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Additional Science Workshops

July 16 & 17, 8:30am-3:30pm / In-person at BOCES 4 Science, 771 Elmgrove Road, RTP, Bldg. 2
For science teachers grades 6-12. Collaborative workshop to practice 3-D assessment writing based on the NYSED model. To participate in the workshop, you should be comfortable using the NYSSLS and the PLDs. Transfer the skills you develop to write your own assessments. (Suggestion: sign up with your department members!)

Aug. 5-9, 8:30am – 3pm / In-person at BOCES 4 Science, 771 Elmgrove Road, RTP, Bldg.2
This is a 5-day workshop for HS Science teachers to help them align their classroom instruction with NYSSLS and the shifts that it entails. We will start with the end in mind by diving into 3-D assessments and will then move to the instructional lens. Some of the instructionally focused tasks we will engage in are:
1) Adopt a process for evaluation of instructional resources (tasks, activities, instructional strategies, labs, phenomena, storylines)
2) Evaluate instructional resources, using our process, for inclusion in a curated collection to be shared with all.
3) Identify areas of deficiency in resources and plan/implement improvements.
4) Share curated collection and evaluation process with broader educational community.

Lunch each day on your own.

The workshops below are scheduled by request. Please contact Lisa Zeznick at lzeznick@boces4science.

Science “Look Fors” …. Especially for Administrators

The New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) have changed how science should be taught. How will you know if your school’s science education is aligned to the NYSSLS and 3-dimensional science instruction? This session provides an overview of specific shifts in the teaching of science and what administrators should “look for” when visiting classrooms.
Date: Scheduled by request
Time: One hour
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presenters: Steve Montemarano & Lisa Zeznick
Audience: School Administrators K-12

What’s the Story with SEPs and CCCs?

Join us as we jump into the NYSSLS Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs) Progressions! We'll collaborate on products illustrating how the SEPs and the CCCs grow in complexity across grade levels. You'll head back to school with the SEP and CCC visuals we create, and you will be ready to turnkey this workshop, if desired!
Date: Scheduled by request
Time: 3 hours
Location: Determined upon request
Presenters: BOCES 4 Science Instructors
Audience: K-12 Teachers of Science

123s of PLDs

Join us as we figure out how to help our young scientists excel! We will use the NYS Performance Level Descriptions (PLDs) to evaluate and revise a lesson. You will walk away with a solid process for helping students perform at high levels in your own classroom.
Date: Scheduled by request
Time: One hour
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presenters: BOCES 4 Science Instructors
Audience: K-5 Educators, 6-8 Teachers of Science

The NYSSLS and Instructional Shifts in Science

The New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) emphasize 3-Dimensional teaching and learning that incorporates Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Cross Cutting Concepts. This session examines how these standards are structured and how the instructional shifts change the way that science is taught in the classroom to help students move from learning facts to making sense of the world around them.
Date: Scheduled by request
Time: Scheduled by request
Location: Determined upon request
Presenter: BOCES 4 Science Instructors
Audience: K-12 Teachers and Administrators
BOCES 4 Science is a collaborative science program service developed through a partnership among the BOCES in the Mid-Western New York State region. 
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