Making Sense of Traits in Populations Using Genetics: Population Genetics, Selection, and Other Mechanisms of Change in Frequencies Over Space and Time
Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis and Megan McKenzie, Da Vinci Charter Academy
We’ll immerse ourselves in a piece of 9th grade biology curriculum designed to follow student exploration of genetics. How might we use our understanding of the connections between genes and traits to inform ideas about differences among populations? We’ll use a variety of human traits to examine how patterns vary in space and over time. We will also briefly discuss the connection between divergence among populations and the process of speciation. Note: Middle school teachers are welcome to participate, but this particular piece of curriculum does not appropriately address the middle school standards around genetics or evolution and may be out-of-sequence for middle school life science classrooms.
Making Memories: Modelling Information Processing in Humans
Instructor: Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
What makes us do the things we do? While some actions are conscious decisions, others seem to happen immediately as if by magic. Why do we have reflexes? And why are some faster than others? In this session, we will explore the structure and function of the human body, specifically the nervous system and the formation of reflexes and memories.
NGSS: MS-LS1-8, MS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-2
Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Scientific Models
Instructor: Candice Guy, UC Davis and Jason Fisk, Vacaville High School
In this session, we will develop and use a model to explain phenomena related to cycles of matter and energy flow in ecosystems, while focusing on productive instructional moves that can facilitate student sensemaking. The strategies discussed will include some ways to encourage argumentation among students, facilitate group-talk, and how to press students for evidence-based explanations.
NGSS: HS-LS2A, HS-LS2B, HS-LS2C
NGSS Fundamental (Morning Session Only)
Instructor:Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
During this workshop, you will learn the basic architecture of NGSS (how NGSS is organized around 3-dimensions, connections to Common Core, etc.) and you will be introduced to the instructional shifts necessary for NGSS implementation. This workshop is intended for people that are new to NGSS and have never attended Super SIRC before (the same workshop was offered last year).
NGSS Intermediate: Exploring phenomena through the lens of multiple cross-cutting concepts
Instructor:Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology and Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
In this workshop you will closely examine the NGSS crosscutting concepts to build a greater understanding of how to integrate them into your classroom instruction. In particular, you will use crosscutting concepts as tools to develop explanations for phenomena. This workshop is intended for people that have already attended the Fundamental science and engineering practices workshops and the fundamental crosscutting concept workshop. (note: this is different Intermediate workshop than was offered last year).
Engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards
Instructor:Ben Fell, Sacramento State Engineering
Presentation will provide context for the engineering design process for use in primary and secondary education toward the development of an informed population. NGSS Practices are discussed from an engineering perspective with an emphasis on contrasting science and engineering. General schemes are provided with guided break-out discussions to brainstorm how to incorporate engineering into a science-based curriculum. Note: similar material presented in the iSEE program by Dr. Fell.
Anatomy of an NGSS Lesson Sequence: Examining Model-Based Learning in Action
Instructor:Cindy Passmore, UC Davis School of Education
Together we will take a peek into classrooms that are aligned to the three-dimensions of NGSS and examine how to bring the science and engineering practices to life. We’ll consider three important questions: what kinds of curricular supports do we need, how do we orchestrate and manage NGSS-aligned lessons, and what does it look like when it goes well?
Phenomena, Questions, and Models
Instructor:Arthur Beauchamp, REEd Center
Explore how to identify and describe phenomena, develop productive questions, and understand or assemble models. This workshop would be appropriate for all 6 – 12 teachers of science.
Choosing and Using Phenomena (Afternoon Session Only)
Instructor:Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
What is a phenomenon? Why do we need one? How do I know if it is a good one? Let’s explore the meaning of phenomena, in terms of the NGSS, and see how we can effectively use them to engage students in sense-making.