provide teachers and administrators with in-depth, hands-on experience with specific components of the CCS Program and three-dimensional instruction. In-person sessions at BCAMSC include lunch.

Pricing Information:

  • Half-day Workshops: $45/person
  • One-day Workshops: $90/person
  • Two-day Workshops: $180/person

** Effective July 1, 2024 - workshop pricing will increase to $45 for half-day, $120 for one-day, and $240 for two-day. **

FREE Level Up! Three-Dimensional Assessment Workshops

Take your science instruction to the next level with one of our two-day Level Up! workshops. In partnership with the Calhoun County Intermediate School District, we're excited to be able to offer these workshops for FREE! Develop skills in writing three-dimensional assessments and gain experience using Renaissance DnA. Attend our BONUS DAY workshop dedicated to writing your questions with the experts. Participants will receive 12 SCECHs for the two-day sessions and an additional 5 SCECHs for the bonus day. Sessions will take place at the Calhound Intermediate School District, 17111 G Drive North, Marshall, MI 49068.

  • Level Up! Grades 3-5

    June 24 & 25, 2024 from 8:30am to 3:00pm

  • Level Up! Grades 6-12

    June 26 & 27, 2024 from 8:30am to 3:00pm

  • Level Up! Bonus Day

    June 28, 2024 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Schedule to Fit Your Needs!

To schedule one of the following programs, please contact Sandy Erwin at serwin@bcamsc.org or call (269) 213-3908.

Curriculum Training with Expanded NGSS Instruction

Two-day training that provides teachers with the opportunity to engage in all unit activities while experiencing and/or discussing the implementation of three-dimensional learning. Teachers will have the opportunity to use the Science and Engineering Practices as the unit storyline is presented.

  • Interactive Instruction Training/Participation ~ Engaged Training
  • Multiple Days
  • Full Content
  • Cost: $1000 plus travel expenses (Increases to $1350 plus travel expenses effective July 1, 2024)
  • Class Size: <25

Curriculum Training

One-day training allows teachers to engage in key unit activities and an overview of the other unit activities. An overview of how the units support three-dimensional learning will be presented.

  • Presentation Format & Limited Participation ~ Informational
  • One Day
  • Abbreviated Content
  • Cost: $525 plus travel expenses (Increases to $700 plus travel expenses effective July 1, 2024)
  • Class Size: <25

Virtual Instructional Training and Mentorship

Training that can be tailored to meet the needs of a small group of grade-level teachers. It is useful when training needs must be met after school hours. It will allow the teachers to be teamed with a classroom teacher/mentor that has used the kit in the classroom.

  • Instructional Interactive/Participation ~ Engaged Training
  • Multiple Days
    • 1-2 Hour webinar session.
    • 30 Minute Assignment
    • 1-2 Hour webinar session.
    • 30 Minute Assignment
    • 1-2 Hour webinar Session. [Conclusions]
  • Full Content. Can be provided for option B or C above.
  • Cost: $525 per 6-hour webinar time. (Increases to $700 per 6-hour webinar time effective July 1, 2024)
  • Class Size: <5

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities

Focusing on strategies and tools to facilitate three-dimensional learning through Next Generation Science Standards, STEM-based learning, and multi-literacy classrooms, these programs build on the knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional instruction that are essential in implementing the Cereal City Curriculum. Learning instructional techniques and how to best engage students in figuring out phenomenon is integral to the students’ ability to grasp STEM concepts and apply what they have learned to a variety of phenomena. To learn more about any of the following Professional Learning opportunities, please contact Sandy Erwin at serwin@bcamsc.org or call (269) 213-3908.

Teacher Leadership Corps

The Teacher Leadership Corps (TLC) program supports capacity building in a STEM Region or regional area. Through train-the-trainer sessions and follow-up coaching, the Cereal City Science TLC program develops teachers who will lead in the implementation of Cereal City Science curriculum in their district/region. TLC is ideal for teachers who are implementing the curriculum, have background experience such as NGSX or previous science experience, and who would be good candidates to lead district and regional work at their grade level.

Embedded Classroom Coaching

Coaching opportunities exist for Next Generation Science Standards topics including three-dimensional learning, developing scientific explanation based on the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) framework, using phenomena and student-generated questions, and developing and using models.

Teaching Through the Lens of Multiple Literacies

Cereal City Science curriculum includes a multi-literacy approach, using Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, and mathematics within the science lessons. Upon request, districts can schedule Professional Learning geared toward integrating their reading, writing, mathematics, and technology/computer science curriculum into their science lessons.