Curriculum Training & 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.
Fall 2020 Online Training
Introduction to the Cereal City Science Online Learning Platform (Online Training): This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to the online tools that Cereal City Science has developed to help support blended learning in the classroom and out of the classroom. Teachers should begin to incorporate these tools into the current Cereal City Science Curriculum so that students can be prepared for synchronous online learning, if needed. The platform consists of creative use of readily available tools such as Google Slides, Google Sheets, Jamboard, ArcGIS and SageModeler. Coupled together with a Learning Management System (for example Schoology or Google Classroom), the platform will allow students to continue to figure out phenomena as they discover important Disciplinary Core Ideas using the Science and Engineering Practices consistent with the NGSS.
- August 12,2020 - CLOSED
- August 19, 2020
- September 17, 2020
- September 25, 2020
- September 30, 2020
- October 15, 2020
Cereal City Science Unit/Kit Curriculum Training (Online Training): One-day workshops that will prepare teachers to implement the Cereal City Science Units in the classroom as well as synchronous online learning, if needed. A CCS unit will be introduced in a 6-hour online training session 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. In addition, the online tools that Cereal City Science has developed to help support blended learning will be explored. Curriculum training will focus on the first three activities for each unit.
- 3ENG: September 10, 2020
- 5ENG: September 16, 2020
- 4ENG: September 29, 2020
- KENG: October 9, 2020
- 1ENG: October 13, 2020
- 2ENG: October 21, 2020
- 5PNG: Not offered at this time
- 4PNG: September 14, 2020
- 3PNG: September 24, 2020
- KPNG: October 1, 2020
- 2PNG: October 14, 2020
- 1PNG: October 20, 2020
- 4LNG: September 11, 2020
- 3LNG: September 17, 2020
- 5LNG: September 22, 2020
- 1LNG: October 7, 2020
- KLNG: October 16, 2020
- 2LNG: October 28, 2020
- MSENG1: September 15, 2020
Curriculum Trainings prepare teachers to implement Cereal City Science Units in the classroom. A CCS unit will be introduced in a 6-hour training session 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.
A. Curriculum Training at Cereal City Science (in Battle Creek, Michigan):
Full Day: $90/person
Half Day: $45/person
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B. NGSS aligned Instructional Training & Cereal City Science Curriculum Training - This two-day training will provide teachers the opportunity to engage in all 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
- Class Size: <25
C. Cereal City Science Curriculum Training with Limited NGSS aligned Instructional Training - This one-day training will allow 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
- Class Size: <25
D. Virtual Instructional Training & Mentorship - This training 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.
- Class Size: <5
Professional Learning focuses on strategies and tools to facilitate three-dimensional learning through Next Generation Science Standards, STEM-based learning, and multi-literacy classrooms. The knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional instruction 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 Steve Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 213-3908.
Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX) for K-12 – The focus of NGSX is integrating three-dimensional learning into science classrooms, in which teachers support students in using science and engineering practices to develop, apply, and refine disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. Teachers engage in these practices and investigate classroom cases to explore how to bring these approaches into their own classrooms.
K-8 Science Leadership Network - Core Ideas and their related learning progressions are key organizing principals of the NGSS and the framework. This professional learning will promote ongoing refinement of K-8 implementation of defined learning progressions as presented in the Cereal City Science Curriculum. Schools and teachers will collaborate within their district to share and gain expertise in implementing the NGSS.
Due to Coronavirus Pandemic recommendations, all K-8 Science Leadership Network meetings have been cancelled. Check back for future meeting dates.
Prerequisite: NGSX, Member of School K-8 Science Leadership Network.
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, and mathematics curriculum into their science lessons.