GPAEA Science Network Includes Elementary

A schoolboy in a science classGPAEA Science Networks expanded this year to include Elementary! These science teachers in grades 3-12 have been working to develop units and identify resources that align with both Iowa Core Science and the Next Generation Science standards. The purpose of the five Science Network sessions is to provide networking amongst GPAEA science teachers. During Network, science teachers have the opportunity to work with others who are teaching similar courses and grade levels.

Participating in professional development with teachers in the same discipline allows teachers to share ideas and experiences.  With the possibility of new science standards in Iowa and the need for teachers to better align with our current Iowa Core Science Content and Literacy standards, the network helps meet the need for collaborative groups of science teachers. Each Network group will share their work using a Google Site set up to allow members access to units developed using the Understanding by DesignTM template.

As stated on the ASCD website : “The Understanding by Design® framework (UbD™ framework) offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum “backward” from those ends.” There are three stages in the UbD framework. Stage 1 focuses on the transfer of learning. Teachers identify desired results by unpacking the standards. Stage 2 involves identifying assessments that align with the desired results.   In Stage 3, teachers plan learning experiences and instruction.

For more information on GPAEA’s Science Networks or science UbD™ unit design, contact Tami Plein or Rosemary Peck at

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