Professional Learning

Oakland Schools K-12 Science Professional Learning 2017-2018

*Click here for more details about the offerings below and to register.


K-3 Curriculum Network Series (8/25, 10/10, 11/27, 3/20)


New! Fourth Grade Phenomenal Science Curriculum Network (10/4, 12/12, 3/27)

Target audience:  Teachers who are piloting or have adopted  the new 4th grade Phenomenal Science curriculum.


New! Fifth Grade Phenomenal Science Curriculum Network (10/17, 12/5, 2/6)

Target audience:  Teachers who are piloting or have adopted  the new 5th grade Phenomenal Science curriculum.

The Arts in Engineering (6/27, 6/28, 6/29)

NGSX - Hosted in districts.  Click here for upcoming workshops.


Moving from Awareness to Implementation of the MSS   (10/3)


Creating and Adapting Curriculum Aligned to the MSS for Secondary Physical Science Teachers

(9/27, 9/29, & Lab Option TBD)


Creating and Adapting Curriculum  to the MSS for Secondary Life Science Teachers

(10/24, 10/25, & Lab Option TBD)


Creating and Adapting Curriculum Aligned  to the MSS for Secondary Earth Science Teachers

(10/31, 11/2, & Lab Option TBD)


Oakland Science Assessment Consortium  (12/7, 1/30, 3/29, 5/8)

Target audience:  Those who have been through Shifting to the MSS through Assessment with Rochelle and/or  Writing Science Item Clusters with TJ Smolek  (An email invitation will be sent to participants who meet the prerequisites.)


Writing Science Item Clusters for Middle School & High School Teachers  (2/8, 2/27, 3/27, 5/24)


NGSS Crash Course for Administrators (9/22)

Science Council  12:30-3:30pm

(9/20, 12/6, 3/6, 5/16)

{TJ from MDE will join the council on 9/20}

NGSX - The Next Generation Science Exemplar 

 Click here for a list of available NGSX workshops.

The Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX) is a web-based PD environment designed to engage teachers in working with the practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas in the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about and develop models, engage in evidence-based argumentation and explanation, and explore classroom video cases --- all designed to help teachers help their students build their understanding and explanations of natural phenomena.   To learn more about NGSX visit the NGSX site or email Jessica Ashley or Mike Gallagher.  


Science Strategy 8:30-3pm

(9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13)

Modeling Instruction in Secondary Science 

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