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NGSS Workshop II - Moraine Valley CC (April 2014)

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NGSS Workshop II: Lessons and Activities for the Classroom

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are scheduled for their second reading by ISBE in January 2014 and soon after, adoption.

Implementing NGSS is a challenge! NGSS requires the integration of the three dimensions and a shift to a more student-centered learning environment where students demonstrate their ability to do science using the Science and Engineering Practices. This requires a shift in not only content covered, but in instructional methods as well. This transition is complicated and will take years to accomplish for most districts.

Join us as we talk in detail about bundling Performance Expectations into units and work through subject or grade specific lessons and activities that you can implement in your classroom!

In this workshop we will begin our day with a short full group presentation and then move quickly to break–out sessions where you will receive materials and instruction on NGSS aligned lessons and activities for a complete curricular unit. After lunch, each content area will attend another session and work through a second instructional unit. At the end of the day you will have materials and resources for two curricular units that are aligned with NGSS!

This workshop will be led by Dr. Carol Baker, NGSS Writing Team Member. You will have a chance to hear from teachers who are currently teaching NGSS aligned units and gain further insight that will help you in your implementation efforts!

Presenters (Subject to Change):

This is a hands-on workshop given by experts with a deep understanding of the NGSS.  Please come prepared to “dig into” the NGSS.  If you have a laptop to use, consider bringing it as most materials will be developed and shared electronically.  Free WiFi will be available but may be limited depending on demand.

Co-Sponsored By:

S-Cook ISC LogoI-KAN Logo>MVCC Logo Co-Sponsored by several Illinois ROE's including the I-KAN Regional Office of Education serving Iroquois and Kankakee counties and the South Cook ISC serving southern Cook county.



  • Date: 1 Day Workshop on April 21, 2014 (Monday)
  • Time: 8:15 - 3:30 (with Lunch)
  • Location:Moraine Valley CC, Conference Center - Bld M (Palos Hills, IL)
  • Audience: Elementary thru High School:
    • Science Teachers
    • Science Curriculum Specialists
    • Principals
    • Other Administrators
  • Teams: School Teams Encouraged
  • CPDUs: 5 Credits
  • Cost: $185 / person (Lunch Provided)
  • Capacity: 350 (All past workshops have sold out, don't wait.)
  • Deadline: Register online by April 7 (Extended).  Payment must be received by April 9 (Extended)


  • This is our “NGSS Level II” workshop. It is highly recommended that participants for this workshop have attended a Level I workshop, introducing NGSS, given by Dr. Carol Baker or Norm Dahm. Examples include our NGSS workshops held in 2013 (Fermilab, Argonne, Champaign) or ILASCD NGSS Workshops (12/2013 - Bloomington, 02/2014 - Naperville). We highly recommend that those who have not attended a Level I workshop participate in our 3-4 hour online Introduction to NGSS Webinar. See our website for details.
  • Computer Requirements: Computer should have Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Java, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to work with the supplied materials.  Some users have reported issues using Google Chrome Books and Apple iPADs with several sites we use due to lack of required plug-ins.
  • Refund Policy: Full refund if cancelled 3 weeks prior to workshop.  We are unable to issue a refund if an attendee cancels on or after the 3 weeks prior to workshop date (March 31, 2014).  Registration may be transferred to another person.

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