Einstein Training Sessions

What if we looked at professional development differently in 2018-19?  Rather than seeing it as something you have to do, what about reframing it as something you want to do?  These very questions are at the heart of some of the changes we are implementing at the Einstein Project.

This summer we will be conducting two, yes, TWO weeks of academy!  Check your calendar for June 18-22 and/or August 13-17.  Our professional development will feature sessions that are aimed at helping teachers fine-tune their knowledge base of scientific concepts, how to use formative and summative assessments to measure student learning, and getting a true understanding of Wisconsin Standards for Science based on NGSS.  In addition, there will be makerspace workshops and options for being participating in an online virtual academy or a special Science Leadership Academy.

So if you’re feeling the “itch” for summer to arrive, don’t just start counting down the days left of the school year.  Make a decision to continue growing as a professional and/or challenge yourself to learn something new that will make you a rock star in the classroom.  Start by making plans to attend the Einstein Project’s Summer Academy 2018.

Academy #1 – June 18-22

Science Leadership Academy

STEM – PLC – Virtual Learning Academy

Academy #2 – August 13-17

Workshops

STEM PLC - Virtual Learning Academy

6/13/2018 - 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This is a professional book study using the book, Ambitious Science Teaching written by Windschitl, Thompson, and Braaten (Harvard Education Press, April 2018). We will meet through webinar format to have meaningful discussions and encourage thoughtful reflection of about how you can improve your classroom science instruction to meet the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. Meetings will occur 11:00 AM-12:00 PM on June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22.

Science Leadership Academy

6/18/2018 - 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This session runs Monday-Friday, June 18-22. It is a series workshops is designed to equip classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills needed for becoming a teacher-leader in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Daily topics include: Transforming your Instruction, Using the NGSS Playbook, The Power of Formative Assessment, Crafting an Exemplar Science Unit, Exploring Next Steps in STEM Programming. For more info... https://goo.gl/kdJocj

Learning from an Expert in the Field (Earth Science)

6/18/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Brush up on your own (adult) understanding of the science concepts you teach from someone who uses this knowledge in their professional career. Earth Science expert(s) will cover content in connection with the following Einstein Science Kits: Land & Water, Ecosystems, and Rocks & Minerals.

Learning from an Expert in the Field (Physical Science)

6/19/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Brush up on your own (adult) understanding of the science concepts you teach from someone who uses this knowledge in their professional career. Physical Science expert(s) will cover content in connection with the following Einstein Science Kits: Forces of Motion, Motion & Design, Electric Circuits, Solids & Liquids, and Chemical Tests.

Learning from an Expert in the Field (Life Science)

6/21/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Brush up on your own (adult) understanding of the science concepts you teach from someone who uses this knowledge in their professional career. Life Science expert(s) will cover content in connection with the following Einstein Science Kits: Animal Studies, Life Cycle of Butterflies, Microworlds, Organisms, Plant Growth & Development, and Exploring Plants and Animals.

Maker Mindset Workshop #1

6/21/2018 - 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to a framework that supports the development of a maker mindset. We'll do hands-on experiences with activities that represent aspects of the framework to give you a solid understanding of how each contributes to the maker mindset development. From tinkering to projects to challenges, you'll get a wide range of exposure to the maker movement. You don't have to have access to a makerspace to apply what you'll experience in this workshop!

Science Notebook & Formative Assessment #1

6/22/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Monitoring student learning throughout a unit is an effective way to understand what they know and/or which students may need re-direction before misconceptions become beliefs. Science Notebooking is a strategy and routine that helps students’ develop informational and technical writing skills. You will go in-depth with how notebooks are organized and used effectively in daily instruction, as well as how to implement this technique in a way that is not overwhelming for you or your students.

Maker Mindset Workshop #2

8/16/2018 - 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to a framework that supports the development of a maker mindset. We'll do hands-on experiences with activities that represent aspects of the framework to give you a solid understanding of how each contributes to the maker mindset development. From tinkering to projects to challenges, you'll get a wide range of exposure to the maker movement. You don't have to have access to a makerspace to apply what you'll experience in this workshop!

Phenomenon Based Instruction

8/13/2018 - 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
. Phenomenon based science instruction transforms “learning about” into “figuring out.” In this half-day workshop you will… • experience a phenomenon driven lesson, • discover how to select phenomena for your instructional units, and • learn how to structure learning experiences and investigations that revolve around anchoring phenomena

Talk Moves - Productive Discussion Techniques

8/13/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Students need opportunities to share their thinking in a safe environment that will offer opportunities for reflection, justification, and refinement. In this workshop you will experience how to facilitate productive discussions, learn how to use sentence stems and prompts that encourage students to communicate with clarity and purpose, and foster discussions that help students to understand each other’s thinking and clarify their own arguments.

Building Exemplary Science Lessons

8/14/2018 - 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With the lack of available resources that are truly aligned with NGSS, this is a perfect time for teachers to find, evaluate, and revise/modify existing Open Educational Resources (OER) materials to be used in creating an exemplary science unit/lesson. In this session you will learn about the teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain, what open licensing requirements are, and how to modify/revise an existing science lesson utlizing the Einstein's NGSS Playbook.

Driving Question Boards & Summary Tables

8/14/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Have you ever wanted students to feel empowered about their own learning? Driving question boards and summary tables are two instructional strategies that do just that. You will learn how to facilitate an entire unit around the use of a driving question board and summary table. Most importantly, you will walk away with resources and strategies that you can use in all of your instructional units!

Science Notebooking & Formative Assessment #2

8/15/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Monitoring student learning throughout a unit is an effective way to understand what your students know and/or which students may need re-direction before misconceptions become beliefs. Science Notebooking is a strategy and routine that helps students’ develop informational and technical writing skills. You will go in-depth with how notebooks are organized and used effectively in daily instruction, as well as how to implement it in a way that is not overwhelming for you or your students.

Modeling in Science

8/17/2018 - 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
As students begin a unit their initial understanding may be incomplete. Using models allows them to share their understanding and revise it as investigations provide new evidence and understanding. In this workshop you will learn strategies for using models in your instruction. Discover ways to help students use models to develop questions, construct predictions and explanations, look for flaws within complex systems, and communicate their understanding.