Program Overview

Professional Development for Advanced Coursework

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Contents: 

  1. Introduction to the Professional Development for Advanced Coursework in STEM
  2. Workshop Descriptions

Introduction to the Professional Development for Advanced Coursework in STEM

The New York State Education Department in partnership with the College Board has signed a multi-year agreement for a program focused on  Professional Development for Advanced Coursework in STEM.  This rigorous training will provide teachers with advanced pedagogical skills to increase student learning and academic achievement in the STEM content areas.

The program will include 1,500 teachers and commences  with 5-day Institutes in Math and Science which will focus on aligned curriculum through vertical teaming. Training opportunities will be ongoing for the duration of the program with blended face-to-face and online professional development through August 31, 2014.

All the workshops are free, and count towards 70 hours/Continuing Education Units. Any travel expenses incurred for attending the workshops will be the responsibility of the district or the individual. Participation will enhance teachers’ knowledge, skills, and ability to prepare students for college and careers. Participation will promote a rigorous, academic- focused culture for Schools in Improvement Status.

Year 3 – Workshop Descriptions:  Setting the Cornerstones

This two-day workshop offers a step-by-step action plan for administrators and teachers who are planning to build an AP Vertical Team in their schools. Participants receive a toolkit of concrete applications, including strategies and hands-on activities that can be used to build vertical teams and to begin developing their district’s action plan. Guided discussions facilitate identifying and solving potential roadblocks.

Workshop content is based on four all new cornerstones:

  1. Standards alignment
  2. Research-based strategies
  3. Instructional design
  4. Professional learning communities

 Learning Outcomes

You’ll leave the workshop with these powerful tools in hand:

  • A step-by-step action plan, with built-in accountability, to form your own vertical team.
  • A deeper understanding of the four cornerstones through modeling and hands-on activities.
  • A toolkit of concrete methods, research-based strategies, and proven techniques.

Year 2 – Workshop Descriptions:  Helping Students Learn Mathematics Through Problem Solving

Provides strategies for designing and using meaningful investigations, writing dynamic problems, and enhancing current classroom activities so that students will develop a deeper understanding and produce more thoughtful responses. Teachers will gain an understanding of how successful students learn and how to develop those skills in others, as well as how to build relevant, informative assessments that will allow them to monitor and foster mathematical thinking without interrupting instruction.

Year  2 – Workshop Descriptions:  Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom

Designed to assist science teachers in creating a facilitative classroom that focuses on inquiry, encourages higher levels of thinking for all students, and orchestrates discourse through speaking, writing and graphic representation. Specific strategies addressed include inquiry-based learning, discussion and discourse techniques, a five-stage instructional model, inductive thinking, discrepant events, brainstorming, assignment of roles in collaborative groups and graphic organizers. The workshop provides strategies for designing and using meaningful investigations, writing dynamic problems, and enhancing current classroom activities so that students will develop a deeper understanding and produce more thoughtful responses. Teachers will gain a clear understanding of how successful students learn and how to develop those skills in others, as well as how to build relevant, informative assessments that allow teachers to monitor and foster scientific thinking without interrupting instruction. Workshop topics include engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration and evaluation.

Year 1 – Workshop Description:  Strategies for Science Vertical Teams

This interactive, in-depth workshop gives you the tools to build or strengthen a Vertical Team, which will help you align science curriculum across grades seven through twelve to rigorous standards for increasing student learning and academic achievement.  In addition, you will learn and implement research-based instructional strategies to foster inquiry and reasoning in your students. You will emerge from this workshop with inquiry-based model labs and lessons, an aligned set of learning progressions, and a practical action plan for your Vertical Team in order to prepare your students for success in college-level courses.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to:

  • Build a Vertical Team or strengthen an existing one.
  • Align science curriculum across grade levels.
  • Create and implement an action plan.
  • Foster inquiry and reasoning using research-based instructional strategies.

Year 1 – Workshop Description:  Strategies for Mathematics Vertical Teams

This interactive workshop gives you the tools to establish and strengthen a Vertical Team and to align a curriculum vertically across grades seven through twelve to rigorous standards which will increase student learning and academic achievement. Through the implementation and vertical articulation of concrete strategies, you will gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge students need for grades seven through twelve levels.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a curriculum that emphasizes the Seven Reasoning Processes of mathematics at all levels of instruction to support successful mathematical learning. You will analyze and write Multiple-Choice Questions as formative assessment. Additionally, you will learn how to identify Rich Mathematical Problems and activities for use in the classroom. Finally, you will learn how to adapt AP Exam Free-Response Questions as a vertical alignment strategy and create a concrete Action Plan for your Vertical Team.

Our goal is for you to emerge from this workshop with a clear idea of how to align learning progressions and a concrete action plan for your Vertical Team so you can prepare your students for success in AP and college-level course work.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to:

  • Master the Seven Reasoning Processes of Mathematics.
  • Identify, develop, and use Rich Mathematical Problems.
  • Adapt AP® Exam Free-Response Questions for use in all classrooms.
  • Align a mathematics curriculum across grade levels around key concepts.
  • Create an Action Plan for developing and sustaining a Vertical Team
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