Professional Development

Examining the Impact of Lesson-Analysis Based Teacher Education and Professional Development across Methods Courses, Student Teaching, and Induction

Author/Presenter: 
Christopher Wilson
Molly Stuhlsatz
Connie Hvidsten
Betty Stennett
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
Presentation on ViSTA at the 2017 NARST conference in San Antonio, Texas. The ViSTA Plus project is a multi-year preservice teacher education program for elementary teachers that spans the methods course, student teaching, and the first year of teaching.

Emerging Design Principles for Online and Blended Teacher Professional Development in K-12 STEM Education

2017 CADRE Fellows

Between February and September 2017, awardees representing 11 projects participated in a series of activities designed to elicit and form consensus around emerging design principles for online and blended teacher PD programs in K–12 STEM education. The resulting principles are organized and presented around three themes: 

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
Following the launch of Spotlight on Online & Blended Professional Development (PD), CADRE convened awardees representing 11 DRK-12 projects in a series of activities designed to elicit and form consensus around emerging design principles for online and blended teacher PD programs. The resulting principles are presented in a new report.

The Leaders Handbook for the Practicum Academy to Improve Science Education (PRACTISE)

This handbook provides detailed information on how to conduct a series of research-based professional learning sessions focused on helping elementary classroom teachers to facilitate science argumentation with their students. Each session is 2-3 hours long and focuses on topics such as:

Author/Presenter: 
Emily Weiss
Craig Strang
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
The Practicum Academy to Improve Science Education (PRACTISE) is a professional learning program to support scientific argumentation in grades 3-5. This handbook provides detailed information on how to conduct a series of research-based professional learning sessions focused on helping elementary classroom teachers to facilitate science argumentation with their students.

If You Build It, Will They Reflect? Examining Teachers’ Use of an Online Video-based Learning Website

Many teachers use online professional development websites, but little is known about what teachers actually learn from them. This study explored teacher use of an online video-based learning website with over 37,000 members. It used web analytics to study user selection of video resources and coding of website commentary to analyze teacher responses to videos. The results indicated that teachers commonly view video clips designed for immediate use rather than reflection and respond to videos by evaluating the pedagogy positively.

Author/Presenter: 
Meg S. Bates
Lena Phalen
Cheryl Moran
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
Many teachers use online professional development websites, but little is known about what teachers actually learn from them. This study explored teacher use of an online video-based learning website with over 37,000 members.

Online Professional Development: A primer

Many teachers are turning to online professional development to meet their learning needs, but the vast array of available opportunities may be overwhelming. This article provides a framework for making sense of common online teacher learning opportunities. It also suggests situations where online professional development may be most useful and presents a challenge for educators to consider when engaging in online learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Meg S. Bates
Lena Phalen
Cheryl Moran
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
This article provides a framework for making sense of common online teacher learning opportunities. It also suggests situations where online professional development may be most useful and presents a challenge for educators to consider when engaging in online learning.

Does Competency-based Professional Development have legs?

Does the promise of competency-based PD outweigh the challenges to implementing it? Do we really want competency-based PD or just more effective, sustained, job-embedded PD like instructional coaching, lesson study, and the like. Read this blog by Meg S. Bates as she ponders these questions and more.

Author/Presenter: 
Meg S. Bates
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
Does the promise of competency-based PD outweigh the challenges to implementing it? Do we really want competency-based PD or just more effective, sustained, job-embedded PD like instructional coaching, lesson study, and the like. Read this blog by Meg S. Bates as she ponders these questions and more.

Agent based modeling in StarLogo Nova

Variations of this slide deck were used in 3 different presentations this summer about the Teachers with Guts project:

  • Agent-based modeling in StarLogo Nova. MIT Nord-Anglia Teacher Program. (2016)
  • Introducing Project GUTS. MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers. (2016)
  • Infusing Computational Thinking into Science Classrooms. ISTE Conference.  (2016)
Author/Presenter: 
Irene Lee
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
Variations of this slide deck were used in 3 different presentations this summer about the Teachers with Guts project.

Supporting the Intersections between Computer Science and the NGSS

This presentation on "Supporting the Intersections between Computer Science and the NGSS" was presented at the NSTA STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis, MN. (2015)  

Author/Presenter: 
Irene Lee
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 
This presentation on "Supporting the Intersections between Computer Science and the NGSS" was presented at the NSTA STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis, MN. (2015)

MSPnet Academy: Infusing Computational Thinking into Science Education

The Santa Fe Institute has been developing programs and curricula that infuse computational thinking into Science education for the past 12 years. In this webinar, presenters describe how the study of Complex Adaptive Systems through computer modeling and simulation fits into existing science frameworks and classes, share information about their program and curricula, and describe the professional development needed to prepare Science teachers to address the computational thinking practices presented in the NRC framework and NGSS.

Author/Presenter: 
Irene Lee
Paige Prescott
Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 
In this webinar, presenters describe how the study of Complex Adaptive Systems through computer modeling and simulation fits into existing science frameworks and classes, share information about their program and curricula, and describe the professional development needed to prepare Science teachers to address the computational thinking practices presented in the NRC framework and NGSS.

Appendix 5 of the California Science Framework: Computer Science in Science

This appendix of the California Science Framework focuses on Computer Science in Science.

Citation: Lee, I.2016. California Science Framework. Appendix 5: Computer Science in Science  Retrieved on 11-15-16 at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp

Author/Presenter: 
Irene Lee
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
This appendix of the California Science Framework focuses on Computer Science in Science.

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