The team at UW and CU Boulder is pleased to announce the publishing of a new ACESSE resource to support the process of selecting phenomena that can anchor units of instruction or be used in a scenario as part of a 3D assessment.
Resource E: Selecting Anchoring Phenomena for Equitable Teaching
This pair of workshops is designed to introduce you to the process of selecting phenomena that can anchor an entire unit that supports students’ 3D science learning or that can serve as a basis for a multi-component assessment task. This resource can also be used by individuals wanting to refine their teaching practice around phenomena based instruction. You may have heard a lot about phenomena, but you may also be wondering what exactly they are, and whether using phenomena is any different from how teachers teach today already.
This learning experience will help you:
With respect to the assessment process, this resource supports the task of clarifying learning goals and eliciting evidence of student learning. Specifically, analyzing standards helps to clarify learning goals. In assessment, scenarios present phenomena to students, and then specific prompts are designed to elicit student understanding of core ideas, practices and crosscutting concepts. Once written as a scenario for an assessment, teachers can use the resources introduced in ACESSE Resource B to design specific prompts for their assessments (SEP Task Formats Tool, CCC Prompts Tool). This resource complements Resource C, in that it provides some ways to integrate tools to connect science instruction meaningfully to students’ everyday lives and cultural practices. This workshop has multiple segments, and it is broken into two sessions that last roughly three hours each, which can be organized as a full-day session or across multiple days.
For those of you new to CSSS, ACESSE is a partnership between researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Boulder and the Council of State Science Supervisors. We are developing and testing resources to help create more coherent and equitable systems of state science education. The resources center on supporting equitable assessment practice and on development of state teams. There’s a link from the CSSS website, and all resources we have developed can be found here. You can follow us on Twitter at @ACESSE_Project.
All of the resources are Creative Commons licensed and can be adapted and used by anyone to support the vision of equitable teaching and learning articulated in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.
NJDOE Science Coordinator, Michael Heinz, created parent information pages about the science standards. Schools are welcome to use them as they are or even rebrand them as their own.
Dear NJ Science Educators,
Currently NJ science educators are invited to apply for participation on an item writing committee related to an assessment grant in which New Jersey is participating. Those who are selected will be required to work onsite in Baltimore, Maryland August 7 - 9 as well as complete advance online training. An honorarium of $1225 will be provided as well as lodging and reimbursement for travel mileage.
The committee is still in need of general education science teachers in the following areas: Teachers of science with expertise in 1) elementary life science and/or physical science, 2) middle school life science and/or physical science, 3) high school biology.
Interested individuals must complete the recruitment survey as soon as possible and no later than June 21, 2018. The recruitment survey is available at https://kansasedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zzPbrfDmRoMlwN.
More information is available in the attachment (below), and also by emailing recruitment staff at Ismart@ku.edu. I-Smart staff will respond directly to selected participants with more details. Thank you for considering this opportunity.
Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Academics
Division of Teaching and Learning, New Jersey Department of Education
Science Homepage: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/science/
Since the adoption of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) in 2014, educators have been looking for high-quality instructional materials that will support student instruction toward the goals of the science standards. In response to this demand, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is working in collaboration with a group of state education agencies, school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community to create research-based, open-source science instructional units that align to the NJSLS-S. Once field tested, the materials will be free to use.
The NJDOE is seeking 12 teams comprised of three science teachers, one each from grades 6 to 8 to field test two of the new science instructional units. Each team will participate in four days of professional development in August 2018 and then ongoing sessions throughout the year. The initial trainings will focus on how to utilize the instructional materials. The focus then shifts to providing ongoing support for the pilot teachers.
A comprehensive description of the pilot project, answers to frequently asked questions, and a nomination form can be obtained by emailing Michael Heinz, NJDOE Science Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018.
February 13, 2018
To: Chief School Administrators, Charter School and Renaissance School Project Leads
From: Linda Eno, Acting Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning
Opportunities to Highlight STEM Month March Activities in March Through the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network
March is STEM Month in New Jersey, and the goal of NJ STEM Month is to celebrate New Jersey’s commitment to excellence in STEM programs and showcase them in each region of the state. This represents an opportunity for school districts and other organizations throughout New Jersey to highlight ongoing work that is designed to increase access to STEM learning and prepare learners of all ages for STEM careers.
STEM Month co-creators, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN), are partnering to provide an opportunity for schools and organizations in New Jersey to showcase and celebrate their STEM work. School districts and organizations can post STEM events and site tours to the STEM Month 2018 calendar by using the NJSPN Event Form.
Examples of NJ STEM Month events include:
Additional information can be found on the NJSPN’s STEM Month webpage.
For questions or comments about NJSPN or NJ STEM Month, please email Kim Case of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey at email@example.com.
On January 3, the State Board of Education voted to move the change to assessing students in grade 5 on the science assessments to the Proposal Level. There will be a 60-day public comment period on the proposal and then the state board would take up the proposal for adoption. Comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NJDOE will be providing additional information and resources in the coming weeks to support districts as they implement the new science assessments.
Download file: update_on_new_jersey’s_new_science_assessments_2017-11-08.pdf
The following announcement is from Michae Heinz, NJDOE Science Coordinator.
As you may know the Department of Education has almost completed the procurement of a statewide science assessment vendor. The vendor plays a limited role in the process of developing the science tests. In addition to the vendor, the production of science assessments depends on the members of the science assessment advisory committees. I cannot overstate this, the voice of educators is essential to insuring that the statewide science tests are of the highest quality. We need educators across grade bands and with expertise in physical, life, and Earth and space sciences. I am reaching out to ask that you and your colleagues apply for membership in a science assessment advisory committee. The deadline for application is October 12, 2017.
We know that many teachers need board of education or superintendent approval before they can commit to serving on a committee. Because the work on the statewide assessments is launching very soon, we encourage you to take care of the internal approval process and send in your application simultaneously. If an applicant does not receive approval from their school district after submitting their application, there is no harm done.
The New Jersey Department of Education is currently accepting nominations/applications for the science assessment advisory committees. The link below will take you to the Broadcast Announcement regarding the committee applications. We look forward to receiving your application.
Broadcast memo regarding the Science Advisory Committee:
Science Advisory Committee Nomination Form:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact John Boczany, Science Assessment Coordinator, at (609) 292-5622 or at John.Boczany@doe.state.nj.us
Professional Online Supports for Teaching - The POST is an online newsletter that offers many resources including some for the NJSLS for science, otherwise known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to make this implementation a smooth transition.
The current edition has links to STEM practice briefs, NGSS Early Implementer Districts’
lessons learned about professional learning, and information about the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.
The screencast of the final NGSS webinar of the program year has been posted on the NAGT/AGI collaboration website.
The webinar, NGSS Across the Sciences Curriculum, happened May 11 and featured presentations from Dr. Jo Ellen Roseman (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Dr. James Kessler (American Chemical Society), and Dr. Aleeza Oshry (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).
You can see the screencast, the presentation slides, and additional resources from the presenters on the webinar page.
Mark your calendars now for the first webinar of next program year. On Speptember 14, we will have a webinar entitled Achieve Resources and Tools for NGSS Implementation featuring a presentation from Matt Krehbiel of Achieve, Inc. Read more about the webinar and pre-register at