Since the adoption of Iowa’s new science standards in August 2015, Iowa educators have been engaged in learning about the structure, foundations, and conceptual shifts of the new standards. To launch the second year of our four-year Iowa science standards implementation process, the Iowa Department of Education is sponsoring day-long science institutes June 15-17, 2016.

With national and state science education leaders, participants will engage in three-dimensional science learning experiences and will explore various resources and instructional practices that support the standards. The institutes will be held at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

Each day will be focused on content and pedagogy for specific grade bands (June 15 elementary focus, June 16 middle school focus, and June 17 high school focus). Participation in this event assumes knowledge of the structure, foundations, and conceptual shifts of the standards; districts needing this overview of the standards should contact their AEA science consultants. There is no registration fee but registration is required for planning purposes and on-line registration is now open:

Registration June 15 elementary school

Registration June 16 middle school

Registration June 17 high school

Where: West Des Moines Valley High School

Times: 8:00AM-4:00PM (tentative times)

Cost: There is no cost to attend. Participants or their districts are responsible for any expenses incurred such as meals and mileage. There are a variety of off-site lunch locations near West Des Moines Valley High School. Lunch will also be available each day through West Des Moines Nutritional Services for $3.50/person.