NC-MSEN Statewide Institute for Teaching Excellence offers workshops for K-12 teachers

Registration is open for three professional development workshops developed by the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network. These workshops are designed to deepen participants’ science content knowledge and to strengthen their ability to encourage inquiry. Participants will examine misconceptions, reflect together on instructional strategies designed to engage young students.

Each session lasts nine days (five days in the summer and four days during the 2010-2011 school year) and focuses on the major science themes in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for its particular grade levels. These sessions will also emphasize the authentic integration of literacy, mathematics, and technology.

SITE: K-2 Science

June 21 – 25, 2010 plus four days to be scheduled during the 2010-2011 school year, 8:30 – 4:00 daily at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC.

  • Earth Systems (weather features, Earth materials, and solar energy)
  • Force and Matter (properties of matter, energy, properties of force)
  • Living Organisms (needs of organisms, cycles of life, variety of organisms)

SITE: 3-5 Science

June 21 – 25, 2010 (NCSSM) plus four days to be scheduled during the 2010-2011 school year, 8:30 – 4:00 daily at the North Carolina School for Science and Math in Durham, NC. Content will include:

  • Rock Cycle (soil properties, composition/uses of rocks and minerals and landforms)
  • Ecology (plant growth and adaptations, animal behavior and adaptations, and interdependence of plants and animals)
  • Energy/Forces (light, heat, magnetism and electricity, and forces and motion)
  • Weather and Climate (wind direction & speed, precipitation, cloud cover, air pressure, weather patterns, influence of geography on weather)

Assessment in science and managing science materials also will be included in this institute.

SITE: 6-8 Science

June 28 – July 2, 2010 plus four days to be scheduled during the 2010-2011 school year, 8:30 – 4:00 daily at the North Carolina School for Science and Math in Durham. Topics included in this institute are:

  • Life Systems (human body, microbiology, pandemics)
  • Earth Systems (hydrology, lithosphere, and population dynamics)

Assessment in science and managing science materials also will be included in this institute.
Registration information

  • Registration deadline: May 1, 2010
  • CEUs — for each session educators will earn 5.4 CEUs for 9 days
  • Cost — $100/day ($900 total) for teachers residing on NCSSM campus or $85/day ($765 total) for commuters. Breakfast and lunch included for residents; lunch included for commuters. Four days of instruction are scheduled during the school year; teachers need substitutes to attend the two Friday/Saturday sessions at NCSSM.
  • Tuition Waiver — For teachers serving in schools designated as Low Performing or Priority on the NC Report Card, grant funds will be applied and the tuition will be waived. Teachers qualifying for the grant must pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Support from the grant does not cover the cost for substitutes for teachers attending instructional days during the school year.

To register, follow this link to the registration process. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats are limited.

For more information, contact Carole Stern, (stern at ncssm dot edu), (919) 416-2635.

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