Talking Science: Engaging Students in Academically Productive Talk

For grades 6-12
June 21-22, Lexington
Do you have a wealth of strategies to provide all student opportunities to cognitively engage in productive science talk?

Learn how to facilitate conversations – an integral part of learning science. Explore strategies to engage students as they discuss observations, explain evidence, share their wonderings, and help each other make connections.

Join PIMSER this summer as we explore together and reflect on application of classroom strategies to engage all students cognitively in scientific talk. Learning is social and a necessary aspect of any discipline. The strategies focus on collaborative science talk - student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and teacher-to-student conversations - as an integral part of learning science.

You will leave this series with:
  • strategies to engage students in academically productive talk
  • strategies for creating a culture of productive talk and establishing talk norms
  • a variety of talk formats and talk moves to support student conversations
Audience: science teachers and coaches grades 6-12

Schedule: 15 hours of PD credit
June 21-22, 9am-4pm EST (in-person in Lexington)
Two additional 90-minute sessions during the 2022-23 academic year (fall semester, dates/times will be set at June meetings). The virtual sessions will be an opportunity to examine other opportunities for productive academic talk, share classroom experiences, and refine skills.

Facilitator: Stephanie Harmon, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner & Rockcastle County 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, June 21, 2022 to Wednesday, June 22, 2022  
  • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

         Sign-in Time: 8:30 am to 9:00 am EST
  • Fayette Co. Board of Education
    Room 150 A-B
    450 Park Place
    Lexington, KY 40511
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    Registration Fee  
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    Subtotal   $ 300.00
    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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