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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?

In order to support the implementation of the new Iowa Science Standards, several statewide professional development opportunities will be held over the next three years.

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:

The topics of the four videos are:
1) Welcome remarks and National Overview: Multiple welcome remarks and Teresa Eliopoulos from Achieve, Inc. (19:27)
2) Implementation in Iowa and Overview of Iowa Roll-Out: Erika Cook, Bureau Chief of Standards and Curriculum
3) Lessons from California: Christopher Harris, SRI
4) Issues in Equity: Okhee Lee, NYU

Each PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded and are located under each video.

2) AEA Professional Development: 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.

Dates in PLAEA are November 4, 5 and December 11 and 14. More details below.

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 is a multi year roll out plan:
2015-2016 Exploration, Awareness, and Statewide Capacity Building
2016-2017 Classroom Transitions, Shifts, and Practices
2017-2018 Leveraging Materials, Resources and Expertise
2018-2019 Full K-12 Implementation (more information to come about expectations)

In addition, Prairie Lakes AEA will be offer additional professional development opportunities to foster a multi-fauceted approach to support implementation of the NEW Science Standards.

PLAEA Professional Development: Scheduled dates for fall and spring

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.

  • The the first date will be held in two locations: Spencer and Fort Dodge.
  • Fall sessions are scheduled for middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) educators.
  • Elementary (K-5) sessions will be scheduled in early spring. To be announced.
  • A second follow up date for all educators will be scheduled later in spring. To be announced.
  • Please register for the date that most closely aligns with your educational responsibilities.
  • In an effort to ensure that administrators can attend, we've designed the dates to have a middle school and high school focus.

Spencer Administration Building
  • November 4: High school session (9-12)
  • November 5: Middle school session (6-8)

Fort Dodge at Iowa Central Community College
  • December 11: High school session (9-12)
  • December 14: Middle school session (6-8)

We encourage administrators to attend the entire day.
Please register for only one session.
These sessions are REPEATED.
Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation email.
You will also receive a follow with more specific information.

Additional opportunities for professional growth will be offered through out the year.

Agenda: Iowa Science Standards Introduction and Overview

•Iowa Science Standards
•Conceptual Shifts
•Three-dimensional Learning
•NGSS structure
•Implementing the Standards

Registration: High School Session Spencer Grades 9-12

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 9am-3pm

Spencer Community School Administration Building

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration: Middle School Session Spencer Grades 6-8

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 9am-3pm

Spencer Community School Administration Building

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration: High School Session Fort Dodge Grades 9-12

Friday, Dec. 11th, 9am-3pm

1 Triton Circle

Fort Dodge, IA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration: Middle School Session Fort Dodge Grades 6-8

Monday, Dec. 14th, 9am-3pm

1 Triton Circle

Fort Dodge, IA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science support: Leslie Moore

Math and science consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA

STEM support: Lynne Campbell

STEM consultant at PLAEA and Professional Development Specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Teacher leader: Hope Brown

Fort Dodge Senior High School
PLC Leader for high school science
Curriculum facilitator for high school science
Science teacher

Teacher leader: Ryan Bowman

Humboldt Community School
Science Curriculum Leader
Science teacher

Teacher Leader: Sue Jarvis

Pocahontas Area High School
Biology teacher
Extension and Outreach STEM support