Workshops and Institutes

Integrating NGSS Science Practices with Common Core Literacy Strategies Using a Hudson River Ecology Teaching Case and Online Data Tools

January 15, 2015 - February 12, 2015

This five-session online workshop focuses on how to integrate science practices with specific Common Core reading and writing standards using a collection of videos, essays, and online data tools that tell the story of how scientists investigated the ecological impacts of the invasive zebra mussel on the Hudson River ecosystem.

The Next Generation Science Standards, which were released in April of 2013, describe a set of science practices to help cultivate students’ scientific habits of mind, develop their capability to engage in scientific investigations, and teach them how to reason in context. During this course participants will actively engage in the practices of analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and conceptual thinking, and constructing explanations in addition to working on classroom applications of these concepts.

Over the last two years the AMNH has worked with literacy specialists to develop resources and associated reading and writing scaffolds to support science teachers who are being required to integrate literacy strategies into the science curriculum. The teaching case materials consist of videos and essays that describe how scientists from the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies investigated the zebra mussel invasion. These resources support specific Common Core literacy standards in reading and writing such as: determining the central ideas of text and citing specific textual evidence to support the analysis of science texts; writing informative texts to construct science explanations, and argumentative writing in science using the framework of claims, evidence and reasoning.

Target Audience
Middle and High School teachers who teach ecology.

Dates and Times
The course takes place on five consecutive Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 pm beginning on January 15, 2015 and ending on February 12, 2015. Each session is completely online so travel to the museum is not necessary.

Technology Requirements
Participants will need access to a computer with a microphone, a web cam, and broadband internet access.

Dr. David Randle, Senior Manager of Professional Development, AMNH
Dr. Adriana Aquino, Senior Science Content Specialist, AMNH

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a copy of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and The Next Generation Science Standards.

Funding for the development of the river ecology teaching case materials was provided by the National Science Foundation Grant # DRL-0918560.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.