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2015 Spring/Summer NGSS Short Courses
 Short Course  Date(s) Grade Levels  Goals

DEVELOPING and USING MODELS

March 18 (rescheduled)
Training in Elizabethtown
6-8

• Develop understanding of Practice 2, developing and using models
• Understand complexity continuum and implications for instruction

New for 2015!      

CONSTRUCTING EXPLANATIONS AND ENGAGING IN ARGUMENT FROM EVIDENCE

July 6
4-8

• Develop understanding of Practices 6 and 7, constructing explanations and engaging in argument from evidence
• Understand complexity continuum and implications for instruction
• Examine connections to informational and argumentative reading and writing as required by the CCSS for Science and Technical Subjects

DEVELOPING and USING MODELS including DATA ANALYSIS AND MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING

March 10
June 29
9-12

• Develop understanding of Practices 2, 4, and 5 – modeling, data analysis, and using mathematics and computational thinking
• Understand complexity continuum and implications for instruction
• Examine connections to CCSS in mathematics

WAVES

July 10
6-8

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of waves and wave properties by observing, measuring and analyzing wave motion.  Develop mathematical and other wave models.   Examine aspects of the use of waves for information transfer.
• Learn how to develop student understanding of waves in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

ENERGY

July 13
6-8

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of kinetic, potential and thermal energy; energy transfer and transformations; and the forces and interactions that lead to energy transfer
• Learn how to develop student understanding of energy concepts in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS