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Professional Development

To teach is to make a life long commitment to learning--for our students and for ourselves. Teachers must work hard to stay abreast of new science content and pedagogy, which is why most states typically require ongoing professional development for re-certification every five years. LAB-AIDSĀ® can help teachers acquire new content and skills, whether you are a veteran teacher, new to the profession, or somewhere in between.

Curriculum Workshops

EDC Earth Science

EDC Earth Science is a full-year, activity-driven high school earth science course developed with support from the National Science Foundation, and fully aligned to A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (the Framework) (National Research Council [NRC], 2012), with full, visible support for all the NGSS elements – DCI, SEP, and CCC. EDC Earth Science has been designed in the belief that students are capable of rigorous and in-depth explorations in science when given adequate support, structure, and motivation for learning. EDC Earth Science is a program of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, and was developed with support from the National Science Foundation.

Although most Districts prefer to schedule this first-time training during the summer, it can be scheduled at any time during the year. In workshops for teachers new to the program, teachers will learn to:

  • Understand and use the CONSIDER-INVESTIGATE-PROCESS learning cycle embedded in the course design and structure
  • Target and reduce student preconceptions about key earth science concepts
  • Use formative and summative strategies to assess student learning
  • Teach for greater understanding of earth science content to prepare students for more advanced courses, based on recommendations in national and representative state frameworks
  • Develop student literacy by building reading, writing, analysis, and communication skills using the support for literacy embedded in the program
  • Develop student critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Support students’ abilities to work  with large data sets and increasingly complex models for understanding the Earth and its systems
  • Teach for three-dimensional (3D) learning as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards

Professional development will introduce teachers to the EDC Earth Science course tools, and will provide hands-on exploration of selected laboratory and online activities that will prepare them to use the program effectively with students.

Workshop Price
PD-EDC-NU1 $1,750, first day, inclusive
PD-EDC-NU1-AD $1,000, additional consecutive days, by arrangement
PD-EDC-AD1 $1,500, additional nonconsecutive day, by arrangement

What is needed? One session (PD-EDC-NU1) is usually sufficient to provide an overview of the EDC fundamentals and course design, plus training on one unit of interest. Districts typically opt for 2-3 days of training for extended coverage, with a summer start and mid-year follow up where possible. Contact us at institute@lab-aids.com, for more details.