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Registration is now up for the NSTA Area Conference next Nov 9-11 in Milwaukee. Remember that this takes the place of the WSST annual conference next year. 

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Kimberly HS of Wisconsin wins the National Rube Goldberg Contest and appears on Jimmy Kimmel!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZyEunPgwwk

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Here's a link to my latest Science Matters newsletter! 

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Would you like to share your input on the role of science and STEM in the state plan for ESSA implementation? Public listening sessions coming up!
Parents; teachers; other educators, school administrators, and board members; business and civic officials; and all citizens will have an opportunity to learn about and comment on Wisconsin’s draft plan to implement federal education law during a series of listening sessions in June.

Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2017_55.pdf. (Text at https://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2017/public-listening-sessions-scheduled-essa-plan.)


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Interesting PD opportunity - Maker Camp (note the approaching deadline):

Are you interested in learning more about a makerspace? Would you like to play with Spheros, a green screen, Makey Makey, and more? Would you like to create and innovate while connecting it to the curriculum? Attendees will have opportunities to work through stations to explore robotics, coding, writing, arts, video/green screen. There will be time built into the day to round table with other educators and to design. The goal will be to leave the day with ideas and resources to implement the Maker Mindset. Lunch is included in the cost ($25) of the workshop. All attendees will be entered to win prizes such as Makey Makeys. Please bring a fully charged laptop or Chromebook.

Please submit checks payable to "South Park Middle School" or cash to
Attention: MakerCamp c/o South Park Middle School, 1551 Delaware Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54902. *Sorry, no credit cards will be accepted.

The camp is August 1st in Oshkosh – further details will be sent to those who sign-up. Registration is due June 2nd with payment received by June 9th, 2017 to guarantee a spot. Only 30 seats are available.


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Still need science people for this work!
DPI is recruiting Wisconsin educators to participate in New Item Review meetings for the Forward Exam which will take place in Madison. For each event, five to six individuals will be recruited (including Special Education and English Language educators) in each of the content areas and grade levels. All applications should be submitted no later than May 19.

New Item Review is an important step in the development of the Forward Exam. Educators review all new items created for the exam for content, grade level appropriateness, link to correct standard, and bias and sensitivity issues. This is a great opportunity to be a part of assessment development, have detailed input about the items on the Forward Exam, and take knowledge back to your district about the process.

Visit the Wisconsin Forward Exam Educator Involvement Opportunities website for more information.




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Here's my latest blog post on creating NGSS performance tasks. Part 2 will be out later this week. 

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My latest blog on creating performance tasks - part 2 out soon as well. 
Creating NGSS-Aligned Performance Tasks – Part 1
Whether you’re at the end of the unit or want to check for understanding earlier, performance tasks provide a way to gauge students’ abilities to engage in scientific thinking and use their content knowledge. It’s difficult to truly determine their depth of...

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Creating NGSS-Aligned Performance Tasks – Part 1
Whether you’re at the end of the unit or want to check for understanding earlier, performance tasks provide a way to gauge students’ abilities to engage in scientific thinking and use their content knowledge. It’s difficult to truly determine their depth of...
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