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Spring 2017

NGSS Short Courses
Understanding and knowing how to effectively implement the NGSS (Kentucky Academic Standards) is more critical now than ever.  With a statewide assessment system on the horizon you can get ahead of the game with these courses!  Experience activities as a learner that promote concept and practice understanding, and discuss implications for best practice and highly effective teaching with other professionals.

1-Day Short Courses $125 each

Course Grade Level Date Location
Primary Science: Investigations, Engineering,
and Integrating ELA
K-2 March 20 Lexington
Engineering K-5 March 24 Prestonsburg

Summer 2017

All sessions held at the UK/Lexmark Center in Lexington unless otherwise noted


View Opportunities for Math

ACT Math Boot Camp

June 15-16    Prestonsburg    $200
How do we help teachers incorporate the ACT© Readiness Standards in their everyday teaching? How can we help teachers use ACT© Readiness Standards progression ideas for student progress to guide instruction throughout middle and high school courses and develop improvement plans that provide continuous support for students?  Develop course intervention strategies and student support systems that move away from a single focus on last minute test taking tips. Work collaboratively to create challenging growth goals for your students and develop instructional strategies to empower and engage all students utilizing critical components of the College and Career Readiness Standards.

Toolkit for Improving Your Instructional Practice

June 30    $75    K-12
The Instructional Practice Toolkit (IPT) is designed for use by coaches and instructional leaders to help Kentucky teachers, and those who support teachers, build understanding and experience with College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards-aligned instruction.  Learn how to recognize and support effective teaching and learning practices that reflect the specific Shifts of CCR standards and develop shared, complementary expertise across districts, schools, and classrooms.  Develop a common language and set of expectations for identifying Shifts-aligned instruction, planning, and analysis of student work.

Student Success in Algebra

July 13-14    $200
Get research-proven strategies, activities, and assessment ideas that make a difference in student learning and performance in the middle and high school Algebra classroom in this 2-day workshop. Learn how to build a learning culture in your classroom and the strategies to focus on individual needs of students to give them all the best possible chance of succeeding in Algebra I and II.  You will get strategies that align to effective teaching and learning that are indicators of what an effective Algebra classroom should look like, engage and motivate students to persevere through challenging content, strengthen the quality of your instruction to improve student learning, and address multiple representations within the mathematical content being taught to build conceptual knowledge and develop math proficiency.


View Opportunities for Science

High School Biology Institute

Lexington: June 6-7
Madisonville: June 8-9
$200 for 2-day session
Successfully transition from Quality Core Biology for the EoC to the three-dimensional approach required by KY’s Science Assessment System.  Learn from a teacher who has been implementing the NGSS while also preparing students for the EoC.  Get lesson sequences and/or units of study for Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems (HS-LS1.C) and for Natural Selection and Evolution (HS-LS4).  Learn how to make teaching and learning more three-dimensional in biology with in-depth experiences using the Science and Engineering Practices of modeling and constructing explanations and the Crosscutting Concepts of patterns, cause and effect, and stability and change to deepen conceptual understanding.

Modeling: An Integral Practice for Success with the KAS for Science

Prestonsburg: June 12-13
Lexington: June 15-16
Madisonville: June 26-27
$200 for 2-day session    6-12
Engage students using scientific modeling – a prevalent Practice they can use to demonstrate their understanding of scientific phenomena as part of the KY Science Assessment System. Develop a deeper understanding of modeling and its relationship to the other Science and Engineering Practices.  Get a grade/course appropriate lesson sequence that incorporates modeling and tools for supporting student use of models to predict and explain in the classroom.  Examine strong examples of models, learn how to effectively integrate modeling as an essential practice in science, and discover which performance expectations require modeling for students to demonstrate understanding.

Summer 2017 Academy for Effective Science Teaching & Learning

Building a System of Classroom Assessments
Bowling Green: June 20-21
Lexington: June 27-28
Returning participants = $150; New participants = $200    K-12
Examine and design interrelated components of assessment and instruction, aligned to the three dimensions of KAS for Science.  Look at learning sequences and focus on critical points in student understanding and conceptual development.  Spend time collaborating with fellow educators to review examples of various types of assessments, including Classroom Embedded Assessments (CEAs) and Through Course Tasks (TCTs), and use a process to develop/refine your system of assessments for a chosen unit, including classroom summatives.  You’ll develop a lesson sequence with embedded formative assessments and summative items that target content, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts.

Together We Lead: Elementary Principal-Teacher Partnerships for Science Program Improvement

June 26, 2017    $75 per team member    K-5
Develop leadership and expertise to guide TCT (Through-Course Tasks) and CEA (Classroom Embedded Assessments) decisions at the elementary level.  Attend this training as a school team to ensure success of implementing the KY Academic Standards for Science and the KY Science Assessment System.  Get a protocol for student work analysis, resources for implementing 3D teaching and learning and integrating ELA and Math, and examples of 3D and integrated lesson sequences.

Constructing Explanations and Arguing from Evidence – Grades 4-8

June 29, 2017    $125
What experiences, supports, and practice do students need in order to construct scientifically accurate explanations of natural phenomena? What role do developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, and arguing from evidence play in constructing proficient explanations? Experience activities as a learner that promote concept and practice understanding, and discuss implications for best practice and highly effective teaching with other professionals.  Participants will leave with processes and strategies for helping students construct explanations and argue from evidence: support materials, ready to implement lessons, sample assessment items, strong and weak models, and instructional strategies and scaffolds.

Elementary Science Lessons and Unit Organizers

Helping students make sense of their world through the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) and Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC)

Life Science $200 each
What will you learn?
Grades K-2 June 8-9 Kids are fascinated with life science! Learn how to leverage their curiosity about the natural world while building their skill set in sense making strategies.  Get Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science for your grade band to integrate literacy with each Performance Expectation
Grades 3-5 June 29-30
Earth Science $175 each  What will you learn?
Grades K-2 June 22-23 How to leverage the SEPs of modeling, data analysis, and argumentation and the CCCs of patterns, cause and effect, and systems to help students develop an understanding of foundational science concepts to understand the Earth and its place in the Solar System.  How to use the engineering design process to help students deepen their understanding of key science concepts.
Grades 3-5 July 13-14

Students who are confident in their abilities to use the SEPs and CCCs will be better prepared to successfully approach and succeed on the Kentucky Science Assessment System. Attend one of our grade-band specific Earth or Life Science trainings and learn how to help lead your students in developing their abilities to use the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts to get excited about the topics being taught in your classroom.

Waves & Electromagnetic Radiation – Grades 4 & 7

July 20-21, 2017    $200
Understand key ideas underlying the concepts of waves and information transfer (4th & 7th) and electromagnetic radiation (7th).  Learn how to develop student understanding of waves in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts are embedded in instruction as envisioned in the NGSS.  Get a storyline, lesson ideas ready for use in the classroom, support materials and strategies for assisting students’ development and use of models, math and literacy integration, notebooking strategies, and sample assessment items.

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Increasing Student Engagement

June 22-23, 2017    $250    K-12
Creating a classroom where everyone is engaged, thinking and learning
Examine research-based strategies from a variety of sources (Shirley Clarke, Persida Himmele and William Himmele) that will increase student engagement and promote critical thinking skills – both of which are essential to student’s conceptual understanding of content. Strategies can be applied to any content at any grade level.