Calling Elementary Educators!

Professional Development for NEW Iowa Science Standards

Update about NEW Iowa Science Standards


Did you know that Iowa has adopted new science standards?
Perhaps you wonder how the science standards are different from the Iowa Core?
Maybe you wonder about what standards are to be taught at each grade level?

All K-12 science teachers, coaches, curriculum directors, PLC leaders, administrators, community college staff and education partners are encouraged to attend the two session professional development experience that is designed to foster exploration and awareness and build a statewide capacity to support implementation of the new science standards.

This is a multi year roll out plan:
Year 1: 2015-2016 Exploration, Awareness, and Statewide Capacity Building
Year 2: 2016-2017 Classroom Transitions, Shifts, and Practices
Year 3: 2017-2018 Leveraging Materials, Resources and Expertise
Year 4: 2018-2019 Full K-12 Implementation

Several professional development opportunities will be held over the next three years to support the implementation of the new Iowa Science Standards in PLAEA and state-wide. Those include:

1) Iowa Standards Kick-Off! held on October 20th at the University of Iowa. National experts provided guidance to district leaders about the implementation of the new science standards and prepare leaders to support classroom implementation. The Iowa Standards Kick-Off! was live streamed and was recorded to view at a later date. Four videos of the presentations can be accessed at the Iowa Department of Education website link: https://educateiowa.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx?q=d0F7qPKKlcceDnonStZV4w%253d%253d

2) PLAEA Professional Development: New Iowa Science Standards Overview
Throughout the school year, science consultants across Iowa will lead a statewide professional development opportunity about the three-dimensional approach to science teaching and learning. The new science standards will be both explored and experienced. Please see the dates and register at the links below. A second K-12 follow-up date for all educators will be scheduled later in spring will be held on April 27th at the Storm Lake AEA Office and on April 29th in Fort Dodge at Iowa Central Community College. Details to register for these dates will be provided at a later date.

3) Summer Symposium-Implementing the Standards: June 15-17,2016. Save the date for this teacher symposium. National experts will lead educators in job-alike groups. The goal is to give educators tools they need to implement the innovations in their practice. This will be an extension of the Overview training sessions. One day will be dedicated to elementary, middle and high school. More details to come.

4) Additional opportunities. In addition, Prairie Lakes AEA will offer additional professional development opportunities to foster a multi-fauceted approach to support implementation of the NEW Science Standards. More information to come.
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The spring dates for Elementary teachers in PLAEA include:

February 11 at Pocahontas AEA Office from 9 am-3 pm
February 22, 29 and March 7 at Arey / Fort Dodge CSD from 3:45-5:45 pm
March 2 at Storm Lake AEA Office from 9 am-3 pm
March 21 at Arey / Fort Dodge CSD from 9 am-3 pm

New Iowa Science Standards Overview Agenda

•Iowa Science Standards
•Conceptual Shifts
•Three-dimensional Learning
•NGSS structure
•Implementing the Standards
Register: Pocahontas AEA Office Feb. 11

This is a one day session from 9 am - 3 pm. A second follow up date is scheduled April 27 or 29. More information to come after the overview session.

Register: Fort Dodge CSD (Arey) 2/22, 29, & 3/7

This is a three part after school session from 3:45-5:45 each day. A second follow up date is scheduled April 27 or 29. More information to come after the overview session.

Register: Storm Lake AEA Office March 2

This is a one day session from 9am - 3pm. A second follow up date is scheduled April 27 or 29. More information to come after the overview session.

Register: Fort Dodge CSC (Arey) March 21

This is a one day session from 9am - 3pm. A second follow up date is scheduled April 27 or 29. More information to come after the overview session.

Science support: Leslie Moore

Math and science consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA

Science and STEM support: Lynne Campbell

Science consultant PLAEA and Professional Development Specialist at Iowa State University