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Plan now to participate in this year’s Science professional learning opportunities.

Driving Instruction with Argumentation for 6-12 teachers at AFESC, March 12, 2019

Scientific argument helps students make sense of phenomena. Teachers can use argumentation to transform the way they teach labs so students have more opportunities to learn how to use Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), and Science/Engineering Practices (SEPs) to figure out how things work or why things happen. Argumentation gives students opportunities to learn how to read, write, speak, and listen in science. Experience lessons driven by argument and gain tools to increase the reasoning skills within your students.

TESS Components: 1a, 1b, 1c, 3a, 3b, 3c ESCWORKS: 361766

3D Formative Assessment for the Science Classroom for K-12 teachers

Scheduled for schools as needed.

Do you want to improve your science teaching? How are you formatively assessing student learning in science? The new science standards require three dimensional teaching and learning, but how do you assess student use of the Science and Engineering practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas?

In this session, we will examine assessment tasks, revise them to better inform instruction of the new science standards, and compare to ACT Aspire exemplar assessment items. You will learn to identify DOK levels in current assessments and how to increase the rigor of those assessments

Follow-up support in schools with individual and teams of teachers will be provided.

TESS components: 1f, 1c, 3d, 4a, 4e

This was previously presented in November and July 2018 Sessions at AFESC.

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Contact Information

Sharon McKinney

Science Specialist


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