2017-18 Science PL Offerings from Northeast Georgia RESA & Oconee River GYSTC

We are excited to share our science professional learning offerings for 2017-2018.  We developed these with input from our regional advisory council and based on the state’s implementation plans for the Science GSE.  Please forward this as appropriate, and please let us know if you have any questions.  Teachers can register by clicking on the links below.  In addition […]

Unpacking 3D Standards & Steering Clear of Rote Learning in the Science Classroom

-Ted Willard, NGSS@NSTA Director; Dr. Jeremy Peacock, Communications Director; Originally published in GSTA’s eObservations newsletter NSTA’s March 15th webinar, How do I Select Phenomena to Motivate Student Sense Making?, provided excellent guidance on the slated topic from Tricia Shelton, who is just out of the classroom after implementing the NGSS in Kentucky.  Tricia was joined by Ted Willard, NSTA’s […]

What’s New in the Science GSE?

– Dr. Jeremy Peacock, Communications Director; Dr. Amy Peacock, Supervisors Representative; Jolaine Whitehead, Regional Coordinator, Oconee River GYSTC; Originally published in GSTA’s eObservations newsletter If you haven’t already had a chance to take a close look at Georgia’s new science standards, then this summer is a great opportunity to do so. What shifts can you […]

UPDATED – Getting Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse – August 21st

The following resources will help you and your students get ready for the total solar eclipse coming in August. Check out these links as you plan ahead for the total solar eclipse on August 21st. Cobb County School District Instructional Resources Free Observer’s Guide from NSTA NSTA Blog: Solar Science NASA’s Eclipse Education Page AAS […]

3D Science/GSE Summer Workshops for Teachers & Leaders

Based on input from our advisory council, RESA and GYSTC will be offering several professional learning opportunities this summer for teachers and school leaders.  Please read below for details and share as appropriate. Science in 3D: Focus on the GSE for School Leaders – Hundreds of our RESA teachers have participated in professional learning in preparation for implementing the new Science GSE this fall.  To […]

Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information: What Does it Really Mean for Students?

– Jeremy Peacock, GSTA Executive Director; Originally published in GSTA’s eObservations newsletter Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information is one of eight science and engineering practices featured in the Science GSE, but, for several key reasons, it plays a different role than the remaining seven practices. First, scientists and engineers spend more than half their time […]

Making Content Meaningful in the GSE

– Jeremy Peacock, GSTA Executive Director; Originally published in GSTA’s eObservations newsletter When you look at the content of the new Science GSE, you will find few big changes. You will see a topic shifted here or there, clarification throughout the standards, and a narrower focus in some spots. This continuity with the GPS content […]

3D Resource of the Month: Essential Practices for K-12 Science Classrooms

This interactive infographic from the National Academies Press highlights essential practices for K-12 science classrooms from A Framework for K-12 Science Education with references to the contents of the full report. Read the report | Download the infographic (PDF)

Do the Science GSE Tell Me How to Teach Science? Yes and No. 

– Jeremy Peacock, GSTA Executive Director; Amy Peacock, GSTA Supervisors Representative; Originally published in GSTA’s eObservations newsletter With the new Science GSE coming into effect next year, teachers are likely asking themselves some important questions.  What’s new?  Do the standards tell me how to teach science?  How do I translate the standards into daily classroom instruction? […]

3D Science Resource of the Month – October 2016

Scaffolding Student Use of the Crosscutting Concepts Helping Students Think Like Scientists The Crosscutting Concepts are an under-appreciated, but critical, part of the 3D approach called for by the new Science GSE.  As the image at left shows, the Crosscutting Concepts tie together the various disciplines of science.  They also represent the ways that scientists […]