PSESD Science Services
Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Science Specialists can work one or more days in your district to coordinate science curriculum and instruction efforts. Current and upcoming changes in state math and science standards, WASL assessments, and adoptions based on state curriculum recommendations will increase the amount and the focus of work that districts will be engaged in over the next several years.
PSESD will meet with key district staff to determine ongoing science support needs. The science specialist is an employee of PSESD, contracted to the district for a specific number of days annually. An annual calendar is established upfront on either a one-day-per-week schedule (e.g., every Thursday) or other customized arrangement throughout the year.
• Professional development and coaching
• Instructional strategies and curriculum-specific training
• Coordination of curriculum, assessment, and instruction alignment work
• Development and management of systemic science interventions
• Customized science support based on district need
Professional Development Opportunities
Registration Open for (free) Professional Development for Code.org Courses
Computer Science course applications for the Code.org 2017 professional learning opportunities are now open. We have received applications for ½ of our regional seats for Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles and the middle school Computer Science Discoveries. We are in the process of reviewing applications for ½ of our regional seats for AP Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries.
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
- Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop (dates and locations assigned by district)
- Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (normally on Saturdays)
- Engaging in 20 hours of online PD
- Teaching the course during the 2017-18 school year
- Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population
Applications close on March 17, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Once the seats for our region are filled we will close registration.
PSESD Science publishes two monthly newsletter during the school year addressing themes and problems of practice that arise from our collaboration with science educators in our region. Additionally the newsletter provides resources and promotes statewide and regional upcoming opportunities.
The Next Generation Science Standards are the Washington State Science Learning Standards. It is important that you share the following information about regional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators.
Washington State NGSS Implementation is underway and the science assessments will be here sooner than we realize. Now is the time to build teacher and administrator awareness about the Next Generation Science Standards.
Teachers need to be aware of the NGSS because:
- NGSS is different than anything we have had before.
- NGSS requires instructional shifts that take time to learn.
- Teachers need time to experiment with new practice before they are formally held accountable.
- 50% of elementary, middle and high school teachers in our region claim to have not received any formal training or information about the NGSS.
- Next Generation Science Standards
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