Our professional development workshop will be held on the UConn main campus during three consecutive days in the summer of 2017 (details below). The workshop will offer curricular and technological resources underpinning the following NGSS Performance Expectations: The theme will be water, weaving in all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework: core ideas, key practices, and cross-cutting concepts.

This workshop is designed for upper middle and high school science teachers who teach in the Earth sciences (via integrated and/or standalone courses).

Day One

We’ll start at the global level but quickly bring the issues down to the regional and local scale. We’ll be in the classroom, but also visiting field sites around the campus that illustrate points about sustainability of water resources from both the quality and quantity angles.

Day Two

The second part of the class will focus on the use of online mapping tools as a way to explore local water resources and connect them to larger issues. Participants will be exploring maps, but also making online maps of their own!

Day Three

On Day Three, you will be devising tailored water module to take back to your students, based on templates provided by the instructors but also designed to be focused locally and to take advantage of your new skills. Select participants and their classes may be interviewed when modules are implemented by UConn researchers to study the effectiveness of these modules.

Water & Sustainability

A 3-day short course centered on the NGSS Earth & Human Activity Disciplinary Core Idea

Dates: August 16-18, 2017
Location: University of Connecticut Main Campus, Storrs, CT
Tuition: No tuition required for participants
Accommodations & Supplies: Participants will make accommodations (if needed); all supplies provided. Transportation: Participants need to arrange for transportation to and from the workshop. If assistance is needed in arranging transportation, please contact us. We will not be able to help with last minute requests.

This workshop will focus on the connections between land use and water resource health. We'll start globally but quickly focus in on Connecticut. Concepts will be explored in the classroom but also in a half-day field tour of the UConn campus, which is known for its innovative stormwater management practices. Participants will be taught how to use existing online mapping tools to explore these concepts for themselves in ways that align with NGSS, and for their particular geographic area of interest.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Laura Cisneros, NRCA Program Coordinator


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