The Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) identifies three dimensions around which K-12 science education must be built. One of the three dimensions, crosscutting concepts, unify the study of science and engineering. Crosscutting concepts also help students structure their thinking to focus on understanding specific aspects of a phenomenon.
Crosscutting concepts provide a consistent language for educators to communicate with students. This 90-minute professional development (PD) workshop will provide educators with meaningful insights into creating consistent and clear prompts structured around crosscutting concepts that could be used within each phase of an instructional sequence. By structing prompts using the crosscutting concepts, student reasoning can be directed to key aspects of a phenomenon and how/why it occurs. This sets the stage for meaningful formative assessment opportunities.
This PD program, hosted by the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center (ISC), in partnership with Next Gen Education, will provide educators with a framework of ocean science media and educational resources to support crosscutting concept investigations. The expanded program will also involve time for active discussion and idea exchange.