Exploring the New Louisiana Student Standards for Science

This workshop will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Education’s Claiborne Building, Thomas Jefferson Rooms A & B, in Baton Rouge. For those that attended the Louisiana Student Standards for Science (LSSS) workgroup meeting held on August 2nd, this serves as a follow-up. However, attendance at the earlier meeting is not a prerequisite.

If you are a non-formal educator or work for an organization that supports environmental educators, the LSSS Workshop for Non-Formal EE Educators is an opportunity for you to gain a greater understanding of the new science standards. These standards will greatly impact how teachers teach science and we as professional development and resource providers need to understand these changes.

The focus for this workshop is to identify and refine phenomena within your organization or scope of work. These phenomena include an anchor phenomenon, which presents a question or problem that students can investigate, and leads them to learn, experiment, and study related topics along the way to finding an answer or developing a solution. Participants will also establish investigative phenomena to support their anchors, and determine what classroom resources their organizations can provide to teachers and students. These resources may include audio-visual, reading, physical materials, or any others that help students better understand the anchor phenomenon.

Participants should bring the following:

  • LSSS standards – hardcopy or computer download at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/academic-standards, K-12 Louisiana Student Standards for Science (2017)
  • Data, reports, pictures, videos, and/or publications regarding a current research project or specific area of interest for your organization (to be developed into a phenomenon with resources for students and teachers)

This is a great opportunity to gather with other environmental education professionals and Department of Education representatives to delve into the new science standards. We encourage attendance in pairs or small groups to facilitate the development of organization-based phenomena, so please plan accordingly.  Lunch will be available for purchase in the Claiborne Building cafeteria.

Space is limited and attendees must RSVP by September 29th to https://goo.gl/uvYJve.

For more information, contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255. We look forward to your participation!