Research Based Elementary PBL Curriculum for Science (and ELA, and math, and…)

NSTA is hosting a two-part webinar called, Transforming Science Learning: Project-Based Learning: Principles to Sustain Student Learning and Teacher Change in Practice. It will take place on December 6 & 7, 2022, from 7-8:30 PM ET.

Have you wanted to implement a Project-Based Learning unit in your classroom? Would you like to introduce PBL curriculum in your school? Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL), an Open Education Resource, provides interdisciplinary science units Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards that also address Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades K-5. Our research shows that students, regardless of reading level, who used the 3rd Grade ML-PBL units, outperformed a matched control group on a summative assessment developed and validated by a third party.

This seminar is Part 1 of a two-part series. In these two 90-minute sessions, you will engage in the ML-PBL Grade 4 Dynamic Earth unit called, How will this place on Earth change in 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 1,000,000 years? All lessons are designed to be (1) flexible and adaptive, (2) responsive to student ideas and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and (3) both, enjoyable and intellectually satisfying for the teacher and students. The project-based design supports a high level of student interest and engagement and includes performance-based equity and social and emotional learning goals. ML-PBL provides embedded supports for Multilingual Learners.

In Part 1 the presenters will focus on high-quality Project-Based Learning curriculum, features, and accessing Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning using examples from U4.1 Dynamic Earth. Register to Part 1.

In Part 2 the presenters will focus on assessment and adaptation for equity using examples from U4.1 Dynamic Earth and other units. Register to Part 2.

Key Takeaways:

· How features of PBL and the NGSS work together

· Strategies for using formative, informal, and summative assessment to guide teaching

· Discourse supports for responsive teaching

· Making “principled adaptations” in ML-PBL

· How to access and navigate ML-PBL Grades 3-5 units

James

James Emmerling

Science Education Consultant

District and School Services, Oakland Schools

O:(248) 209-2542

James.emmerling

Twitter: @jremmerling

2021-2022 Professional Learning Opportunities

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Science Shout Out!

This shout out goes to Wendi Vogel!

“because she is very collaborative, always shares her resources, and takes the lead on our regional science collaborative. She works so hard and is always thinking about how to support teachers. I really appreciate her!”

MI Sci PLN Meeting Follow up

Hey friends!

From the sound of the voices in my head, last week’s MI Sci PLN was a success!  I wonder…do others agree?!?  Share the thoughts in your head by completing this quick survey.  Even if you weren’t able to join us this time, we still value your ideas, so open the survey and skip to question 3.

I also need to ask a favor of you.  The School Toolkit group worked hard to create products that they thought might help elementary schools begin teaching science.  Would you mind looking through a portion of the toolkit and offering some feedback.  Your ideas will help them improve this product so we can all use it!

  • Review a section of the toolkit.
  • Submit feedback.
  • Want to continue providing feedback and review? Please email Linnea GibsonL@CharEmISD.org to connect for future work.  If you don’t hear back from her, it’s because she’s having a baby!

Lastly, I will look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, January 24, 2023 (registration linked), but hopefully sooner.

Have a wonderful holiday season?!?

James

📣 Upcoming Professional Learning for School Leaders

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network

Upcoming Events for School Leaders and Coaches

Are you an instructional leader supporting teachers and students using IM 6-12 Math™? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s opportunities for administrators, coaches and leaders coming up this Winter 2023.

If your school or district is looking for district-specific IM-certified professional learning, please check out other opportunities MMSLN has to offer. We can bring the same great PL to your district’s doorstep.

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Coaching
Problem-Based Teaching and LearningThis 8-part series was designed to provide coaches with a deeper understanding of the structures and beliefs along with the core components and practices embedded in the IM 6–12 Math™ curriculum, supplemental materials, and professional learning for teachers.

This session is ideal for coaches and math leaders who have experience working directly with teachers implementing IM 6–12 Math™ . It will be most useful after several months of implementation.

Curriculum Overview
What are the key features of IM 6–12 Math and where do we focus as we implement a new curriculum? In this session, school leaders will learn about the important components of a problem-based curriculum, the design structure of IM Math, and key ideas from Teach & Learn.

Though it can be helpful during the first year of implementation, this session is ideal prior to implementation so that school leaders can plan for what is to come.

