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A Leader's Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study



November 2009 | 320 pages | Corwin

"Engaging science teachers at all levels with important ideas relating to both the content and how they can help students learn the content is critical to promoting effective instruction. This leaders' guide will help us use CTS even more effectively ourselves, and help us prepare new cadres of professional development providers who will engage current and future teachers with state and national resources to improve science instruction and student learning."
—George Nelson, Former Director, Project 2061, AAAS
Director, Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, Western Washington University

"Knowing all the science standards and the science educational research about learning science for each of those standards is challenging for anyone. This book illustrates effective professional development models for using Curriculum Topic Study with science teachers and is a must-have, particularly if you're a professional developer in science education."
—Francis Eberle, Executive Director
National Science Teachers Association

Use this powerful professional development approach to improve teacher understanding of K–12 science teaching and learning!

The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the National Science Foundation, helps teachers improve their practice by linking standards and research to content, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Keyed to the core book Science Curriculum Topic Study, this resource helps science professional development leaders and teacher educators understand the CTS approach and how to design, lead, and apply CTS in a variety of settings that support teachers as learners. The authors provide everything needed to facilitate the CTS process, including:

  • A solid foundation in the CTS framework
  • Multiple designs for half-day and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and one-on-one instructional coaching
  • Facilitation, group processing, and materials management strategies
  • A CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates

By bringing CTS into schools and other professional development settings, science leaders can enhance their teachers' knowledge of content, improve teaching practices, and have a positive impact on student learning!


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction to A Leader's Guide
Advice for Using This Leader's Guide

 
Underlying Beliefs

 
The Need for a Common Professional Knowledge Base

 
CTS Makes the Knowledge Base Accessible

 
Building Professional Community

 
Observations and Voices From the Field

 
Professional Development Designs Are Enhanced Through CTS

 
CTS Use by Collaborative School Teams

 
CTS Use in Preservice Education

 
CTS Enhances Science Education Leadership

 
The Language of CTS

 
 
2. Introduction to Curriculum Topic Study for Leaders
What Is CTS?

 
What CTS Is Not

 
CTS and Science Literacy

 
Key Points About Standards and Research on Learning

 
Using CTS to Lead Professional Learning

 
CTS Resources and Tools

 
From Generic Tools to Content-Specific Tools

 
 
3. Considerations for Designing and Leading Curriculum Topic Study
CTS and the Principles of Effective Professional Development

 
CTS Learning Cycle

 
Facilitation Tips and Strategies

 
Acquiring and Managing Materials

 
Developing Norms for Collaborative Work

 
CTS Group Norms

 
Options for Organizing and Discussing Readings

 
CTS Recommended Reading and Summarizing Strategies

 
Reporting Out Strategies

 
Reflection on CTS

 
Summarizing Findings

 
Strategy for Addressing the Issue of Time and Difficulty

 
Next Steps

 
 
4. Tools, Resources, and Designs for Leading Introductory Sessions on Curriculum Topic Study
Make Your Own CTS Introductory Session

 
Essential Facilitator Preparation

 
Module A1: Introduction to CTS Using K-12 Snapshots, Facilitation Guide

 
Module A2: Introduction to CTS Resource Scenarios?Models, Facilitation Guide

 
Module A3: Full-Day Introduction to CTS Resource Scenarios and Snapshots, Facilitation Guide

 
Options for Introducing the CTS Resource Books

 
Developing Your Own Snapshots and Resource Scenarios

 
Next Steps After CTS Introductions

 
 
5. Leading Full Topic Studies
Introduction to Full Topic Studies

 
Module B1: "Experimental Design" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B2: "Evidence and Explanation" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B3: "Earth, Moon, and Sun System" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B4: "Conservation of Matter" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B5: "Atoms and Molecules" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B6: "Photosynthesis and Respiration" Facilitation Guide

 
Module B7: "Life Cycles (K-4)" Facilitation Guide

 
Additional Suggestions for Designing and Leading Full Topic Studies

 
Developing Your Own Half-Day Topic Study

 
Combining Topics

 
Cautions and Next Steps

 
 
6. Using CTS in a Content, Curricular, Instructional, or Assessment Context
Introduction to CTS Context Applications

 
CTS and Science Content Knowledge

 
CTS and Science Curriculum

 
CTS and Science Instructions

 
CTS and Science Assessment

 
Module: Developing CTS Assessment Probes

 
Performance Assessment Tasks

 
CTS Performance Assessment Task Design and Teacher Learning

 
A CTS Process for Developing Performance Tasks

 
CTS Performance Task Development Tools

 
Introducing the CTS Performance Assessment Task Application

 
Developing Their Own Performance Task

 
Other Examples of Context Applications of CTS

 
 
7. Embedding CTS Within Professional Development Strategies
Why Use CTS Within Other Professional Development Strategies?

 
CTS and Professional Learning Communities

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 1: Study Groups

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 2: Collaborative Inquiry Into Examining Student Thinking (CIEST)

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 3: CTS Video Demonstration Lesson (VDL)

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 4: CTS Integrated Lesson Study

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 5: CTS Action Research

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 6: CTS Seminars

 
CTS Professional Development Strategy Application 7: CTS Mentoring and Coaching

 
A Final Word

 
 
References
 
Index

"Knowing all the science standards and the science educational research about learning science for each of those standards is challenging for anyone. This book illustrates effective professional development models for using Curriculum Topic Study with science teachers and is a must-have resource, particularly if you're a professional developer in science education."

Francis Eberle, Executive Director
National Science Teachers Association

“Engaging science teachers at all levels with important ideas relating to both the content and how they can help students learn the content is critical to promoting effective instruction. We have been using CTS as one key element of our professional development program and our preservice preparation programs for several years. It has proven to be an incredibly valuable and appreciated tool. This leaders’ guide will help us use CTS even more effectively ourselves, and help us prepare new cadres of professional development providers who will engage current and future teachers with state and national resources to improve science instruction and student learning.”

George Nelson, Director, Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, Western Washington University
Former Director, Project 2061, AAAS

Ease of access to resources and correlation with curriculum development and integration with other content areas.

Dr Bonnie Rabe
Education , Western Connecticut State University
June 13, 2011
Key features
  • Provides a solid foundation for professional developers in the history, purposes, and "anatomy" of curriculum topic study (CTS)
  • Section II presents workshop designs on learning to use curriculum topic study featuring agendas, tips, and handouts
  • Section III includes designs for using CTS within various teacher-learning strategies such as CTS study groups and mentoring
  • Includes designs for embedding CTS in other professional development strategies, e.g., planning action research
  • Companion CD-ROM includes numerous handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates keyed to each section of the book

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to A Leader's Guide


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