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  • 23 Jun 2017 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has a long history of providing excellent resources and professional development for teachers, and they have just published the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change.   This book includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the classroom.

     You can download a free pdf of the book or purchase a hard copy here .  A brief description and excerpt from the book (first chapter) are in a Geological Society of America blog post  here .

     In addition, PRI has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to send the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change to teachers at public high schools across the country. You can join in this campaign or let your friends and family know about it by going to http://bit.ly/TeachClimateScience .

     Regards,


     

    Ingrid H. H. Zabel, Ph.D.

    Climate Change Education Manager

    Paleontological Research Institution | Museum of the Earth | Cayuga Nature Center

    (607) 273-6623, ext. 22

    priweb.org


  • 21 Jun 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Space Food (Grades K-12) -- Learn about NASA’s plans for sending astronauts on a journey to Mars and the impact food has on planning the long-duration mission. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254217

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    June 21, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Exploring Exoplanets: Using Math to Understand Our Solar System (Grades 7-12) -- In this webinar, find out how scientists use mathematics to learn about distant planets. Using Kepler's laws, algebra and geometry, scientists can gather a plethora of information on planet size, speed and movement in the search for planets similar to Earth! The activity in this webinar covers math standards pertaining to radicals, linear and exponential models, and Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254552

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    June 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Looking for Life (Grades 4-10) -- In this webinar, learn about how scientists conduct research to identify characteristics of living and nonliving organisms. Scientist must establish criteria to work with in their research. Explore the following NASA classroom activities related to this topic: Imaginary Martians, Mars Critters, Strange New Planet, and Areology: the Study of Mars. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/257704

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    June 26, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Survival on Mars (Grades 4-12) -- A trip to Mars means dealing with the challenges of living in a sealed container. Some of the science and technology being developed for the journey to Mars also will help us overcome some challenges on Earth. In this webinar, participants will explore water filtration and compare living on the International Space Station to living in a habitat on Mars. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/249105

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    June 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Rockets (Grades K-12) -- Learn about the journey to Mars and how rockets impact planning for the trip. Participants also will learn about current research going on at NASA and about rocketry activities that can be used in the classroom or during after-school time. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254220

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    June 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: From Hidden to Modern Figures: Bringing Katherine Johnson’s Story Into Your Classroom (Grades K-12) -- The film "Hidden Figures," based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, focuses on the stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, African-American women who were essential to the success of early spaceflight. This session will focus on K-12 classroom activities that are perfect for English, social studies, history, science, mathematics and engineering. These activities are related to what NASA is doing today. Additional resources and adaptation recommendations will be included for activities that tie directly to the work portrayed in the movie. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/252204

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    June 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Super Models (Grades 4-8) -- Could students you teach today be the first explorers to Mars? How far will they have to travel to explore Mars? Is Mars big or small? Investigate these questions and more! Learn about our solar system with NASA STEM activities and resources that model the sizes of and distances between Earth, Mars and other bodies in our solar system. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/241395

  • 21 Jun 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Hello,
    I hope you are having a great summer break. I have had so much fun meeting so many of you over the past couple of months during professional development events!

    Please find our KSDE Science Newsletter for June 2017 using the link below. There are a lot of resources linked in this issue including a few for the upcoming solar eclipse. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

    https://www.smore.com/uw6ye

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
    Science Education Program Consultant
    Career Standards & Assessment Services
    (785) 296-8108
    lburks@ksde.org
  • 20 Jun 2017 8:28 AM | Anonymous
    Kansas in the Classroom Instructor: Debra Williams Enrollment Ends: 06/26/2017 Tuition: $300
    CRN: 30064 Course #: SCIE 2424-01 Credits: 2 Meeting Dates: 06/26/2017-06/29/2017 (9:00 am-4:30 pm)
    Location: Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. N. Wichita, KS 67220 Bring ecology into the classroom by integrating Citizen Science inquiry projects and other hands-on lessons for students. Learn to identify Kansas native species to help participants create authentic learning experiences to engage students. Guest speakers representing outdoor careers will highlight real-world applications of ecological sciences as resources to increase educator effectiveness. Teachers will be introduced to the Kansas EcoMeet scholastic competition, which offers student scholarship opportunities and a practical outlet for students interested in the outdoors. This on-site summer workshop is designed for Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12) educators.

