Institute for Educational Development

NEW Seminar Presented By

Outstanding Science Educator and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Who Teach Science in Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, Science Specialists, and Administrators

  • Innovative strategies for more effectively integrating the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS’ science practices, crosscutting concepts and engineering practices into lessons, units and classroom assessments
  • Timesaving tips for improving student learning of the NGSS
  • Practical strategies for maximizing student engagement in learning science through anchoring phenomena
  • Receive an extensive NGSS resource handbook filled with dozens of the best resources to help you design instruction and assessments aligned to the NGSS

Practical Strategies

The Next Generation Science Standards outline ambitious learning goals for students. Finding the best instructional materials and assessments that align with these standards, are engaging for students, and can be implemented within the time constraints we find in our classrooms and schools can be challenging. In this highly engaging, interactive seminar, you will learn a wealth of effective ways to design lessons, instructional units and classroom assessments that align with the NGSS.

Throughout the day, Elizabeth Mirra, an experienced, award-winning secondary science teacher, will show you how to more effectively integrate the three dimensions of the NGSS into engaging instructional sequences that will motivate your students and maximize their learning of the new standards. You will receive a wealth of innovative ideas for incorporating the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and engineering into your instruction that will enhance your students’ ability to master the essential skills and concepts included in the NGSS.

Come and discover the best, new innovative ways to foster continuous improvement in your students’ mastery of the new NGSS—and see the significant difference it will make in their achievement in science!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Make Best Use of the Next Generation Science Standards to Increase Student Engagement in Learning Science
    Learn where to find and how to use anchoring phenomena in your instruction to authentically engage your students in learning science
  2. Maximize Student Achievement in Science
    Learn to design units of instruction that enable ALL students to master science concepts in a time-efficient way
  3. Authentically Integrate the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
    The crosscutting concepts are often the dimension of the NGSS that is most challenging for us to explicitly integrate into instruction and assessments … Learn easy-to-implement strategies for integrating the crosscutting concepts into instruction and classroom assessments
  4. Monitor Student Learning Through Developing and Revising Models
    Learn how to use student-generated models as a formative assessment at the beginning of a unit and throughout a unit of study so that we can see what students really know and understand about the science they are learning
  5. Help Students Generate Scientific Questions About Phenomena
    The science and engineering practice of asking questions allows us to use students’ natural curiosity about phenomena as a springboard into instruction … Learn strategies for helping students ask questions that you can bring back and use in your classroom tomorrow
  6. Discover the Best Easy-to-Use Resources for Designing Your Own Three-Dimensional Classroom Assessments
    Designing assessments that integrate science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas can be challenging … Receive resources that simplify and streamline this process
  7. Where to Find the Best High-Quality Three-Dimensional Lessons, Units and Assessments that Align with the NGSS
    Finding instructional materials and assessments that align with the NGSS can be tricky - lots of resources say they are aligned but few truly are … Learn where to go to find the best resources!
  8. Learn to Recognize the Characteristics of High-Quality NGSS Aligned Lessons and Units
    Discover easy-to-recognize hallmarks of quality lessons and units aligned to the NGSS so you can easily determine the quality of resources you find online and use the hallmarks to design your own resources!
  9. Discover Innovative Methods for Integrating Engineering into Science Lessons and Units
    Under NGSS, engineering should be integrated into our regular science instruction … Learn how incorporating engineering thinking into your science lessons to deepen students’ understanding of the science concepts and how to plan and facilitate this type of learning experience
  10. Receive an Extensive Science Resource Handbook Focused on Learning the Next Generation Science Standards
    Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas, tips, tools and resources for developing and implementing lessons, units and assessments aligned to the NGSS

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Proven techniques for helping students develop the skills they need to master the NGSS science and engineering practices
  • Effective strategies for creating lessons, units and assessments that are truly three-dimensional and integrate the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas in authentic ways
  • Where to find anchoring phenomena, how to effectively use them to launch a unit of study and easy ways to continually come back to the phenomenon throughout a unit of study
  • Easy-to-implement strategies for integrating the NGSS crosscutting concepts into lessons and assessments.
  • Innovative techniques for helping students ask quality scientific questions that can be used to drive instruction
  • Key criteria that are essential components of NGSS aligned lesson, units and assessments
  • Practical strategies for integrating engineering into science instruction
  • Proven methods for structuring and facilitating a more student-centered classroom
  • Practical ways to strengthen students’ ability to develop and revise models so they become a powerful formative assessment tool
  • Proven strategies to help students when they get “stuck” without telling them the answers
  • Best resources for lessons, units and assessments that are aligned to the NGSS
  • Timesaving techniques for modifying existing lessons and resources so they are more open-ended and inquiry-based
  • Practical examples of what instruction and assessments look like under the NGSS
  • Innovative ways to support student collaboration and engagement in argument from evidence
  • Specific methods for improve student learning and retention of the science concepts and skills identified in the NGSS

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I look forward to welcoming you for a day that will be filled with a wealth of outstanding, practical, take-right-back-to-your-classroom strategies you can use to develop highly effective lessons and assessments for your science classroom. Specifically designed for science educators in grades 6-12, our day will focus on sharing the best resources, tools, and strategies for helping students master the Next Generation Science Standards.

Throughout the day, I will share highly effective ways to seamlessly integrate the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas into effective and engaging instructional sequences. I will share innovative techniques for creating a dynamic, student-centered classroom where students collaborate to make sense of real-world scientific phenomena. Your classroom will become a more efficient and effective learning environment where critical thinking, hands-on science and project-based learning lead to increased student mastery of the NGSS.

I invite you to join me for this valuable experience that will inspire and motivate you to return to your classroom and immediately implement the resources and cutting-edge instructional techniques I will share at this seminar. To help support this experience, you will be provided with an extensive resource handbook that includes the resources shared during the seminar. I will respect your time by only sharing the best resources and strategies to help your students master the new standards. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Elizabeth Mirra

P.S. As an experienced secondary teacher, I understand the extra effort it takes to be out of the classroom. I promise that our day together will be worth your time and that you will leave with dozens of ready-to-use, practical ideas and strategies you can implement immediately in your science classrooms.

Who Should Attend

Educators Who Teach Science in Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, Science Specialists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive NGSS Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive NGSS resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical ideas for helping your students meet rigorous science content and practice standards, including those aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards
    • Powerful strategies to increase student engagement and retention of core ideas from the new standards
    • Innovative ideas for integrating the science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts into your science instruction
    • Proven step-by-step techniques for planning engaging instructional sequences aligned to the NGSS
    • Outstanding ideas for incorporating engineering into your science instruction
    • Creative ways to integrate reading, writing and math into your science instruction
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other secondary science educators interested in helping students master the NGSS.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Elizabeth Mirra will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own science program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.