Conference: Subject Area Institutes

Biology Institute
Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:00 (meal NOT included)

Looking for a strand of biology-infused professional development? Join us and you will have the chance to meet and collaborate with life science educators from across the state as your Biology SARs host the 2nd annual Biology Institute. 

Following an introduction and phenomenon-based activity, participants will choose two workshop sessions from a variety of NYSSLS based offerings. 

Workshops will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • discover the power of anchoring phenomena
  • learn about modeling techniques
  • learn how to establish driving questions through the GRC model
  • explore performance based assessment to improve instruction and student achievement in life science. 

Workshops are designed to help you meet the needs of all students, expand content knowledge, and expose you to sound, research based instructional strategies.

The Institute will meet in Room A-19 and continue in Sessions A-7,8,9,10 and

Chemistry Institute
Sunday, 9:30 am - 12:00 (meal NOT included)

Practicing the Practices

Join us as we take a deeper look into the purposeful integration of the science and engineering practices into everyday instruction. 

Participants will be immersed in hands-on activities that could be used to address different phenomena and three-dimensional learning in their own classrooms. 

Time will be taken to reflect on how teachers could begin to or continue to integrate three-dimensional teaching this year and in the future.

The Institute will run during Sessions E-21,22,23,24 and F-21,22,23,24.

Intermediate Science Institute
Sunday, 9:30 am - 12:00 (meal NOT included)

Glance Inside a 3D Classroom

The Intermediate Institute, "A Glance Inside a 3D Classroom", will show you how to plan a multi-day lesson to teach content to our students along with how to have students design and carry out their investigations in the classroom. 

These two workshops will provide insight on how to group your students, how to ensure that your English Language Learners and Special Educations students are meeting the standards, as well as providing enrichment opportunities to your high-achieving students. 

Each presenter will alternate between the role of "teacher" and "facilitator", allowing for all the participants to give insight on how to accomplish this in your school. 

Each presentation will show how all of your students can succeed in a student-directed classroom, using technology when applicable, as well as incorporating literacy and writing skills.

The Institute will run during Sessions E-27,28 and F-27,28.

Physics Institute

Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (meal NOT included)

This institute will provide a strand of physics based professional development to help assist you in the transition to NYSSLS. 

Join us for “Science In Action” as all participants engage in a GRC, 3-D lesson centered on a phenomenon involving Hoops & Marbles

You will witness how science & engineering practices, along with cross-cutting concepts are used to teach core ideas for the performance expectation HS-PS2-1.

From there, you will pick which one of three smaller groups you want to participate in. All groups will be following the same 3-D lesson template but will focus on different units.
Your choices include: waves, energy or physics & engineering.  Finally, we will reconvene as a whole group for a phenomena and resource share out. 

There will be discussion on what are good phenomena to incorporate into instruction planning, as well as what resources are accessible. Please bring any you are willing to share.

Overall, teachers will collaborate to improve instruction, student achievement, content knowledge and to develop appropriate instructional strategies. You will see research based strategies that meet the needs of all learners and provides equitable learning environments.

Use of student data & technology will be discussed.

The Institute will run during Sessions A-26,27,28 and B-26,27,28.

Earth Science Institute
Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:00 (meal NOT included)

Earth Science Institite includes workshops:

  • Student Involvement of Cartography while Modeling Topographic Features of School Campus with Sean Ellison of North Central and Trace Keller of Southeastern

  • Constructing Models of the Solar System with Renee Aubry of Westchester and Brian Bealer of Central

  • Utilizing Technology Based Student Projects to Explore Earth Science Phenomena and Models Aligned with New York State Science Learning Standards with Ken Abbott of Nassau and Laura VanGlad of Eastern.

The Institute will run during Sessions A-21,22,23,24 and B-21,22,23,24.

Elementary Science Institute
Sunday, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (meal NOT included)

The Elementary Institute will focus on teacher content knowledge this year.  Attendees will have an opportunity to choose from six sessions given in two different time slots (three in each). 

The overarching theme is Earth & Space Science, but a few other topics will be covered. Each attendee will be given instruction & materials for hands-on science, meeting the needs of all students, while creating an equitable learning environment. 

You will also bevgiven an opportunity to collaborate with your peers in order to improve instruction and achievement. Each session utilizes research based strategies to instruct the instructor (that's you). With all of the new content knowledge you will gain, along with the materials you will have to use, don't forget to attend the Elementary Luncheon. 

This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow science friendly elementary teachers. You will also get a chance to meet many SARs, get updated on what's going on at State Ed, and hear our guest speaker. So, sign up for the Luncheon and show up at the first session early, before they fill up.

The Institute will run during Sessions E-40,41,42 and F-40,41,42

Contact information:
P.O. Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089


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