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Project AERO Science Critical Areas K-5

October 14th - 16:30-17:30 GMT+1

Project AERO has identified Critical Areas for Science Education in grades K-5. During this one-hour overview (plus time for questions and comments) we hope to accomplish the following:

  • Consider the current state of K-5 science education with respect to recent and upcoming challenges

  • Review the structure and key conceptual shifts presented in A Framework for K-12 Science Education

  • Tour the AERO Science Critical Areas and understand how they aim to support K-5 educators in developing meaningful learning experiences for their students

  • Consider how K-5 educators might bring the vision of the Framework and the AERO Science Standards to a virtual learning environment

CHRIS CHARNITSKI was a high school life science teacher for 20 years and still identifies as a science teacher. After working in Fairfax County, Virginia, for 10 years – first at R.E. Lee High School and then at Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology – Mr. Charnitski went overseas to teach Biology, IB Biology, AP Biology, Middle School Science and various other science courses in Ecuador, Myanmar and Oman.

He left the classroom three years ago to work with international schools around the world, helping them understand and implement the transformational Next Generation Science Standards. Mr Charnitski co-facilitates the NGSS Introduction for Educators at the AERO Summer Institute in Virginia. He is a National Board-certified teacher and most recently worked with the non-profit Achieve organization, authors of the NGSS, on their Science Peer Review Panel.

Grades K-12

Jennifer Weibert is the Science/STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Coordinator for the Fresno County Office of Education.

Project AERO Science Critical Areas K-5

October 20th - 9:30-18:30 GMT+1

Engaging Elementary Students in STEM

Student Sense-Making of Science in the Elementary Classroom

Phenomenal Science Unit Design For Secondary Teachers

Creating Multiple Levels of Student Work in Secondary Science

Jennifer Weibert is the Science Coordinator for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Jennifer has been a trainer for hundreds of educators in effective strategies for STEM. A former science teacher and STEM teacher coach, she trains teachers on NGSS unit design focusing on the practice of Interactive Notebooking as a way to accelerate learning. Jennifer is an active member of the National Science Leadership Association. She has worked on NGSS grants in California led by WestEd. She’s involved with many science committees for the state California. You can find her actively involved with the science community on Twitter. Jennifer has presented at the California Science Teachers Association Conference, the National Science Teaching Association, and is a five-time presenter at MAIS conferences.

Lesley Gates is the Science/STEM Consultant for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Lesley has facilitated multiple trainings for TK-12 teachers in science content and effective pedagogy. She has been a high school science teacher and STEM instructional coach. Lesley has also taken the lead of a project director for the statewide science initiative lead by WestEd. Her current role includes working with TK-5 teachers from across the state of California to identify challenges and design solutions for the transition to the new science standards focusing on the integration of English Language Arts and Math standards into elementary science lessons. Lesley has presented at the California Science Teachers Association Conference, the National Science Teaching Association Conference, and at the 2018 MAIS conference.

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