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Workshop Introduces Science Teachers to NGSS-Based Curriculum Materials

Middle school science and high school life science teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop presented by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 The workshop, “Supporting NGSS Teaching and Learning with New Middle and High School Science Curriculum Materials,” will take place at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC, and is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.

 Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:

  •  Toward High School Biology is designed for use in middle school and focuses on helping students understand what happens to atoms and molecules during the chemical reactions that result in the growth and repair of living organisms:
  • Matter and Energy for Growth and Activity is for high school biology students and expands on the middle school unit to help students understand the relationship between matter and energy changes. The unit also explores how energy-releasing and energy-requiring chemical reactions are coupled in living systems so that organisms can carry out basic life functions.

 The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.

Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary lunch will be served.

 Click here to submit your workshop application. Submission deadline is July 22, 2019.

 If you are not able to attend, please share this message with colleagues who may be interested.

Questions? Please contact Mary Koppal at