The Life and Death of A Star

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The Life and Death of a Star: Inquiry Science and the 5Es Instructional Model

Registration Closed.
Dates: Monday, August 7 – Wednesday, August 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
Related Materials: Syllabus

Through hands-on lab experiences and simulators, participants in this course will explore patterns in the life cycle of stars. Using the 5E Instructional Model, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how this model can both improve student engagement in the classroom and remediate student misconceptions about science.

This course serves as an introduction (or for some, further exposure) to using freely available resources from the New Visions Earth Science Curriculum. Drawing on this curriculum, participants will experience group learning routines, use a simulator to determine how the mass of a star changes over time, and reflect on how to adapt these curricular materials for use with their own students. To ensure that participants understand the rationale for this curriculum design, we will learn about the theory behind the 5E Instructional Model, including its connection to science literacy practices.

As a result of taking this course, teachers will know and be able to do the following:

  • Use materials developed by New Visions to teach their students the central ideas related to the life cycle of stars
  • Address potential areas of confusion for students and engage them in learning by sparking their interest in science topics
  • Articulate how inquiry, in general, and the 5E Instructional Model, in particular, supports coherent instruction and student engagement
  • Use group learning routines to structure equitable classroom discussions
  • Understand the framework, and use parts of the New Visions Earth Science curriculum, if desired

Course Expectations:

  • Attend three 4.5-hour in-person sessions and participate as an engaged, active learner in class discussions
  • Actively engage in classroom labs, discussions and other activities
  • Plan for instruction in your own classroom, using some or all of the content covered in class
  • Provide and receive peer feedback on assignments with enthusiasm and an open mind

This class will be taught by

John Salazar

John Salazar is responsible for supporting science teachers within the New Visions Charter High Schools network through professional development, coaching and curriculum development. Before coming to New Visions, he worked as a NYC Department of Education science instructional coach, collaborating with a team that designed citywide professional development in the areas of science, social studies and ELA. John previously taught general and advanced placement high school chemistry. He holds an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Diego and an M.P.A. in public and nonprofit management from New York University.

Sarah Marks

Sarah is an Earth Science teacher at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science and serves on the New Visions Science Advisory Board. She holds a B.A. in geology from Carleton College and an M.A.T. in Earth Science from the American Museum of Natural History.

Course Location

FEDCAP Career Design School
210 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Course Fees & Registration Policies

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.