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Preparing Students for the New Earth and Space Sciences Regents Exam: Transitioning Regents Earth Science Courses to the Three-Dimensions of the New York State Science Learning Standards **IN PERSON** Presented by Brian Vorwald – 8:30-2:30pm
October 17, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Audience: Teachers of Regents Earth Science and Science Leaders The first administration of the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) based Earth and Space Sciences Regents exam is scheduled for June 2025. Teachers must transition to a NYSSLS based regents ESS course. The format of the new exam will be item clusters, groups of multiple items that provide a coherent path towards building the three dimensions (Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices) anchored in a phenomenon. Following a phenomena-based storyline will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge in context. Teachers must align their ESS curriculum with the NYSSLS expectations which will be assessed on the new regents exam. It is possible to transition to the pedagogy that supports the NYSSLS three-dimensional approach while continuing to teach science aligned to the Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum. Having students make connections between the three dimensions of scientific knowledge can better prepare them for the PS/ES Regents exam while they develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the world. Start with the complex phenomena (for science) or problems (for engineering) and let students ask questions, explore, and use the SEPs and CCCs to construct their own understandings of the disciplinary core ideas (content). This is a paradigm shift to students constructing their own understandings with much less memorization of science facts. Students learn by doing science and engineering practices, engaging in discourse, and building understandings of Earth and Space Sciences’ main ideas. **B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) – Participants should bring a fully charged laptop, Ipad, or tablet to download resources and access websites throughout the workshop.
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