Leading IM Implementation
How can instructional leaders play a role in facilitating ambitious and equitable mathematics instruction? The purpose of this session is to examine the key role of instructional leaders in establishing and supporting the conditions necessary for successful implementation of the IM curriculum. The session builds on instructional leaders’ understanding of the problem-based lesson structure and IM’s approach to access and challenge, developed in the Curriculum Overview for School Leaders.

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📣 Upcoming Professional Learning for School Leaders

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network

Upcoming Events for School Leaders and Coaches‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network

Upcoming Events for School Leaders and Coaches

Are you an instructional leader supporting teachers and students using IM 6-12 Math™? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s opportunities for administrators, coaches and leaders coming up this Winter 2023.

If your school or district is looking for district-specific IM-certified professional learning, please check out other opportunities MMSLN has to offer. We can bring the same great PL to your district’s doorstep.

View all events

Coaching
Problem-Based Teaching and LearningThis 8-part series was designed to provide coaches with a deeper understanding of the structures and beliefs along with the core components and practices embedded in the IM 6–12 Math™ curriculum, supplemental materials, and professional learning for teachers.

This session is ideal for coaches and math leaders who have experience working directly with teachers implementing IM 6–12 Math™ . It will be most useful after several months of implementation.

Curriculum Overview
What are the key features of IM 6–12 Math and where do we focus as we implement a new curriculum? In this session, school leaders will learn about the important components of a problem-based curriculum, the design structure of IM Math, and key ideas from Teach & Learn.

Though it can be helpful during the first year of implementation, this session is ideal prior to implementation so that school leaders can plan for what is to come.

Leading IM Implementation
How can instructional leaders play a role in facilitating ambitious and equitable mathematics instruction? The purpose of this session is to examine the key role of instructional leaders in establishing and supporting the conditions necessary for successful implementation of the IM curriculum. The session builds on instructional leaders’ understanding of the problem-based lesson structure and IM’s approach to access and challenge, developed in the Curriculum Overview for School Leaders.

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Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Networkmimathandscience.org
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ITEST Project Recruitment Letter

Please share with teachers in your areas!

Dear TEACHER,

STEM Storytelling through Podcasts for Sighted, Blind, and Visually Impaired Students (or SSP for short) is an NSF-funded project involving the use and creation of podcasts in the classroom. We are attempting to broaden participation for blind and visually impaired and sighted upper-elementary students through engaging with podcast technology to tell stories about scientists, including those who are Blind and Visually Impaired. We would like to invite you to consider being a part of our teacher advisory board.

About the Teacher Advisory Board
For this project, we want to make sure to include a range of teachers’ voices, expertise, and experience. We will use our teacher advisors’ feedback in designing and modifying our podcasts and resources developed as part of this project. We are looking to recruit 25 teachers from a mix of classrooms with sighted students and/or with blind and visually impaired students, who teach STEM courses in grades 3-5, and are working in a variety of schools and conditions across the country.

Our teacher advisors will help review our material throughout the year, providing feedback via short questionnaires and focus group discussions with other teachers. They will also help by testing some of our resources in their classrooms with their kids. We expect that involvement with the advisory board will take roughly 10 hours over this academic year. Duties will involve:

  • Reviewing materials 2-3 times throughout the year
  • 1-hour focus group discussions at 2 times throughout the year
  • Completing 2-3 short questionnaires throughout the year that take roughly 15 minutes each
  • As appropriate and reasonable, testing resources in your teaching

Teachers who are selected as a teacher advisor for this project will receive a $500 stipend for the year. They will also receive recognition as a teacher in a national project, as well as early access to podcast resources and professional learning opportunities. There will be an opportunity for teachers to continue in years 2 and 3 of the project, as well.

If you are interested, please go to the teacher interest form to apply!

Thanks,

-Marshall Escamilla

Last chance to register!

Join others from our Michigan Mathematics Education community. Can’t wait to see you there!

The third course in the Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Series

Last Chance to Register!
Registration for our newest course Embracing and Encouraging Multiple and Varying Ways of Sharing, Showing, and Communicating Knowledge is open through Thursday, November 18. This course is part three of our three-part course series Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction.

This is a six-hour, self-paced course, which means you can take it on your own time now through January 31, 2023. All participants who complete the course will immediately receive a certificate verifying six professional learning hours.

We look forward to learning with you!

Register Now
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