    For course information, contact Debra at deb@gpnc.org<mailto:deb@gpnc.org>.
    Learning Forward Standards: 1, 3 KEPPS Standards: 4, 5, 10
  • 20 Jun 2017 8:24 AM | Anonymous

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    Natalie Anderson
    Communications Coordinator
    Phone: (785) 320-4350
    Email address: nataliem@ksu.edu

    Deadline for ag foundation teacher of the year award fast approaching

    MANHATTAN, Kan. - JUNE 18, 2017 - The application deadline for the 2018 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture Regional Excellence in Teaching awards is fast approaching. The awards honor Kansas teachers who excel at incorporating agriculture into their everyday classroom curriculum. Applications are due June 30, 2017


    All K-12 district-certified Kansas teachers who currently engage in integrating agriculture into a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting are eligible for the award. Applications will be evaluated on creativity and utilization of agricultural information, interdisciplinary approach, advancement of educational standards and student impact. 


    The Teacher of the Year award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) convention, sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. KFB regional award winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the NAITC convention or a $200 cash prize. The 2018 NAITC conference is slated for June 26-29, 2018 in Portland, Maine.


    The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award has been in place since 2008. The award honors the late Janet Sims, an educator for more than 30 years and a strong agriculture advocate. Sims served on the KFAC board of directors from 2005 until her passing in 2007. 


    Applications can be downloaded on the KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org by clicking on Teachers and Teacher of the Year. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.


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    About Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

    The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies. For more information, visit www.ksagclassroom.org or call (785) 320-4350.
  • 14 Jun 2017 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    June 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Roving the Red Planet (Grades 4-9) -- Participants will get a historical overview of NASA’s rover missions to Mars. Discussion will be focused on hands-on activities involving the engineering of rover vehicles. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242598

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    June 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-12) -- This webinar will cover the elements of art -- shape, line, color, value, and texture -- and offer an amazing way to make sense of the geology of planetary surfaces. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254723

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    June 15, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Viewing Your Content Through a NASA Context (Grades K-16) -- Explore ways to bring real-world NASA science into your classroom. Participants will be introduced to NASA activities that touch on satellites and ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Learn how these activities have classroom applications that cover topics such as scatter plots, the upcoming solar eclipse, weather and clouds, atmospheres and solar system exploration, material composition, and radiation safety. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/244606

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    June 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Is There Water on Mars? (Grades 4-12) -- Explore the possibility of finding water by probing below the surface of Mars. This webinar will include activities where students will record and graph temperature data to learn about the search for water on Mars using two different models. The activities will match both the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254724

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    June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Space Food (Grades K-12) -- Learn about NASA’s plans for sending astronauts on a journey to Mars and the impact food has on planning the long-duration mission. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254217

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    June 21, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Exploring Exoplanets: Using Math to Understand Our Solar System (Grades 7-12) -- In this webinar, find out how scientists use mathematics to learn about distant planets. Using Kepler's laws, algebra and geometry, scientists can gather a plethora of information on planet size, speed and movement in the search for planets similar to Earth! The activity in this webinar covers math standards pertaining to radicals, linear and exponential models, and Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254552

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    June 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Journey to Mars: Looking for Life (Grades 4-10) -- In this webinar, learn about how scientists conduct research to identify characteristics of living and nonliving organisms. Scientist must establish criteria to work with in their research. Explore the following NASA classroom activities related to this topic: Imaginary Martians, Mars Critters, Strange New Planet, and Areology: the Study of Mars. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/257704

