Van Buren Intermediate School District

Providing Educational Services for a Better Tomorrow

Science Professional Development

  • Michigan Science Standards Training - MiSciPL@N

    MISCIPL@N materials provide introductory experiences for all science teachers and administrators for exploring the shifts in teaching described in A Framework for K12 Science Education and assessed as part of the Michigan Science Standards (adopted in November 2015) and built upon the NGSS.

    Cost: $25
    Duration: 1-Day
    Times: 8:00am-3:00pm
    Participants: K-12 science
    By Request. Please contact Ben Tomlinson (


    The Next Generation Science Exemplar (or NGSX) professional learning system is a unique learning environment designed to connect learners to a multi-faceted web-platform — with a wide range of digital (video and print) resources, guided activities, and interactivity with colleagues.  NGSX provides a unique, image-rich context for combinations of K-12 teachers, administrators, science coaches, and higher education pre-service faculty.  Together, in face-to-face study groups, NGSX participants explore the major ideas found in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), developing tools and strategies to take this new vision back into their classrooms. NGSX also serves as a research site to collect data on 3-dimensional learning and the enactment of that learning in classrooms.  Finally, NGSX has developed a learning pathway for facilitators.  This will support professional learning about how to create and support a knowledge-building culture — designed for teacher leaders, coaches, and PD providers who want to become NGSX facilitators.  A focus on preparing facilitators to lead NGSX study groups in districts and states throughout the United States helps to develop a much need model of peer-leadership in PD to bring the Framework and NGSS to scale.

    NGSx VB cohort 3 [Coming Fall 2017]
    NGSx VB cohort 4 [Coming Spring 2017]

    Cost: $125
    Duration: 5-Days
    Times: 8:00am-3:30pm 
    Participants: K-12 science

  • Science Flyer