Arch Ford Science
Thanks for visiting the Arch Ford Science page! Below you'll find a monthly update of recent events here at Arch Ford, and a list of upcoming summer science sessions.
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
– John Maxwell
Summer 2017 Training Dates and Locations
Grasping Phenomenal Science K-4
Educators will explore the Arkansas K-4 science standards by engaging in grade-specific investigations. Student-focused learning through the integration of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted.
Grasping Phenomenal Science 5-8
During this three-day opportunity, educators will explore science phenomena, reflect on instructional strategies, and make connections to the new Arkansas K-12 Science Standards. Student-focused learning through the application of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted. An introduction to the optional Accelerated Science Course Pathway will be included.
Participation in all three days of this session meets the ADE requirement for Pre-Advanced Placement Science (Pre-AP) teacher certification or re-certification.
Grasping Phenomenal Science Biology - Integrated
During this two-day opportunity, educators will engage in phenomenon-based investigations aligned to the new Biology - Integrated course. Student-focused learning through the application of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted.
- Arch Ford: July 17-18 click here to register
Grasping Phenomenal Science Physical Science - Integrated and Chemistry - Integrated
During this two-day opportunity, educators will engage in phenomenon-based investigations aligned to the new Physical Science - Integrated and Chemistry - Integrated courses. Student-focused learning through the application of science, math and literacy skills will be highlighted.
- Arch Ford: June 5-6 click here to register
Grade Level Leadership Cadres
In collaboration with the ATU and UCA STEM Centers, Arch Ford currently has two science leadership cadres of approximately 30 teachers in each group (K-4 & 5-8). These groups meet 3 times each semester, and spend the day looking at different aspects of the Arkansas Science Standards. Each session includes time for participating in a phenomenon based lesson and then provides teachers time to work together on topics and developing lessons they can use in their classrooms. This leadership group will expand next year (2017-18) to include a 9-12 cadre. The activities of each group will vary based on their stage of implementation. K-4 will begin to move beyond introduction to sustainable implementation, by writing and sharing lessons among themselves. The 5-8 cadre will continue to explore phenomenon based instruction and begin to develop shared lessons. The 9-12 cadre will focus on building a basic understanding of the theory and pedagogy behind the standards and what this type of teaching and learning looks like in the classroom.
On March 1st and 2nd we had a group of K-4 and 5-8 teachers at Arch Ford. The theme of the each day was on how teachers can integrate engineering into science. Our two main tasks were to purify water by using energy from the sun, and designing a balloon rocket that can be used to explain forces and motion. Both of these tasks were centered on the science and engineering components behind each phenomena. Our next team meetings were May 9th for grades 5-8, an May 10th for grade K-4, here at Arch Ford where we focused on the developing lessons for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st of this year.
Services provided include, but are not limited to:
- Science teacher support
- Science content knowledge support
- Providing professional development
- Locating and developing supplemental teaching resources
- Assisting with data-driven decision making