  • 14 Jun 2017 9:27 PM | Anonymous
    Educators will be "ahead of the curve" with information from the 2017 Galaxy Forum to be held Saturday, August 19, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Topics for this free event will be:


    "Lord of the Rings--the Cassini Mission to Saturn" will be given by Todd Barber.  Barber has been NASA-JPL's lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission since 2002.  Cassini has orbited Saturn for 13 years. In its aptly named "Grand Finale" Cassini swoops between Saturn and its innermost ring ending in the probe's crash into Saturn on September 15, 2107. What has Cassini revealed over the years?  What kind of close-ups, what kind of details, what do we hope to learn from this final mission? Barber is a Wichita native and Southeast High School grad.


    "The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, Why?" As a primer on this unique event, Dean Stramel, professor of chemistry at Fort Hays State University, will look into  why this is such a big deal that people travel all over the globe to see it. What is the science behind it?  What are the logistics to watching it?  This will be information teachers can take directly into their classrooms on Monday morning--eclipse day.


    "Mars: Through the Eyes (and Lasers) of  Curiosity" will begiven by Sarah Lamm. A Kansas State senior, she has spent two summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working with data from Curiosity's ChemCam instrument (it's the part that looks like the head and eye of Curiosity.) Her team's studies about the presence of manganese, an indicator of the presence of liquid water, has important implications for the habitability of  Mars. She will share these and other  findings and what they mean.  Sarah, a Colby native, is a great illustration of what young Kansans are doing in the space sciences.


    The 2016 Galaxy Forum will be Saturday, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

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    The Galaxy Forum is free. Students and the public are also welcome.  Though not required, teachers are urged to register to help with count for materials preparation.  Continuing education credit available. Register with name and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net or contact@adastra-ks.org
  • 10 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous
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  • 10 Jun 2017 9:56 AM | Anonymous

      6 things you need to know about the NGSS this month 

    Header - DNA Strand

    June 2017


    #1

     EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science has a New Category, New Badge, and New Pathway

     

    Last month, the EQuIP Peer Review Panel (PRP) for Science expanded its fall 2016 call for submissions with the goals of (1) expanding the categories of lessons and units that will be shared by the PRP, (2) announcing a new digital badge that will follow high-quality materials wherever they are posted online, and (3) opening the PRP review process to developers who face intellectual property constraints.

     

    A new category entitled "Quality Works in Progress" was created. Early reviews by the PRP surfaced numerous lessons and units that addressed various criteria of the EQuIP Rubric for Science very well, but did not rate highly enough to be shared with the public. Therefore, a new category has been added that will include any lessons and units identified to have strongly addressed at least one of the rubric's criteria.

     

    A new digital badge for "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design" was developed.  In the future, any lessons and units identified by the PRP as "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design" will be both shared online and awarded the new digital badge. With the PRP's approval, the unique badge can be displayed on the submitter's website(s). 

     

    Achieve added a new submission pathway for developers with intellectual property constraints. Developers who were previously restricted from submitting NGSS lessons or units under one of the Creative Common licenses can now have their materials reviewed and recognized by the PRP. For any materials deemed to be "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design", developers can use the new badge if they agree to (1) share the materials publicly and make them freely available, (2) restrict the claim of high-quality NGSS design to the specific lesson or unit as it was reviewed by the PRP, and (3) post the PRP's feedback along with the reviewed instructional materials.

     

    Click here for important details about the current submissions process for lessons and units.

     

    #2

     The PEEC Tool is Coming Soon!

     

    Later this month, Achieve will release the latest version of the PEEC tool. "PEEC" stands for the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for NGSS Instructional Materials Design. Along with recent revisions to the EQuIP Rubric for Science, the resource build on the public draft of PEEC to (1) help educators identify instructional materials programs designed for the NGSS and (2) help curriculum developers and publishers design their materials for the NGSS.

