We are happy to announce two great partnerships for upcoming virtual K-12 science professional development opportunities. Many have reached out this year requesting Kansas Science Standards opportunities for district and building K-12 science leaders in your setting.
KSDE is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to provide an online science professional development opportunity for PK-5 elementary science educators in Kansas. This is a first come first served opportunity for up to 45 participants sponsored by KSDE. https://www.smore.com/p0y74
KSDE is also partnering with Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska education departments to support K-12 science educators with a number of different topics that have emerged in each of our settings. We have learned collaborating across states can help educators grow their networks and find more resources. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_UQv3u-6HnC5r5MVxKzmWBI-Nu14qyO1/view?usp=sharing
Graduate credit is available for both partnerships and this would be a great opportunity for a number of different science education needs I often hear working with buildings and districts across the state.
- This opportunity is particularly helpful for rural school districts where travel for professional development may be more difficult.
- Elementary educators teaching science have special considerations and the NSTA partnership will help support this grade band in much more depth.
- Learn how to better use the resources you have in your school district no matter how old or new they may be. PD is still needed to know how to make better use of those resources!
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.
Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
Science Education Consultant
Career Standards & Assessment Services
Kansas State Department of Education