NCSSM Upcoming Professional Development

You are invited to join NCSSM by videoconference for these upcoming professional development opportunities:


Evaluating Student Thinking: make learning visible with technology-facilitated formative assessment

To make informed instructional decisions, we must constantly assess how our students are thinking about content. It is critical to monitor student’s fluency, their capacity for higher-level thinking, and understanding of the content. If we could see what students are thinking, see their analysis of process or approach to problem-solving, then we could meet them where they are and move them forward.  The problem is all this happens in their brains… and it’s dark in there!  Come learn how to shed some light on the subject, and create a technology-facilitated learning assessment system in your classroom.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 3:30-4:30 PM Korah Wiley, Biology instructor, and Melissa Rihm Thibault, Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs




Scaling STEM with NCSSM: building capacity and improving outcomes – statewide.

Think you know a lot about the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics? You may know that NCSSM teachers engage students deeply in the content, helping students to discover mathematics and science through inquiry and problem-solving. You may even know that we teach more students through distance education than we do in our residential program. What you may NOT know is that these novel and innovative teaching methods are available to schools and school systems statewide! NCSSM is Scaling STEM; reaching students and teachers through distance education, aligned learning objects, content-area professional development, and technology-enabled teacher-to-teacher collaboration to realize our outreach mission. Leave this session with ideas for partnering with NCSSM, building local capacity for STEM education in your school or school system.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 3:30-4:30 PM Jon Davis, Biology instructor, and Melissa Rihm Thibault, Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs



The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

The North Carolina New Essential Standards are written using the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Revised Blooms uses well defined verbs built on modern cognitive research.  The verbs used in Revised Blooms can assist in advancing higher order thinking skills and encourage complex thinking.  This session will focus on tools and resources aligned to Revised Blooms Taxonomy and how these resources can be used to promote mastery learning in science.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 3:30-4:30 PM Gail Holloman Holmes, Educator on Loan, NCDPI,


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