GEMS Author Kevin Beals, a frequent presenter at GEMS professional development sessions.

GEMS Professional Development

The following Professional Development sessions are open for registration.

You can also contact us as indicated below if you are interested in custom workshops.

GEMS Curriculum Sequences Workshop, August 4–8, 2014

Join educators from across the country for all or part of this week-long event. We are offering YOU a flexible learning experience! Make this a 1–day, 2–day, 3–day or 5–day summer program.

Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5:

Attend one of following Grade 3–5 Workshops:

2–day GEMS Ocean Sciences Sequence Workshop for grades 3–5
OR
2–day GEMS Space Science Sequence Workshop for grades 3–5

Each of these 2–day workshops will focus on gaining familiarity with the scope of the Sequence, including the core science ideas, the approach to the science and engineering practices including argumentation, and the inclusion of literacy that supports the science instruction.

Wednesday, August 6: Argumentation Workshop

Deepen students’ experience with science learning through the practices of argumentation.

Join the Lawrence Hall of Science staff for a one-day Argumentation Workshop using exemplars from the Space and Ocean Sciences Sequences. The latest understandings about supporting effective argumentation will be featured. Staff at the Lawrence Hall of Science are engaged with several NSF projects focused on developing teacher capacity to facilitate and improve students’ use of argumentation in the science classroom. Spend the day sharing best practices and successful and effective argumentation strategies.

Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8: Grades 6–8 Workshops

Attend one of following Grade 6–8 Workshops
2–day GEMS Ocean Sciences Sequence Workshop for grades 6–8
OR
2–day GEMS Space Science Sequence Workshop for grades 6–8

Both of these 2–day workshops will focus on gaining familiarity with the scope of the Sequence, including the core science ideas, the approach to the science and engineering practices including argumentation, and the inclusion of literacy that supports the science instruction.

Register for either a 1–day, 2–day, 3–day or –day summer learning experience.
1 day: Wed, August 6: Argumentation Workshop Only
2 day: Mon–Tues, August 4–5: Grades 3–5 Sequence (either Ocean or Space)
2 day: Thurs–Fri, August 7–8: Grades 6–8 Sequence (either Ocean or Space)
3 day: Mon–Wed, August 4–6: Grades 3–5 Sequence PLUS the Argumentation Day
3 day: Wed–Fri, August 6–8: Grades 6–8 Sequence PLUS the Argumentation Day
5 day: Mon–Fri, August 4–8: Grades 3–5 (either Ocean or Space), Argumentation Workshop, and Grades 6-8 (either Ocean or Space)

To register, visit: https://www.regonline.com/CSS2014

Afterschool KidzScience Fall Workshops

  • AfterSchool KidzScience Fall Workshops: AfterSchool KidzScience workshops introduce out-of-school leaders to the use of AfterSchool KidzScience, a collection of easy and fun science kits designed for 3rd–5th graders. Learn how to engage, explore, and make sense with activities on a range of kit-based topics. Participants will be introduced to and participate in a number of the AfterSchool KidzScience 45-minute long sessions. Special attention will be paid to techniques for fostering an inventive, creative, and safe approach to science after school. We anticipate scheduling an AfterSchool KidzScience 2-day workshop in the Fall of 2013. If you would like to speak with a program representative about hosting your own AfterSchool KidzScience workshop, please e-mail Dana Greene or call her at (510) 664-4578.

For more information on any of the above, e-mail Dana Greene or call her at (510) 664-4578. Custom GEMS Workshops can be arranged and provided at your school or in Berkeley.

Need a place to stay? See our list of recommended accommodations.

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