In July, 2018, Science Master Trainers and 7 new “Apprentice Trainers” met for three days to develop facilitation materials for a six hour “Foundational Professional Learning” session for “NGSS Phase 1” comprised of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom units for grades 1-5 that focus on Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science.
The Master Trainers and apprentices collaborated with ESD 105’s STEM Resource Center to modify kit materials to optimize classroom instruction. Enhancements were made to equipment, materials, and inventory sheets to decrease prep time and streamline materials management for teachers.
Delivering Professional Learning to Support Regional Implementation for NGSS Phase 1
A total of 422 teachers from 13 school districts and 2 private schools have been trained to implement the NGSS Phase 1 units.
53 teachers received training “in-district” by new Master Trainers from those districts. One district with a significant population of underserved students hosted an ‘in-district” event where 102 of its teachers received training on a “District–directed in-service day”.
Place-Based Connections for a NGSS Phase 1 Unit
ESD 105 is partnering with the Yakima Area Arboretum to develop extension activities for the “How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?” unit. The activities will leverage the outdoor learning space afforded by the Yakima Area Arboretum. This facility is easily accessible from Interstate 82 for schools seeking a field experience opportunity for students.
In September and October, 188 Grade 1-5 teachers will have been trained to implement NGSS/Climate Science lessons with approximately 4,700 students in South Central Washington.