June 26 - June 30, 2023
days & nights
All seminar materials and books
Hotel room for four nights
Breakfast and lunch every day
All sponsored dinners
1-Unit Course Credit
Participants in our summer academy are eligible to receive continuing education credit through California State University. This is an optional 1-unit course credit available for our academy in Colorado. Credit eligibility requires attendance for the entire academy and a short reflection paper.
Cost: $110 | Payable after the academy
Getting started with SEPUP
Monday, June 26, 2023 1:00pm -5:00pm
This session is an optional add-on professional learning session in Colorado. It is designed for teachers/administrators new to Issues and Science. This session is by advance registration only. If you have taught Issues and Science for more than a semester, we suggest you skip this session.
Cost: Academy Registration + $250 | includes additional hotel stay on Sunday, June 25th, breakfast and lunch on Monday, and all materials for the session.
MUST BE REGISTERED for the 2023 Summer Academy to attend this session.
Past Program Content
SEPUP and the NGSS
Issues and Science: Redesigned for the NGSS addresses a true three-dimensional approach to meeting the challenges of the NGSS. This session will provide an in depth look at the development process and the instructional materials.
Writing to Learn in SEPUP
This section will explore elective techniques for writing in the SEPUP classroom, including the use of science notebooks, pre-and post-writing strategies, and reactive writing prompts.
Adult learning styles
What is your preferred learning style? Participants will assess their own learning styles, using Kolb’s learning style profile, with an application to using learning style research in planning workshops and professional development experiences for teachers.
Research in SEPUP
The SEPUP research base includes developmental studies, impact research, case studies and quasi-experimental designs. This section will provide an overview and an annotated bibliography of SEPUP research.
Planning and leading SEPUP workshops:
Lab-Aids leads workshops for more than 5000 teachers per year, including initial user training, follow up workshops and stand alone workshops at state and national meetings. We’ll share our pre-workshop planning procedures and detailed training guides.
Using Issues to Teach Science
This session will use existing and planned SEPUP materials to explore the uses of societal and environmental issues in middle level and high school science teaching. The session will cover the goals for teaching with issues, how to adapt curriculum to become more issue-oriented, and the evolution of SEPUP instructional design.
Assessing Student Performance in SEPUP
This is an in-depth look at SEPUP’s nationally acclaimed assessment system. Topics include an in-depth look at the elements of SEPUP assessment, including tasks, variables, rubrics, blueprints, and student work exemplars. Participants will moderate several samples of student work.
Support for Literacy in SEPUP
This session will explore SEPUP’s strategies for supporting reading comprehension, written and oral language, and media literacy.
Inquiry in SEPUP
What’s the difference between open and guided inquiry? What are the essential elements of inquiry? How does SEPUP support inquiry? These and related topics will be investigated in this hands-on session.
Past Summer Academy Faculty
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