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Webinar: Curriculum-based professional development
Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Category: Webinar

Join us on Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00PM ET for a FREE webinar for members and non-members. The recording will be available for NSELA members only.

Title: Curriculum-based professional development: Using the student perspective, images of classrooms, and reflection to support shifts in teachers’ beliefs and confidence

Description: During this session, we will share design features of curriculum-based professional learning. We will illustrate how we used the student perspective, images of classrooms and teacher reflection within the design of professional development for the OpenSciEd middle school curriculum. In addition, we will share results from a study that investigated thirty middle school science teachers’ shifts in beliefs and confidence during the four day introductory OpenSciEd professional development workshop. 

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Dr. Katherine L. McNeill is a Professor of science education at Boston College. A former middle school science teacher, she received her doctorate in science education from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how to support students with diverse backgrounds in engaging in science practices as they make sense of phenomena. She has worked on projects designing and researching curriculum, assessments, professional development and other resources to support students, teachers and instructional leaders in scientific sensemaking. Dr. McNeill has published the findings from her work in over 70+ publications including books, book chapters and journal articles for both educational researchers and practitioners. Currently, she is leading the development of both teacher and facilitator professional learning materials for OpenSciEd, which provides high quality open-source NGSS aligned instructional materials.


Dr. Renee Affolter is currently a Senior Research Associate at Boston College where she is helping with the design of the OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum and professional learning experiences for teachers. Prior to this Renee taught middle and high school science,  co-developed and implemented several MSP funded programs for the Vermont Science Initiative, and served as a lead facilitator and design team member for the Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX) project. Renee’s background is in biology and she holds a M.Ed. from the University of California Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from UMass Amherst where her research focused on building capacity for Academically Productive Talk through the development of teacher leaders in science professional development.



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