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Introduction to Storylining and Brainstorming

  • 20 Jan 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Libertyville High School

What is a Storyline?

The NGSS provides an innovative way of students working through the material in meaningful ways.  This creates a more active student-centered learning environment instead of the traditional teacher-centered classroom.  NGSS promotes using the science and engineering practices to explain real world phenomena and problems.  Each step of the way, students figure out a piece of the puzzle around a phenomenon and each question leads to another question, guiding them to each step in a coherent storyline unit. 

Storylines are how NGSS was meant to be implemented, providing a clear path for students to build understanding of the core ideas, crosscutting concepts and student-generated questions. 

Join the Cause!  Please register below:

1st Meeting: Introduction to Storylining & Brainstorming 

Presenters:  ISTA President Dr. Jason Crean, ISTA Secretary Kristin Rademaker
Host:  ISTA Physical Science Director Sherri Rukes

When:   January 20, 2018

Where:  Libertyville High School 
708 West Park Ave Libertyville, IL 
in the LED / Drop-in Lab / Flex Rooms.

Time: 8:30 – noon a continental breakfast will be provided.

ISBE Professional Development Hours will be given to all participants.  This will result in a sustained working group that will meet periodically over time to create storyline units.  As the process of storylining is highly collaborative, participants will continue to work with each other over time.

 ISTA Conference Grant Opportunity

 This fund will provide support to attend the 2018 ISTA Annual Conference (October 19-20)   to teachers in need.

 The following must be fulfilled by September 15, 2018 at 11:59pm:

 - A letter of interest from the applying teacher detailing why conference attendance wouldn't     be possible without this grant (300 words),

 - A statement from the applying teacher explaining how they have worked to improve their   classroom instruction through NGSS implementation (showing examples is a plus) (300   words), and 

 - a letter from your administrator explaining the need for substitute teacher   reimbursement     and their support of the applying teacher to attend the conference.

 Please send all of the above in a single document (MS Word or PDF formats   recommended) to Dr. Bridina Lemmer at  Late   applications will not be accepted.  Funds in the amount of $250 (conference registration   and substitute teacher stipend) will be distributed as reimbursement to the applicant's   school district after they have attended the conference on October 19th and/or October   20th.  

Ronald and Charleen Crean raised two sons, both of whom are teachers.  They were 

always dedicated to the education of young people and found it important to support 

teachers everywhere.  This fund will be used to support science teachers via attendance 

at the annual ISTA Conference.  This aligns with the ISTA mission to provide professional 

support to Illinois teachers so they may provide excellence in science education to Illinois 

students state-wide. 

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