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.

Curriculum Training - Scheduled Offerings

A. Curriculum Training at Cereal City Science (in Battle Creek, Michigan):

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 (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.

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

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B. Teacher Cohort Training (Online):

NEW! The Cereal City Science (CCS) Teacher Cohort Program is designed to help districts get the most out of their investment in the CCS program by providing ongoing and evolving curriculum support for teachers that teach CCS units. The goal of the program is to maximize teacher use of the curriculum by deepening their understanding and application of instructional strategies and opportunities that are available within each CCS unit.

Through three online, after school workshops (per unit), teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional, phenomenon-based science teaching and learning in a supportive and collaborative space. Sessions will delve into topics such as, multiple literacy integration (mathematics, ELA, technology), Science Talk, modeling, question formulation technique (QFT), learning progressions, and assessment. Teachers and facilitators will participate in science and engineering practices, share student artifacts, develop and share best teaching practices, and troubleshoot based on teacher needs. More...

Cost per participant: $67.50/unit (3 sessions)

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Curriculum Training - Schedule to Fit Your Needs!

C. 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

D. 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

E. 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

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 Sandy Erwin at 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.