     

    Although PEEC was specifically designed to evaluate materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, development of the tool was rooted in research from the NRC's A Framework for K-12 Science Education which shows what works well for all students when learning science. Therefore, any state or district that has adopted science standards based on the Framework can benefit from using the PEEC tool.

     

    #3

     Featured Standards

     
    This issue of NGSS Now features an example of how certain PEs* could be bundled in order to develop an instructional unit that engages students in science phenomena. 

     

    MS-PS2-4: Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. 

     

    MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

     

    MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

     

    Teachers Note: This month's featured phenomenon led to the discovery of Neptune. You may need to add an experiential element for students to access the phenomenon. 

     

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    For a more in-depth look at these NGSS PEs and to search for others, read this

     

    Need more context? 

     

    See where these ideas are introduced in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (pages 116, 175, and 177). 

     

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    #4

     Science Phenomenon


    This phenomenon offers teachers a potential way to connect our "Featured Standards" (see #3)  to a real-world phenomenon:

     

    In the early 19th century, a group of astronomers were using a telescope to observe Uranus' orbit around the sun. They noticed that the planet's orbit was irregular and not elliptical as they had expected. Why was this the case?

     

     

    Below are some high-level lines of student inquiry that could help students facilitate their understanding of DCIs related to the featured science phenomenon:

     

    Click here for a video of an elliptical orbit.

    • [with simulation of orbit] Observing the irregular nature of the orbit, what things might interact with it to cause it to move slightly off course? Are those things pushing or pulling it?
    • Does this planetary interaction take place elsewhere in the solar system? Galaxies?
    • What other effects does gravity have in the solar system?
    • [after determining the cause of the irregular orbit] Examine data to analyze the size of Uranus and Neptune. How might Uranus' orbit change if Neptune had more mass? Less mass?
     

    #5

     Using Online Simulations to Support the NGSS in Middle School Classrooms

     

    By Lesley Gates, Loren Nikkel, and Kambria Eastham

    California Classroom Science

    May 8, 2017

     

    Middle school teachers in Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), a CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation initiative district, have been diligently working on transitioning to the NGSS integrated model for middle school. This year, the teachers focused on building their own knowledge of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). They have been gathering and sharing ideas at monthly collaborative meetings to how to make sure their students are not just learning about science but that they are actually doing science in their classrooms.

     

    Example from a 6th-grade classroom:

    MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsytems composed of groups of cells.

     

    Through multiple activities, students explored, researched, collaborated, and communicated information related to specific body systems and how they interacted with each other. Mr. Nikkel wanted students to understand that the different body systems are made up of organs that must all work together for the system to function properly (Crosscutting Concept: Systems and System Models). He found an online simulation from Gizmos called "Digestive System" that allowed students to investigate the order and function of the organs that are involved in the breaking down of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of waste. Students used the simulation to test the model digestive systems that they created. Read more.

     

    #6

    NextGen Teachers in Delaware showcase their work at Open House

     

    By Delaware Department of Education

    Take Note: Education in the First State

    May 31, 2017

     

    As Capital School District chemistry teacher Corey Pennypacker has implemented the NGSS with his existing curriculum, he's witnessed increased interest and enthusiasm among his Dover High students.

     

    "The kids are into it because we're using real-world applications," he said, citing as an example an assignment he gave students to determine how many chemicals should be added to a home pool to reach the correct pH balance. "We propose a scenario and they have to reason their way through it. It's definitely a different way of teaching."

     

    Pennypacker was one of hundreds of NextGen teacher leaders, other educators and science education advocates who gathered at the Department of Education in Dover to showcase the valuable NGSS work taking place in Delaware schools. 

     

    Much of the NextGen teacher leaders' focus over the past year has been on the development of NGSS-aligned performance tasks, which they showcased in a fair-like exhibition at the event. Read more.


  • 07 Jun 2017 9:34 AM | Anonymous

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