Online Professional Learning for Science Educators

​​​​Online Professional Learning for Science Educators

The following online professional development opportunities, developed by Michigan Educators, are offered for SCECH's.  Click on the course title to enter the course and review as a guest, you may also enroll in the course to complete and receive credit. You will be asked to login as a Guest, the login is science.

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Exploring Cellular Respiration Using Mystery Test TubesDeveloped by Alison Maes, Ferndale Public Schools
In this workshop, participants will follow instructions, view in-class videos and produce a Learning  Log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 3 SCECHs when completing this course.

Participants will:

  1. Be able to implement a biology lesson "Mystery Test Tubes" which is designed to be a model for the Next Generation Science Standards.
  2. Understand cellular respiration and fermentation as methods that living organisms use to transform energy.
  3. Be able to enhance student proficiency with the NGSS practices related to investigation design, data analysis and scientific argumentation.
  4. Understand and be able to support students in their use of the claims, evidence and reasoning format in scientific writing.

Teaching Discovering Plate Boundaries, Developed by Michael Gallagher, Oakland Schools
In this workshop, participants will follow instructions and view in-class videos through four parts and produce a Learning  Log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 4 SCECHs when completing this course.

The participant will understand

  1. How the activity “Discovering Plate Boundaries” fits into the Oakland Schools Scope curriculum and the role it can play in a unit learning cycle that addresses the topic of Plate Tectonics.
  2. The evidence that lead geophysicist to develop the plate tectonic theory.
  3. How to resource and implement the activity “Discovering Plate Boundaries” in the classes.
  4. The critical role of teacher facilitation of student discourse in this activity.

Teaching Every Pebble Tells a StoryDeveloped by Michael Gallagher, Oakland Schools

In this workshop, participants will follow instructions, view in-class videos and produce a Learning Log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 3 SCECHs when completing this course.

The participants will understand:

  1. How the activity “Every Pebble Tells a Story” fits into the Oakland Schools Scope curriculum and the role it can play in a unit learning cycle that addresses the topic of Plate Tectonics and Earth History.?
  2. The evidence that lead geophysicist to develop the plate tectonic theory.?
  3. How to resource and implement the activity “Every Pebble Tells a Story” in the classes.?
  4. The critical role of teacher facilitation of student discourse in this activity.

Teaching the 400 Acre Wood Cost Benefit Analysis, Developed by Jennifer Coury, Lake Orion School District
The participant will follow instructions view in-classroom videos and produce a Learning Log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 3 SCECHs when completing this course.

In this workshop, participants will

  1. Understand the roll the  “400 Acre Wood Cost Benefit Analysis” can play in a science unit.
  2. Be able to implement a biology lesson, “400 – Acre Wood” (a Project Learning Tree lesson) which serves as a model for how to integrate the practices in the Next Generation Science Standards.
  3. Understand how science investigates optimization using cost-benefit analysis..
  4. Understand how to help students’ structure writing into a claims-evidence-reasoning format in support of Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards for science.

Teaching Understanding Light Science, Developed by Monica Harvey, Rochester Community Schools
The participant will follow instructions, view in-classroom videos, and produce a Learning Log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 3 SCECHs when completing this course..

Participants will understand how to:

  1. Use "What is Light?" as an Engage activity that fits into the Oakland Schools Scope curriculum and the role it can play in a unit learning cycle that address the topic of Electromagnetic Waves.
  2. Use a discrepant event to create dialogue in a classroom and how to use class discussion to guide "next step" activities that will allow for student Exploration.
  3. Use scientific interactive  notebooks to encourage student reflection, and identify misconceptions.
  4. Help students to design an experiment that limits variables and to record process that can be replicated.
  5. Encourage students to elaborate on an understanding of UV radiation in the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Using the Planting Science Website to Establish Student Experiments, Developed by Jennifer Coury, Lake Orion School District
Participants will follow instructions through three parts and produce a learning log with reflections on topics and questions. Participants can receive 3 SCECHs when completing this course.

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Be introduced to PlantingScience, a learning community where scientists provide online mentorship to student teams as they design and think through their own inquiry projects.
  2. See the Scientific Practice Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information from the 3 Next Generation Science Standards in action in PlantingScience.
  3. Review student work and become familiar with a rubric to help with the practice Constructing Explanations from the Next Generation Science Standards that can be applied to any scientific evidence.​