Author:
Jamie Rumage
Subject:
Environmental Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Geology
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Module
Level:
Preschool, Lower Primary, Upper Primary
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English

Science in Elementary Classrooms for Oregon Administrators

Science in Elementary Classrooms for Oregon Administrators

Overview

This self-guided course is designed to guide administrators, particularly those in K-5 schools, in thinking about science education in their buildings and to provide background on and fundamentals regarding the Oregon Science Standards (also referred to as NGSS and Next Generation Science Standards). Additionally, this short course will inform participants about the instructional shifts required for Oregon Science Standards/NGSS three-dimensional teaching and learning, guide the development of a plan to support science teaching and learning, and highlight the essential role of equity and inclusion in Oregon's science standards.

Science in Elementary Classrooms

Welcome, Oregon Administrators!

This self-guided course is designed to guide administrators, particularly those in K-5 schools, in thinking about science education in their buildings and to provide background on and fundamentals regarding the Oregon Science Standards (also referred to as NGSS and Next Generation Science Standards). Additionally, this short course will inform participants about the instructional shifts required for Oregon Science Standards/NGSS three-dimensional teaching and learning, guide the development of a plan to support science teaching and learning, and highlight the essential role of equity and inclusion in Oregon's science standards.

The Canvas platform organizes learning units as courses; within courses are modules, and within modules are pages. There are two modules in this course. The pages of each module are comprised of short videos, articles,  journal and reflection prompts, opportunities to share new ideas, and guidance on planning for quality science teaching and learning.

Participants may choose to complete these modules on their own or with colleagues. Having a small group of peers, such as a PLC made up of elementary administrators from the same or neighboring districts, will provide trusted thought partners and a bit of accountability as one moves through the lessons and takes concrete steps to further the enactment of Oregon's science standards.

Approximate times for each page in Module 1 are listed below. Ideally you will move through this module over several weeks. This will allow for time to process new information, observe and reflect on science education in your building, and connect with colleagues. However, if you prefer an intensive course, allow for approximately three hours for Module 1.

Module 1 Learning Objectives

  • Reflect on current science practices in your building
  • Develop basic understanding of the three dimensions of NGSS
  • Understand the key instructional shifts called for in Oregon's Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Understand the essential role of your equity focus regarding science teaching and learning
  • Develop plans to support elementary science teaching and learning

There are 8 Pages in Module 1: Establishing Your Foundation:

  1. Getting Started (approximately 15 minutes)
  2. State of Science in Elementary Schools (approximately 15 minutes)
  3. A New Vision for Science Education (approximately 25 minutes)
  4. NGSS: Three Dimensional Teaching and Learning (approximately 15 minutes)
  5. Instructional Shifts of NGSS (approximately 25 minutes)
  6. Equity and NGSS (approximately 25 minutes)
  7. Planning for NGSS In Your Building: Your Vision (approximately 30 minutes)
  8. Planning for NGSS In Your Building: Concrete Action Steps (time will vary; generally participants need at least 30 minutes)

 

Mdule 1

If you are retuning for Module 2:

Module 2

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