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Investing in Teachers Training Component -- Science Academies



Updated: March 21, 2012

ACADEMIES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS

Intent: Create a shift in instructional practice to challenge students to higher levels of understanding

Target: Designed for middle and high school science teachers

Goal: Train approximately 420 middle school science teachers and 420 high school teachers

Background: In July of 2011, the National Research Council (NRC), created the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The Framework is a critical first step, as it is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and identified the science all K-12 students should know. The Framework is the basis for the upcoming college and career ready Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). South Dakota is a lead state in the creation of the NGSS, set to be complete in March of 2013.

In 2012, Governor Dennis Daugaard created the Investing in Teachers initiative to provide a significant investment in the teaching profession. The Science Academies were created to build instructional capacity for teachers to better understand and then begin to implement the vision for science education found within the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This foundational training is essential groundwork in laying the foundation for successful students and is the first step in a two-stage process to prepare South Dakota teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards. The second step is to train the teachers in the actual NGSS, prior to implementation and assessment of the standards.

Timeframe:
2012-13
• Creation of content for Middle and High School Academies


Summer 2013
• Academies for middle and high school science teachers
• Regional locations
• 2 days during the summer
• Participating teachers receive $125/day stipend for summer work

2013-14
• Creation of content for K-5 Academies


Summer 2014
• Academies for K-5 teachers
• Regional locations
• 2 days during the summer
• Participating teachers receive $125/day stipend for summer work


2013 Middle and High School (6-12) Science Academies

Middle and High school teachers will be trained regionally by “Lead Teachers.” All teachers will be trained in the dimensions of the Framework for K-12 Science Education with a specific focus on the scientific and engineering practices. Academies will each be held for two days in the summer of 2013.

Training of “Lead Teachers” and creation of academy content will take place during 2012-13. In spring of 2013, once “Lead Teachers” have had experience utilizing the Framework, the exact structure of the science academy will be developed.

Calendar of Training Dates for Middle and High School Science Academies
Middle School
Location

Date
High School
Location

Date
Aberdeen June 12-13 Aberdeen June 12-13
Mitchell June 19-20 Mitchell June 19-20
Mobridge June 19-20 Mobridge June 19-20
Pierre June 19-20 Pierre June 3-4
Rapid City June 12-13 Rapid City June 12-13
Rapid City July 10-11 Rapid City July 10-11
Sioux Falls June 12-13 Sioux Falls June 12-13
Sioux Falls July 10-11 Sioux Falls July 10-11
Watertown June 26-27 Watertown June 26-27
Yankton June 26-27 Yankton June 26-27


Description of PD for 9-12
Trainers will model 3-dimensional instruction (Scientific and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts from the Framework and NGSS) through activities and provide video evidence of this instruction occurring in South Dakota classrooms. The video footage is based on model lessons that have been aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and South Dakota Science Standards. Teachers will leave with 3-dimensional lessons that can be immediately implemented and will gain an understanding of the vision for science education in South Dakota. Teachers will also leave with knowledge of the 3-dimensional lesson-building process, which they can use to advance their curriculum.

This is a two day regional training for middle school and high school science teachers. There are 10 locations with two trainings occurring per location. At each location, one training will be for middle school and one training will be for high school. Up to 60 teachers will be accommodated at each location, with 30 at each training. Stipends of $125/day will be paid to each attending science teacher, for no more than two days of training. Therefore, teachers should only sign up for one training. A minimum of 20 teachers will be required to host a training.

**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER**
Registration ends on April 26.



2014 Elementary (K-5) Science Academies

More details to come!





CONTACT

For information about this training effort, contact Sam Shaw at the Department of Education, (605) 773-5229.





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