Professional Development

Beginning in the Summer of 2018, NURTURES Phase 2 will welcome its first cohort of teachers from multiple school districts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

The NURTURES program includes an intensive 2-week summer institute, academic year professional learning community engagements and one to one coaching opportunities.

Summer Institutes
The goals of the summer institutes are to increase PreK-3 teachers' science content knowledge, understanding of science standards and high leverage pedagogical practices. These goals are addressed through three main sessions: an inquiry immersion experience session , a metacognitive session, and a lesson planning session.

Inquiry Sessions:

  • Earth/Space, Physical and Biological science content aligned with the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Experience practical inquiry-based science lessons incorporating high leverage pedogogical practices
  • Network with University of Toledo faculty and staff in the departments of Science Education, Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Natural Sciences and Engineering

Metacognitive Sessions:

  • Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards aligned content
  • Exposure to content knowledge and skills to design and implement science and engineering inquiry lessons with confidence, while employing scientific and engineering practices, discourse strategies, and literacy competencies best suited to the teaching of core science and engineering ideas and concepts specifically for grades PreK-3

Lesson Planning:

  • Expert guidance for developing Framework-aligned classroom lessons
  • Resouces and guidance on incorporating inquiry-based strategies and metacognitive concepts into classroom lessons

Academic Year Support
NURTURES teachers participate in monthly Professional Learning Communities (PLC) composed of grade level peers and work individually with the coaching staff to improve and implement quality science and engineering lessons in the classroom.

Professional Learning Communities:

  • Collaborate with grade-level peers on inquiry-based science topics
  • Share lessons learned, strategies and resources with peers

One to One Coaching:

  • Work directly with NURTURES staff to:
    • Identify areas of focus for implementing high-leverage pedagogical practices
    • Develop new inquiry-based science lessons
    • Update existing lessons with content and stragtegies learned from your NURTURES experience

Family Engagement
Guided by NURTURES Phase 2 research design, a randomly selected group of NURTURES teachers will participate in an additional facet of the program relating to family engagements. Upon conclusion of the research protocol resources will be made availabe to all participating teachers.

Family Packs:

  • Extensions of the classroom curriculum provided to participating teachers to use in their classroom
  • Packs contain instructions, materials and other supplies that families will need to complete engaging, quality science activities together

Community Events:

  • Participant led events in the community connected with classroom curriculum
  • Materials and instructions are provided to teacher participants to hold these events in their own schools or communities to enhance family engagement in science