SCICON is back for another exciting year.
On May 17th, Kent ISD will be hosting the annual SCICON GR. This one day conference will feature Wendy Johnson. Wendy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education, and writing her dissertation on “Fostering Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity in Productive Classroom Discourse”, at Michigan State University. Area teachers will be sharing classroom stories and experts from STEM and education technology will facilitate sessions.
Reasons to Attend SCI CON this year:
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Imagine 2nd grade students marching, swinging, and twirling to show how movement adds fun and effect to theatre performance!
Imagine 5th graders creating stories that emerge from symbols discovered on images of ancient urns – showing understanding of visual arts!
Imagine high school students getting attention for their vocal talent when performances are recorded and assessed by both teachers and students as evidence for quality!
“When early elementary teachers integrate music and theater, student learning improves in reading, math, and science as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers.” Edutopia, “Rainstorms and Symphonies: Performing Arts Bring Abstract Concepts to Life.” Mary Grescok, Lisette Steinwald, 10/5/2016.
The New Mexico School for Arts teaches its high school students to take risks, make mistakes and learn from critical feedback to learn and grow. This school has outperformed the state in reading, math, and science every year since 2013. Continue reading Using Arts to Improve Student Learning in Reading, Math, and Science
There are nearly 15,000 English Learners in Kent County schools. Nationally, 1 in 4 students is an English Learner.
How are you supporting English Learners (EL) at your school in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts?
Last year participants from 20 districts came together to learn, discuss, and devise action plans to increase the achievement of their EL students. The 2016/2017 EL Coaching Network will focus on support for ELs in the K-12 content areas. EL teachers, EL staff, and content teachers are welcome to join.
Did you know that Kent ISD has other Curriculum focused networks?
Not only can your district participate in our EL Coaching Network, the Teaching and Learning department at Kent ISD has created the opportunity for all Kent County districts to network and obtain resources related to each specific content area. Continue reading Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources
Winter is here. The weather is a bit colder and daylight is dwindling. The leaves in my wooded lot are all down, with a few oak leaves left in the trees. What has changed? We adopted a new set of science standards in Michigan. It is exciting! But, it is also going to be a bit chaotic for awhile.
I have had some training over the last few months in my new job as a science consultant. It has been robust. I learned how to use the NSTA Learning Center, attended NGSX, and read countless books and journal articles; then, I spent an intense amount of time watching videos of what this new teaching looks like in a classroom. Even the term inquiry-based learning, science’s pride and joy, will need to share the spotlight with developing models and constructing an argument from evidence. (Don’t worry, they all work together.) But, I am overwhelmed. To wrap my brain around these standards Continue reading Back to Ideals
STEM PD Comes With FREE Drones, 3-D Printers
Are you ready for the newly-adopted Michigan Science Standards? This Kent ISD PD and free technology from MDE can help.
Inside the standards is an engineering component, which is a great match for the drones and printers MDE’s 99s(5) grant will pay for. If you’re looking for effective ways to engage students in engineering concepts, these workshops and technology will equip you to advance both learning and awareness of the careers using these tools. Teacher’s will work with the equipment hands-on, then take the equipment back to their district (to keep) for use in the classroom!
And since Kent ISD an approved PD provider for this grant, it will even cover substitute fees to make it easier for teachers to participate. There are separate Continue reading A Holiday Gift to Accompany New Science Standards…
Science teachers from Kent County and Southwest Michigan unite to show students that science is fun!
Teams of teachers and administrators have been meeting to find ways to collaborate and share best practices that align to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The science and engineering practices of the framework promote equity among students and truly get students engaged in doing science. These groups will continue next school year as we begin to look at ways to answer the question,
“How do we know what students know?”
Continue reading Science is Fun!
Meet the newest member of the Kent ISD family, NAO!
NAO is a 23 inch tall, programmable humanoid robot. “He is a little creature who helps you be your best. His humanoid form and extreme interactivity make him endearing and loveable.” (A-Robots…NAO)
“A star in the world of education,” NAO has been used in computer and science classes in more than 70 countries. And now thanks to Continue reading Look Who’s Joining Our Family
“Reading and understanding a map has become an increasingly technical and necessary skill,” said Ebiri Nkugba, a STEM consultant at Kent ISD. As a flight instructor at a local college, Mr. Nkugba works with aviation students to analyze highly detailed FAA maps of airspace and developing weather phenomena. “Sometimes they really struggle with understanding orientation and spatial relationships,” Mr. Nkugba said.
Unmanned Vehicle Technology is an emerging industry that requires Continue reading What to do with a map?