Archdiocese of Louisville Teachers Explore the Next Generation Science StandardsBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on June 24, 2016 in Teacher Training Workshops
Had a great two days conducting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for teachers of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. The training was divided into two full-day sessions, grades 3-5 and a second day with grades 6-8. I was asked by the Diocese to focus on inquiry-based practices, and Science and Engineering Practices. I began the day with providing the participants with symbolic materials to represent the 3 dimensional aspects of the NGSS. Designing lessons that blend the three components of the NGSS (Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts). To introduce engineering design process and design thinking both groups were given engineering design challenges to undertake throughout the training. Participants conducted investigations to explore: materials science, force, motion, and energy, biodiversity, adaptations, and more. Teachers were also introduced to the use of reflective journals in the NGSS classroom. It was a pleasure working with all the dedicated and motivated teachers of the Archdiocese of Louisville as well as the education staff of the Diocese. The following photos were taken during the two days of training. For more information about the NGSS, STEM, Maker Ed teacher training workshops Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts throughout the nation and world complete the contact form on this website.