advance shipment of equipment, books, and materials so that you can work through selected hands-on materials at home in real time.
Program Content Focus
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.
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.
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.
SEPUP and the NGSS
SEPUP is writing and field testing the third edition of SGI: Biology, which 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 program to date.
Summer Academy Faculty
The biggest shift in student learning since we've started Science and Global Issues: Biology is that students are now more engaged in the content. They have gone from memorization of concepts to application of ideas. Student work is now group based - working together with one another, asking questions and trying to figure out the answers to the challenges posed to them. The best part is seeing students make connections to the real world. I no longer get the question of "Why do I need to learn biology?". They understand the connection to their everyday lives. And, as a teacher, I really appreciate how I can adapt the program to a range of classes, from inclusion to honors. Science and Global Issues: Biology has also supported our implementation of the NGSS by aligning and supporting those standards with the materials supplied.
Virtual SGI: Biology Summer Academy
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