Writing in Science: Engaging All Students in Scientific Communication

For grades 5-12
July 26-27, Richmond
Explore important instructional moves that engage students in the development of scientific arguments and explanations. Add to your repertoire of strategies to promote this type of student thinking.

Why is writing such a critical part of learning science?
>It helps students analyze and clarify their thinking, make sense of their ideas, and share their reasoning with others.
>It supports language development, including ELL, as it provides students opportunities to express their scientific reasoning.
>Written pieces become artifacts that students can revisit, revise, and refine as their thinking changes. Artifacts serve as examples for students to understand what a quality written piece looks and sounds like.

Reflection time will be provided to build plans for classroom implementation. You will leave this series with:
  • Teaching strategies to explicitly instruct and build student understanding about what communicating scientifically looks and sounds like.
  • Classroom strategies and tools to support all students in developing quality scientific explanations and arguments.
Audience: science teachers, coaches, and others who support science teachers in grades 5-12

Schedule: 15 hours of PD credit
July 26-27, 9am-4pm EST (in-person; location in Lexington TBD)
Two additional 90-minute sessions during the 2022-23 academic year (fall semester, dates/times will be set at July meetings). The virtual sessions will be an opportunity to examine communication strategies and share classroom experiences.

Facilitator: Stephanie Harmon, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner & Rockcastle County HS Science Teacher
Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this session; she has taught science for 26 years and continues to study and be involved in projects that support teachers with implementing the KAS for Science.  Her projects include: Professional Development Leader for BSCS’s 4th and 5th grade STeLLA project in KY. Past member of the Broad-Based Lead State Committee which reviewed and provided feedback on A Framework for K-12 Science Education and all parts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Since then, she has been involved with the development of Kentucky’s summative assessment and is currently a member of the Kentucky Science Standards Review Advisory Panel. Stephanie is a Concord Consortium Teacher Ambassador and received the 2014 KSTA Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year. She is the current KSTA Past-President. 

Cost: $300 per person Early Bird rate through May 31 ($350 after)

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022 to Wednesday, July 27, 2022  
  • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

         Sign-in Time: 8:30 am to 9:00 am EST
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    Richmond, KY
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    Total  $ 300.00

    Cancellation refund policy: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded in full if made in writing to jessica.eaton@pimser.org at least 5 business days in advance of the event. Refunds will not be issued after this date. Substitutions will be accepted up until the date of the training; email jessica.eaton@pimser.org with attendee name and substitution name and email address.
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