(1) Webinar: How Do You Measure Equity in a Science Classroom?
Achieve hosted a webinar in July for the 50 State Science Network about how we can use data (beyond state assessments) to move toward more equitable science classrooms. Dr. Deb Morrison of the University of Washington shared her work on Practical Measures, which provide a way to measure both activity in the classroom and how students experience that activity. This allows teachers and leaders to gather data about some of the more difficult-to-measure indicators laid out in NASEM's recent report, Monitoring Educational Equity. These student surveys can provide actionable data about student engagement with learning phenomena, connections to science practices, perceptions of science, and frequency of particular actions in the science classroom. Parallel teacher surveys can also be distributed to see potential differences in perception of activities and experiences in the science classroom. STEM Teaching Tools will soon be releasing an Implementation Guide for Practical Measures.
(2) Upcoming Webinar: Using the NGSS to Change Worlds
Join Achieve's Matt Krehbiel and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for a webinar - Using the NGSS to Change Worlds - on Thursday, September 12 at 4 p.m. ET. Matt will discuss how the NGSS and similar standards based on the research of the Framework for K-12 Science Education provide a unique opportunity for science educators to change their world and the worlds that their students perceive. He will also share resources that Achieve has developed in the past year as part of ongoing efforts to support educators in their efforts to bring three-dimensional science education to their students. You can register for the free webinar here.
(3) Summer Slow Book Chat on Twitter
TJ McKenna of the University of Connecticut and ngssphenomena.com is hosting a slow book chat on twitter this summer about How We Teach Science, a book by John Rudolph, which examines the history of science education, what's changed, and why it matters. Join the hashtag #HowWeTeachScience twice a month on Twitter to follow the conversation or participate in the online book club. If you're interested in another book study targeted to science educators, check out this opportunity to read and discuss How Climate Change Comes to Matter.
(4) Blog Post: Modeling How Students Can Share Ideas and Make Sense of Phenomena
Aaron Mueller, a science educator in Naperville, Illinois and member of Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel, writes on the NSTA Blog about the importance of building student confidence in sensemaking in the beginning of the year in a science classroom. He emphasizes creating an atmosphere where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas, are unafraid of saying the "wrong" thing, actively engage in discourse, and have ownership in their own science learning.
(5) Equitable Access to Science Education in California
The California Science Teacher Association released a paper that details the challenges of bringing equitable access to science education to all California students. The paper includes information about student needs and barriers to equitable access, teachers' needs to improve practice in support of underrepresented students, why district and school leaders must make equitable access to science education a top priority, and ends with providing recommendations for school district administrators and principals to move their science programs toward providing equitable access to all students.
(6) Back to School: Resources Reminder
As we gear up to begin another school year, don't forget about these great resources that are freely available to support high-quality, three-dimensional science learning!
(7) From Education Week: Don't 'Steal the Aha' From Science Instruction
Check out the response from Linda Tolladay, a 30-year secondary science teacher from California, to Larry Ferlazzo's question of the week: What are the biggest mistakes made in science instruction and what should teachers use instead?
"Teachers need to create lesson sequences in which students first connect with a phenomenon and then are provided with opportunities to explore and explain pieces which lead to a coherent understanding of that phenomenon. This is vastly different from the world of science lectures followed by a confirming lab that epitomized the science learning experiences for many of us currently teaching science. But it is a shift that makes all the difference for students."
New complimentary webinar from Science:
Deciphering aging: Linking senescence with DNA damage and the cell cycle
You are invited to hear our panel of experts on September 19, 2018, in this live, online educational seminar. For more information and complimentary registration visit: webinar.sciencemag.org
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 12 noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. UK, 6 p.m. Central Europe
Duration: 1 hour
About This Webinar
Senescence describes the complex cellular response to stress that includes irreversible arrest of the cell cycle and thus prevention of the proliferation of defective or damaged cells. This effect makes senescence a key component in the body’s tumor suppression response and initialization of repair pathways, providing a health-promoting mechanism. Conversely, senescent cells can accumulate in the affected tissues of persons with age-related diseases such as dementias, arthritis, atherosclerosis, and others—such accumulation is considered a hallmark of aging that drives many age-related pathologies. These seemingly contradictory roles make cellular senescence an interesting research target for developing cancer suppression therapies as well as improving health maintenance and extending the human lifespan.
During the webinar, the viewers will:
• Gain insight into the processes by which senescent cells contribute to tumor suppression
• Understand the impact of senescence on age-related dysfunction and chronic disease, and be introduced to potential therapies targeting senescent cells
• Have the opportunity to ask questions during the live broadcast.
Sheila A. Stewart, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D.
Questions? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office and sponsored by Cell Signaling Technology.
“Supporting Students in Meaningful Engagement in Three-Dimensional Learning Through NGSS Storylines” is a CSSS webinar Michael Novak (from Northwestern University) and Misty Richmond (from Chicago Public Schools). They shared the work they have done creating and implementing 3-Dimensional Storylines, discussed their overall process for planning and creating storylines, and shared two example storylines. Storylines are fundamental, but very complex, organizational structures necessary for creating coherent units of science instruction.
