Professional Development


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

Course: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth Sherman and Jean Ward
Dates/Time/Location: June 22-26, 2015 and Nov. 21, 2015 
Credits: 3 graduate credits from Castleton College
Cost: 345.00 
Intended audience:  Teachers of students in Grades K-8

General Description: How do we make sense of the array of organisms and their interrelationships with one another and their habitats?  How can we account for the enormous diversity of these interrelationships?  The study of ecosystems helps us organize our understanding and inquiry as we follow the flow of energy and the cycling of matter through these diverse systems on earth. In this course, we will examine the properties that characterize all ecosystems (trophic levels of organisms, matter, and energy) and then do case studies of local ecosystems including a pond, forest, meadow, and farm at a lowland valley site (Bennington College) and an elevated Taconic Range site (Merck Forest).  We will also consider the meaning and importance of conservation.

COMMUNITY GEODESIGN IN VERMONT

Course: Engineering Content In The NGSS World
Instructors: Dr. John Van Hoesen and Teaching Partner Scott Diedrich
Dates/Time/Location: Dates: Hybrid/ Face-to-Face Saturday March 28, June 25 & 26; and online
Credits: 3 graduate credits from Castleton College
Cost: $600
Intended audience:  Teachers of students in Grades 3-8 (others welcome)

General Description: This course will explore a variety of geologic processes responsible for geohazards that commonly occur in Vermont and also focus on the potential engineering-related options for increasing resilience to these evens.  The course will specifically explore the effects of flooding, erosion, and mass wasting through historical case studies and identify the potential options for responding to similar events in the future. Case study explorations will involve a mixture of historical data, a variety of maps, and field-based observations within each student’s local community.



Engineering Content In The NGSS World

Course: Engineering Content In The NGSS World
Instructors: Dr. David Feinauer, Dr. Michael Prairie, Dr. Karen Supan, Dr. Tara Kulkarni, and Teaching Partner/Coordinator Mrs. Sharron Prairie.
Dates/Time/Location: June 21-26, 2015 at Norwich University
Credits: 4 Graduate credits from Castleton State College
Cost: $600

General Description: For 2015, the Norwich STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Institute will present a holistic approach to incorporating engineering content into Science, Mathematics, Technology, and English/Language Arts instruction (ELA).  The goal of the course is to provide teachers with an opportunity to experience engineering design challenges and act as student learners in an integrated approach to science, engineering, mathematics and literacy instruction.  These experiences should then support teachers as they develop an instructional unit to meet one of the engineering performance expectations from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).




Cross Cutting Concepts in Physical, Life and Earth Science

 

Course: Cross Cutting Concepts in Physical, Life and Earth Science
Instructors: Catherine Garland PhD; Elizabeth Sherman PhD; John Van Hoesen, GISP; Lynne Kelly, Teaching Partner
Dates/Time/Location: 8/4/14-8/5/14 at Castleton State College ; 8/6/14 at Bennington College; and 8/7/14-8/8/14, 5/9/15 at Manchester Elementary and Middle School; all from 8:00-4:00, 
Credits: 3 Graduate credits from Castleton State College awarded in May 2015 
Cost: $345.00 payable to BRSU (Bennington Rutland SU) 

Cross Cutting Concepts in Physical, Life and Earth Science: participants will engage in the Disciplinary Core Ideas of physical, life and earth sciences with a focus on the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts of patterns and cause and effect. The cross-cutting concepts of patterns and cause and effect inform all disciplines of science. Participants will apply that knowledge to their classrooms throughout the school year and show evidence of learning through student work.





Year 1: Next Generation Leadership Institute 2014-15

Part 1: Cross Cutting Concepts in Physical, Life and Earth Science
Instructors: Catherine Garland PhD; Elizabeth Sherman PhD; John Van Hoesen, GISP; Lynne Kelly
Dates/Time/Location: 8/4/14-8/5/14 at CSC ; 8/6/14 at Bennington College; and 8/7/14-8/8/14 at Manchester Elementary and Middle School; all from 8:00-4:00

Part 2: Year 1: Next Generation Leadership for Systemic Science Education Reform
Instructors: Jean Ward and Lynne Kelly
Dates/Time/Location: Manchester Elementary Middle School: 8/11-8/13/14 from 8:00-4:00; and 11/8/14, 3/7/15, 5/9/15 from 8:30-3:30

Credits: 6 Graduate credits from Castleton State College awarded in May 2015 
Cost: $690.00 payable to BRSU (Bennington Rutland SU) 
Stipend: $1500.00 at completion of institute 

Institute Description: Participants in the Next Generation Science Leadership Institute will participate in a two part science leadership opportunity. In Part 1: Cross Cutting Concepts in Physical, Life and Earth Science, participants will engage in the Disciplinary Core Ideas of physical, life and earth sciences with a focus on the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts of patterns and cause and effect. The cross-cutting concepts of patterns and cause and effect inform all disciplines of science. Participants will apply that knowledge to their classrooms throughout the school year and show evidence of learning through student work. In Part 2:

Year 1: Next Generation Leadership for Systemic Science Education Reform, participants will develop the skills needed to work within their schools to build science learning communities which advocate for science reform and improved student learning. The institute will begin in the summer of 2014 and extend throughout the school year, using an online and face-to-face model, in order to provide a high level of continuous support for leadership and science content implementation. Institute content will focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but also include connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), use of NECAP Science data, use of science education research, and implementation of best practices in science assessment. Eligibility: Preference will be given to teachers who have completed the STAR Teacher Program, teachers who have participated in the Vermont Science Initiative, or teachers with a degree in science. Other applicants with leadership skills and science content knowledge are encouraged to apply.





Year 2: Next Generation Science Leadership Institute 2014-15

Title: Year 2: Next Generation Science Leadership Institute
Instructors:  Jean Ward and Lynne Kelly
Credits:  2 Graduate credits from Castleton State College awarded in May 2015
Dates/Time:  8/14/14-8/15/14 (8:00-4:00), 11/6/14, 3/5/15, 3/26/15, 5/7/15 (4:30-8:30) (March 26 meeting is online.)
Location:  Manchester Elementary Middle School
Cost:  $230.00 payable to Bennington Rutland SU (BRSU)

Course Description:  Participants in Year 2: Next Generation Science Leadership will develop the skills needed to provide whole school NGSS professional development and continue to advocate for science reform and improved student learning. The course will begin in the summer of 2014 and extend throughout the school year, using an online and face-to-face model, in order to provide a high level of continuous support for science leadership implementation. Course content will focus on digging deeper into the NGSS and the construction and implementation of a NGSS unit of study.
Eligibility: Participants will have successfully completed Year 1: Next Generation Science Leadership. 
  1. Participants will become confident users of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  2. Participants will share this expertise with all the science teachers at their school.
  3. Participants will develop a NGSS unit of study.