TSTA is the largest science educator organization in Tennessee. We are five hundred + members strong! 

 

TSTA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING INSTITUTE

Are you in a district that needs professional development on how to implement the new science standards? TSTA has partnered with TN Tech Oakley STEM Center to offer a summer workshop series and with TN STEM Leadership Cadre to create customized professional development workshops that will come to your district or school.

Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) also provides annual conferences for classroom teachers that serve to promote the sharing of instructional practices and topical professional learning opportunities that amplify student learning through active engagement with the process of science. 

TSTA & TN STEM LEADERSHIP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SERIES SUMMER INSTITUTE

TSTA is excited to announce a collaborative effort with the TN Tech Oakley STEM Center to provide a TN STEM Leadership Cadre Professional Learning Series Summer Institute June 25-29, 2018. The TSTA TnTech STEM Center Summer Institute will have two segments: Awareness - June  25-26, and Advanced - June 26-29.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

AWARENESS WORKSHOP
TSTA Leadership Cadre presenters will conduct a one-day awareness session for K-12 participants concerning principles described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, followed by an introduction to the Phenomena Question Model (PQM) instructional framework as an approach for integrating 3-D learning seamlessly with the new TN science standards.

AWARENESS WORKSHOP 1
For K-5 and 6-8 participants
JUNE 25
8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST
$25 includes lunch
REGISTRATION LINK

AWARENESS WORKSHOP 2
For 9th -12th participants (preferably teaching subjects other than HS Biology and Chemistry)
JUNE 26
8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST
$25 includes lunch
REGISTRATION LINK

ADVANCED WORKSHOP - REGISTRATION OPENS MID APRIL
TnTech Oakley STEM Center will offer advanced professional learning sessions for K-12 teachers as a follow up to the TSTA awareness sessions. These workshops are funded by the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) and will apply principles and concepts from the Science Framework and PQM framework as tools for addressing the new state science standards. TSTA Professional Learning Series participants are encouraged to continue their professional development by attending the STEM Center sessions for K-8 on June 26-27 and 9-12 on June 28-29. TSIN Participants must make application for acceptance into the advanced portion of the institute. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Eddins seddins@tntech.edu  or register online AFTER APRIL 15 at https://www.tntech.edu/stem/register

June 26-27 TSIN Innovative Educator Workshop for Advanced Science Trainers
Kindergarten - Eighth grade
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Description: Limited to 25 educator participants with stipends provided by a grant from the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN). The focus of the TSIN workshop is to prepare teacher leaders to be able to provide support for their respective school districts to assist with the implementation of the new TN Science Standards. Participants will need to make an application to be selected as one of the 25 teacher leaders. Selected participants will be expected to serve as a resource for their respective school districts and nearby districts to help with their system’s 2018-2019 TN Science Standards implementation plan.  Selected participants must attend both days of the Advanced Science Teachers training. TSTA Professional Learning Series participants are encouraged to continue their professional development by applying for this workshop to serve as teacher leaders.
https://www.tntech.edu/stem/register

June 28-29  TSIN Innovative Educator Workshop for Advanced Science Trainers
High School Subjects
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Description: Limited to 25 educator participants with stipends provided by a grant from the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN). The focus of the TSIN workshop is to prepare teacher leaders to be able to provide support for their respective school districts to assist with the implementation of the new TN Science Standards. Participants will need to make an application to be selected as one of the 25 teacher leaders. Selected participants will be expected to serve as a resource for their respective school districts and nearby districts to help with their system’s 2018-2019 TN Science Standards implementation plan.  Selected participants must attend both days of the Advanced Science Teachers training. TSTA Professional Learning Series participants are encouraged to continue their professional development by applying for this workshop to serve as teacher leaders.

https://www.tntech.edu/stem/register

CUSTOMIZED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING WORKSHOPS

Offered by 2018 TSTA STEM Leadership Cadre 

Are you seeking to develop an understanding of how to effectively prepare students for success in learning and applying concepts embedded in the new science standards?

New state curriculum standards being implemented in school year 2018-19 presents TSTA with an opportunity to offer professional development outreach through its newly formed TN STEM Leadership Cadre. Cadre teacher leaders have developed the Professional Learning Series program to support effective science instruction as it is described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Professional Learning Series workshops are designed to model instructional strategies that fully integrate the 3-D learning (Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts) approach that will assist classroom teachers in transitioning to the new TN science standards.

Here is a sampling of Professional Learning Series workshop topics that are possible. Cadre members are able to adapt the following topics to specific audiences based on the survey descriptions.

Innovative Educator Workshop – A Framework for Elementary Science – refresher or introduction to how the Framework connects to the standards with a focus on 3-D learning and the Phenomena Question Model (PQM) instructional framework. Awareness Level: (1-3 hours) K-5 (can be expanded K-12)

Modeling Instruction for Science Education – an eight hour workshop that introduces modeling and ties it to the Framework; activities are paired with 3-D learning. Awareness Level:  6-8 (can be adapted K-12)

Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEP) – SEP # 1: asking questions about the natural world and designing solutions, using the Phenomena Question Model (PQM) instructional framework.  (Other SEPs can be addressed) Awareness and Implementation Levels: (1-2 hours) K-12

Framework Principles for Science Education Leader Community – targets district supervisors (coaches, administrators, etc.) with an introduction to how the Framework connects to the standards and focuses on 3-D learning. Awareness Level: (1-2 hours) 

Framework Principles for supporting the Science Educator Community – designed to assist higher education faculty with a refresher or an introduction to how the Framework connects to the standards with a focus on 3-D learning activities. Awareness and implementation Levels: (one half to full day)

Framework Principles for Informal Science Educator Community – designed to work with informal educators to provide a refresher or an introduction to how the Framework connects to the standards with a focus on 3-D learning activities. Awareness and implementation Levels: (one half to full day)

HOW TO REQUEST A CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOP

Please complete a brief online informational survey.  After the survey is submitted, a cadre member will respond to your request to discuss event details, and contact information for an appropriate workshop provider will be shared. Suggested speaker fee is $300/day plus travel and materials, and should include compensation for pre-presentation preparation.

A district/school professional learning event can also be customized to professional development needs for a particular audience. Organizers are encouraged to discuss professional development goals with the workshop provider to ensure that the final professional learning program is one that best fits your school/district PD needs.

TN TECH OAKLEY STEM CENTER

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