The site offers two downloadable storylines:
News from SimpleK12
3-session STEAM event on Saturday, July 7th
Event: STEAM Training for Teachers
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Time: 10 AM ET
We still have some open spots for this event, so grab yours now.
At this complimentary, online event you'll discover:
Also be sure to check out one of our favorite STEAM tools for registrants!
If you're interested in getting started with STEAM tools in your classroom, make sure you grab your spot at this complimentary, online event now.
With all that is changing in the global markets in the last year, can business continue as usual? The multilateral trade environment has begun to shift to more bilateral agreements, changes with OPEC, Iran and domestic production continue to influence the oil market, and China has been making good on its promise to ramp down production. Join us as Paul Hodges of International eChem and Bill Carroll of Carroll Applied Sciences return for ACS's semiannual look at these factors and explore what opportunities lie in this new economic landscape.
What You Will Learn
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With NGSS requiring Earth & Space Science in high school, some schools are choosing to integrate the NGSS Performance Expectations and DCIs into their existing biology, chemistry, and physics courses. It turns out there are lots of connections to be made between Earth science and chemistry - after all, chemistry is the study of matter, and all of the matter we use comes from the Earth systems. So this begins with the recognition that the Earth is a big sphere of chemicals - how did those elements and compounds form and how did they come together to make the Earth? Then we find that silicate minerals & the rocks made of them constitute 90% of the crust of the Earth, and so are very relevant to the study of chemistry, even though they are currently omitted from introductory chemistry courses.. When we include plate tectonics and weathering in chemistry, we see that the Earth is an active chemical refinery - even making life-and-death differences since chemical composition variations in magma largely determine whether a volcano is explosive or not! This webinar will work on connecting these Earth science facts and processes to topics already in high school chemistry courses, thus opening up literally a whole world of interesting chemistry while also meeting NGSS requirements.
It is worthwhile to note that NGSS asks for both new content and new approaches to teaching and learning. This will result in curricula that contain material that has not been in Earth science courses, nor in physics, chemistry, or biology courses in the past. This necessitates new outlooks for all science educators, making lots of new connections. It will require knowledgeable people from all science disciplines working together to creatively build the Next Generation of science courses that now will include the Earth and Space Sciences.
May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM Eastern
Register by May 15
Presenter: Martin Schmidt, McDonogh School, MD
Most chemistry books focus on chemistry and on occasion relate it to students’ real lives. ChemCom teaches chemistry through the lens of real life. During this webinar, learn about how ChemCom embraces modeling, NGSS, and hands-on activities to make chemistry relevant and exciting to students. To familiarize yourself with the text before the webinar, visit www.acs.org/chemcom. There, you can also request a review copy. Published in 2012, Chemistry in the Community is still as relevant as ever.
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on May 8, 2018
Presenter: Emily Bones
Join Jackie Meyer, the Science Coaches Associate, as she outlines the benefits for teachers and coaches in the two Science Coaches programs, One-on-One and Teams.
Science Coaches is a joint ACS and AACT educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program partners coaches (volunteer chemists) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers accepted into the program will have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a coach who volunteers face-to-face or through a private, digital forum.
Come learn about One-on-One and Teams partnerships and find out which program will benefit you and your students the most. One lucky attendee will receive a copy of “Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything” by Theodore Gray.
Presenter: Jackie Meyer
Date: May 2, 2018
Time: 7-8 PM ET
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on April 24, 2018
When one teaches AP Chemistry to sophomores in one year with no previous chemistry course, and at breakneck speed with no breathing room between August and April, review becomes a crucial part of the process. Ask one of my kids what they know about PES in the first week of April and the answer is usually, "What's PES?". As such, one month of review is a vital component in my course. Join Adrian Dingle for a breakdown of what he does to bring his AP students up to speed in the month before the AP exam.
Presenter: Adrian Dingle
Visit Website to Register: teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/ap-chemistry-a-review-plan
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on April 11, 2018
Join AACT and the ACS in celebrating marine chemistry during the upcoming Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) campaign with the theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”
How does high school chemistry teacher, Michael Morgan, with a background in chemical physics, suddenly (or maybe not so suddenly) end up teaching marine sciences in his chemistry classes? Learn about the odd path he took to incorporate topics from marine sciences, earth sciences, and even a little bit of biology into his chemistry classes. The webinar will feature the roles of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) and the National Science Bowl (NSB). Surfing, scuba diving, sailboat racing, and an ill placed Olympic dream will all be part of the story.
You will also learn about the educational resources ACS provides for this year’s CCEW celebration. More information at www.acs.org/ccew.
Presenters: Michael Morgan, Franciscso Bravo Medical Magnet School, and David Horwitz, Program Manager, Science Outreach, American Chemical Society
Register Now: register.gotowebinar.com/register/7045313557792186882
Find out how you can use chemistry content to enhance K – 8 learning – even if you are not a chemistry teacher!
More Information: teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/but-i-don-t-teach-chemistry
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