Conference: Subject Area Institutes

Biology Institute
Sunday, 7:00 am - 12:00 (includes Breakfast)

Looking for a strand of biology-based professional development? Interested in exploring some ways to address the pedagogical shift of NYSSLS? Join us for the first Biology Institute which includes the Biology Breakfast! 

Participants will walk through three research-based pedagogical strategies to complete 3-dimensional biology lessons. 

Lessons will address the diverse needs of all students and will promote an equitable learning environment. 

Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate to improve instruction,student achievement, and to begin building their own 3-D lessons.

Chemistry Institute
Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes Luncheon)

Be Phenomenal in Your Units!

The institute will center around discussions and activities related to incorporating phenomena into instruction and unit planning. Each activity will include all three-dimensions of the NYSSLS. In addition, research-based strategies will be discussed for incorporating methods of formative assessment based on bundling performance expectations and creating learning progressions. 

Anchoring and investigative phenomena will be introduced as a vehicle for developing coherent instructional units. 

Multiple major topics in chemistry, including redox, equilibrium, and gases, will be used as examples.

Earth Science Institute
Sunday, 7:00 am - 12:00 (includes Breakfast)

Welcome to the first ever Earth Science Institute. 

  • Participants in this institute will not only gain new knowledge of content, but also teaching methods from the Earth Science Subject Area Representatives from around the state. 
  • Participants will also earn CTLE credit, so crucial to new teachers' portfolios.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERMargie Turrin, Education Coordinator at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, "Tracking Antarctica's Ice Shelves"

Our keynote speaker will be speaking about "Tracking Antarctica's Ice Shelves". Lamont’s polar scientists are back in Antarctica on missions to study the continent’s ice.
Ice shelves like the Ross Ice Shelf reach out over the ocean from the massive ice sheet covering the continent, and researchers are exploring how changes in climate will affect them. Flying over the ice and using remote sensing equipment, they will continue work done in previous years to help gauge the stability of Antarctica’s ice sheets.

After the breakfast, participants will break out into workshops in two different sessions presented by the Earth Science Subject Area Representatives (SAR).

After the SARs share their knowledge and expertise, we will meet again to review Best Practices; Favorite Lessons with the new New York State Learning Standards. 

Lesson plans are welcome for review and discussion.

Elementary Science Institute
Sunday, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes Luncheon)

In each of the three sessions that make up the Elementary Science Institute, participants will collaborate to improve instruction, content knowledge, and student achievement. They will also share lesson modification ideas emphasizing developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for the complete range of diverse learners found in today’s classroom, including ELL. Current research-based strategies will be used.

The three sessions described below will be offered concurrently from 9 – 10:15 a.m. and then repeated from 10:30 – 11:45 p.m. Participants may choose to attend two of the three sessions offered, though each room will have a maximum of 30 participants.

The Elementary Science Luncheon, beginning at noon, will conclude the Institute. Participants should register separately for the Elementary Luncheon hosted by Elementary DAL, Duane Willsey.

1.) Making Light of Communication, the Phenomena of Light Waves
Presented by Katy Perry, Elementary SAR for Eastern Section, Mari Scardapane, Elementary SAR for Suffolk Section

2.) Exploring Structure, Function & Information Processing
Presented by Mary Kay Flett, Elementary SAR for Western Section and Karen Huffman, DAL for Colleges

3.) Engineering Design for Elementary
Presented by Antonietta Quinn, Elementary SAR for Central Western, Mary Thomas, Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES

Intermediate Science Institute
Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes Luncheon)

This Institute will provide intermediate level teachers a choice of five different workshops to assist in the transition to the NYSSLS. There will be workshops addressing pedagogical practices as well as an introduction to the NYSSLS standards for those who are not yet familiar with or comfortable reading them. Great for those who are looking to start implementing new teaching strategies aligned to the NYSSLS.

We will presenting five concurrent workshops which will be repeated in each session (A and B).

1) Phenomenal Phenomena
Presenters: Karen Ralph (Westchester) and Rob Wardell (Northwestern)

2) Modeling in 3D
Presenters: Rebecca Shuman (Northeastern) and Ashley Bloch (Suffolk)

3) CER--Getting Your Students to Reason with Evidence
Presenters: Jennifer Gecewicz (Eastern) and Mary Lobello (NYC DAL)

4) The Beginners Guide to the NYSSLS
Presenters: Cinnamon Marchione (Mohawk Valley) and Michael Pray (Central Western)

5) Question Formulation Technique
Presenter: Susan Cyrulik (Western)

Luncheon SpeakerMichael DiSpezio ,Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - "Retooling Science for 21st Century Standards".


Physics, Applied Sciences & Engineering Institute

Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes Luncheon)

All participants will engage in making sense of phenomena by experiencing a model hands-on 3-D lesson that demonstrates a shift in pedagogy. 

From there, you will be broken into smaller groups focusing on the crosscutting concept of energy in one of the following disciplines: physics, ecosystems in environmental science, engineering or forensic car crashes. 

You will be taken through lessons structured around gathering, reasoning, and communicating and will be given handouts of these lessons. 

Finally, you will use a template to develop your own short lesson with the help of Subject Area Representatives and other participants. 

This collaboration will help improve everyone’s instruction and ultimately student achievement. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss:

  • student assessment
  • supportive classroom environment for learning
  • opportunities to differentiate
  • engaging parent support
  • use of technology and media where appropriate. 
Each person will walk away with resources to develop your own NYSSLS aligned lesson.

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