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Stay tuned for 2018-2019 FOSS PD Dates!

Professional Development

FOSS Next Gen PD

FOSS PD is for teachers new to the Next Gen FOSS modules at their grade level. We will go through each activity in each unit. Some we will do in quite a bit of depth, some we may only spend a few minutes touching on. The PD Leaders will also go through with you the various Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS students will engage in in each activity. Please make sure to bring your teacher investigation guide and notebook with you each time - if you have them. If you are unsure if this PD is for you please email Sarah Pierce, spierce1@luc.edu, with questions.

Next PD details:

Cuneo Hall, Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus

  • Kindergarten:
  • 1st Grade: Room
  • 2nd Grade: Room
  • 3rd Grade: Room
  • 4th Grade: Room
  • 5th Grade: Room

Campus Map

CPS teachers should register on CPS Learning Hub for this PD:

  • Kindergarten:
    • Course Code / Class Code
  • 1st Grade:
    • Course Code / Class Code
  • 2nd Grade:
    • Course Code / Class Code
  • 3rd Grade:
    • Course Code / Class Code
  • 4th Grade:
    • Course Code / Class Code
  • 5th Grade
    • Course Code / Class Code

Notes: Confirmation/Reminder emails will be sent a couple days before. Check this site for updates and details.

(Directions & Parking: If driving, turn north onto Kenmore Ave. from Sheridan Rd. Parking is available for $7 in the parking structure [parking is P1 on this map] or you may search for street parking for free.)

2017-2018 FOSS Next Gen PD Dates:

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

  • K: Materials and Motion
  • 1: Sound and Light
  • 2: Solids and Liquids
  • 3: Motion and Matter (CANCELLED due to low registration)
  • 4: Energy
  • 5: Mixtures and Solutions

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

  • K: Animals Two by Two
  • 1: Plants and Animals
  • 2: Insects and Plants
  • 3: Structures of Life (CANCELLED due to low registration)
  • 4: Environments
  • 5: Living Systems (CANCELLED due to absent registrants)

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

  • K: Trees and Weather
  • 1: Air and Weather (CANCELLED due to low registration)
  • 2: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
  • 3: Water and Climate (CANCELLED due to low registration)
  • 4: Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
  • 5: Earth and Sun (CANCELLED due to low registration)



http://www.fossweb.com/home (curriculum)

http://www.deltaeducation.com/ (publisher)


Framework for K-12 Science Education - free download. First process in the development of the upcoming "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS). To be best prepared to understand the new standards when they are released, become as familiar with this document as possible. NSTA has released a guide to the frameworks here to get you started.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - official site for information regarding NGSS

NSTA Webinars - FREE! A plethora of webinars, each roughly 60-90 minutes, on each Science and Engineering Practice, Crosscutting Concept, and Disciplinary Core Idea (currently on going). Download the accompanying ppts as you watch. A great way to build in your understanding!


Sarah Pierce - for FOSS, PD, and site questions

Science Instrucional Coach

Loyola University

Center for Science and Math Education


Julie Jacobi - for FOSS and site questions

Science Instrucional Coach

Loyola University

Center for Science and Math Education


Dean VanOrder - for FOSS materials questions

Regional Sales Manager

Delta Education (FOSS)