CUE NGSS PD

PRACTICES

CORE IDEAS

CROSSCUTTING

What are the NGSS?

The Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS) are the nation’s new K–12 science standards, rich in content and practice. The NGSS are arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education.

CUE is excited to partner with worldwide NGSS and STEAM expert Naomi Harm. Naomi can come to your school and positively impact instructors with meaningful and transformative models for integrating NGSS concepts into nearly all grade levels and subject areas.

What Do Scientists and Engineers Do?

Introduction Overview NGSS Workshop

(2 or 4 hour workshop options)

Description:

This dimension of the NGSS engages students in actively doing science and thinking like a scientist—or an engineer! Bring inquiry based CUE Craft protocols and hands-on blended learning activities to your professional development to help educators build an awareness and comfort level with the eight Practices. Educators will map out what they might look like in the classroom, brainstorm and document how engineering fits into all core areas.

Participants in these activities will:

  • Become more familiar with the Science and Engineering Practices.
  • Explore simple examples of classroom activities connected to the practices.
  • Brainstorm and document how one thematic unit based activity can be focused on different practices, depending on the educator’s purpose and learning outcomes.

Modeled Learning Approaches

Large group presentation, interactive group discussions, hands-on stations, grade-level think tanks, mobile walks abouts, small-group work, and creative reflection.

Design Your Own Engineering “Passion to Purpose” Challenges

NGSS Engineering Habits of Mind Workshop

(2, 4, or 6 hour workshop options)

Description:

Are you willing to participate in an engineering design challenge and take your new NGSS skills to the next level? If so, this introduction to intermediate rotation station workshop will provide you hands-on experiences to build familiarity and confidence with the Science and Engineering Practices. It will provide a pathway of guidance to consider what types of engineering activities might look like in your classroom. You will have the opportunity to modify from a template,  and design your own “passion to purpose” engineering challenge with your teammates. All the while discovering how NGSS engineering activities fit into all core subject areas. As an added bonus, inquiry-based CUE Craft protocols, thinking routines, and blended learning reflection activities will be implemented throughout this half day or full day workshop.

Participants in these activities will:

  • Build confidence and stronger comfort level with the Science and Engineering Practices,
  • Engage in NGSS exemplar engineering classroom challenges and activities,
  • Modify and design an NGSS rotation station activity that can be implemented into varied skill levels, based on the educator’s purpose and grade level learning outcomes.

Modeled Learning Approaches

Large group presentation, interactive group discussions, hands-on stations, grade-level think tanks, mobile walks abouts, small-group work, and creative reflection.

STEM Quest - Think Like A Computer Scientist and Design Like an Engineer

NGSS Engineering Habits of Mind Workshop

(2, 4, or 6 hour workshop options)

Description:

Create the next generation of data scientists, scientific innovators, and digital citizens who are skeptical, curious, and evidence-based thinkers. This workshop will take you on a STEM quest to discover hands-on activities and teaching strategies to develop engineering habits of mind with your students. You will be immersed in mission-based, rotation station learning experiences supported with CUE Craft protocols/templates to support collaborative literacy skills. The missions will include choice CS and engineering design challenges focused on block-based coding and robotics, unplugged literacy activities, “Meet the Engineering Mentors,” and culminating activities of designing your engineering vision/dream boards to share your CS and engineering story through FlipGrid digital storytelling segments.

Participants in these activities will:

  • Construct a Six Hat Thinking K-Cup model to build the unique individual you,
  • Enhance their comfort level and understanding with the Science and Engineering Practices.
  • Discover hands-on CS and engineering activities, templates and teaching strategies, to develop engineering habits of mind with their students,
  • Design an NGSS engineering dream board to share their CS/engineering learning story.

Modeled Learning Approaches

Large group presentation, interactive group discussions, hands-on rotation stations, grade-level mission based tasks, and creative model design and reflection.

Building An NGSS Learning Community All Year Long

NGSS Engineering Habits of Mind Workshop

(2, 4, or 6 hour workshop options)

Description:

How might your classroom change as a result of purposeful NGSS professional learning? Explore the foundations of how CUE Craft instructional frameworks can transform your NGSS teaching practices. You will have the opportunity to create higher order thinking skills experiences with scaffolding techniques to solve a problem. You will explore a collection of questioning stems to allow for more meaningful classroom conversations, to empower students to ask more questions and actively participate in group conversations. A variety of protocols will be modeled to allow for deeper learning reflections, while empowering students to choose their learning strategies, and pick choice materials and resources to support their learning.

Participants in these activities will:

  • Discover how to structure student collaboration groups to maximize active participation and communication,
  • Create higher order thinking skills experiences with scaffolding techniques to solve a problem,
  • Empower students to ask the questions, choose the strategies, and pick the materials & resources,
  • Explore practical planning tools to set your PD goals and aligne NGSS teaching & learning agenda.

Modeled Learning Approaches

Large group presentation, interactive group discussions, hands-on stations, grade-level think tanks, mobile walks abouts, small-group work, and creative reflection.

About Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm is an educational technology thought leader and influencer. She welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise of women leadership and instructional STEM best practices with educational leaders worldwide.

Her professional learning offerings include:

  • Mentoring young girls and women to pursue passion-driven STEM careers,
  • Facilitating engineering and CS experiences infused with coding, robotics and makerspaces
  • Redesigning classroom spaces and learning experiences with the brain in mind,
  • Inspiring students and teachers to be co-creators of new teaching and learning experiences with Google Suite of collaboration tools.
  • Creating Growth Mindset Vision Boards with Google Tools
  • How to Build and Support STEAM Initiatives in Your Schools

Her 20+ years in the educational learning space reflects a passion driven approach to leading & learning as:

  • CUE NGSS Lead Learner,
  • ISTE Faculty Instructional Coach,
  • Google Certified Innovator, and
  • CEO and founder of her own Innovative Educator Consulting company.

Naomi's past educational leadership positions include:

  • k12 Education Strategist for major tech corporations of Dell EMC, Intel and Wonder Workshop
  • EdTech Director for 26 Wisconsin school districts,
  • Kindergarten and 4/5th grade looping teacher/tech integration specialist in Bangor, WI schools.

She has spoken at over 125 National and International technology conferences, and her most recent keynotes and featured speaker addresses include:

  • Future Ready – Honolulu, HI, ISTE
  • Chicago, NAF NEXT Washington, D.C.
  • STEMWorks Honolulu, HI
  • LA USD Los Angeles, CA
  • ISTE, Ed Web and Simple K12 Global Webinars
  • CUE Palm Springs, CA
  • WI SLATE and MN TIES
  • SSLA Saskatoon, Canada
  • AVEdTech Summit Palmdale, CA
  • Practical Pedagogies in Toulouse, France
  • NCTIES in North Carolina – and
  • SchoolNet South Africa in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

To continue the learning conversation, please feel free to reach Naomi Harm through Twitter: @NaomiHarm or Email: Naomi@NaomiHarm.org  or her Web Page: http://www.NaomiHarm.org

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