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SD Department of Education Oct. 2015  

  Science standards training available for up to 420 teachers

South Dakota recently adopted new science standards, and this online class will function as the first phase in standards implementation, serving up to 420 teachers. This is the only professional development on these standards that the Department of Education will offer during the 2015-16 school year.

The focus of this training will be on building awareness and foundational understanding of the vision for science education related to the new standards.

Course Title: SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education

Register: Register via the direct course link or go to GoSignMeUp and search for “SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education.”

Registration deadline: Nov. 6 (Extended deadline)

Modules: Start Date: Due date for each assignment: Overall summary and responses provided by facilitator by:
Mod 1 – A vision for Science Education Nov. 9 Nov. 22 Nov. 29
Mod 2 - Engaging in a Science Performance Task Nov. 9 Dec. 6 Dec. 13
Mod 3 - Introduction to the 3 Dimensions of the Science Standards Nov. 9 Dec. 20 Dec. 27
Mod 4 - Science and Engineering Practices Nov. 9 Jan. 3 Jan. 10
Mod 5 - Crosscutting Concepts Nov. 9 Jan. 17 Jan. 24
Mod 6 – Disciplinary Core Ideas; Bundling and Storyboarding Nov. 9 Jan. 31 Feb. 7
Mod 7 – Designing Science Performance Tasks with Phenomena Nov. 9 Feb. 14 Feb. 21
Mod 8 – Planning for Instruction Nov. 9 Feb. 28 Mar. 6

These graded online modules will allow participants to obtain either two college credits through USD at $40/credit OR two continuing education credits (30 hours) through the Department of Education for free. These modules will be facilitated by science teachers and instructional coaches and will rely on participants’ interaction and contributions in online discussions. An end-of-course survey will allow participants to provide feedback that will help the department determine future professional learning needs.

Note: All modules will be offered via Blackboard.k12.sd.us and will require the participant to have an @k12.sd.us email address. If needed, contact your school’s technology coordinator or the K12 Data Center to obtain one. After registering for the course, participants will receive access to the course and an introductory video explaining how to get into Blackboard and navigate through the course.

Contact Sam Shaw, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5229 with questions.

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