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K-12 Technology

Jun 01, 2016 2016-06-01

Professional Growth

Hands-On, Teacher-to-Teacher Training

The National Math + Science Initiative's (NMSI) Laying the Foundation Program provides teachers of grades 3-12 with content-based, pedagogy-driven, teacher-to-teacher training. The training offers educators a variety of opportunities to strengthen their content knowledge and practice teaching strategies-all aligned with state standards. NMSI offers elementary school teacher training for grades 3-5 in math, science, English, and social studies. Teachers work through model lessons and discuss strategies for engaging students with interesting content while building conceptual understanding. The content includes interdisciplinary connections and fine arts enhancements. NMSI's secondary training for grades 6-12 is broken down by math, science, and English. Each discipline is a unique 12-module program with its own structure. In mathematics training, teachers use graphing calculators, manipulatives, and collaborative activities to deepen their knowledge of mathematics, the vertical connections across grade levels, and the integration of math standards and practices. Science training is laboratory based with a focus on building conceptual understanding. It includes strategies for building student skills in science literacy and applying mathematics in science. Training for English teachers includes hands-on collaborative activities that model how to engage students with texts. Strategies for developing critical reading, writing, and thinking in students are modeled in training and applied by teachers.

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