Professional Development

BEEC’s professional development classes are hands-on, comprehensive, and are aligned with NGSS. Classes are taught by Joan Carey, and can be scheduled by districts, individual schools or teams of teachers. Currently scheduled classes are listed below. Contact with general inquiries and to request a class.

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Earth’s Systems ~ September 14 and October 12, 2017 at Hinsdale NH

Aligned with NGSS for 4th & 5th Grade Earth Science

What are the forces that have shaped our Earth, and how do the Earth’s systems inform life on our planet? This unique class will examine these questions across two grade levels. Teachers will learn how to look beneath the landscape and how to read the rocks in order to create meaningful and relevant science curricula to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.       (4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2, 5-ESS2.1, 5-ESS2.2, 5-ESS3.1) Connections to both literacy and the Learning Lab at Story Preservation Initiative will be integrated into these units.     Class is full. Contact Joan,   to be put on a waitlist.

 Animal and Plant Survival ~              Oct 26, 2017

Aligned with NGSS Kindergarten Earth & Life Science

What do plants and animals need in order live and grow? This 10-lesson unit for kindergarteners reveals patterns in the needs of living things, then explores how plants and animals live in different habitats that meet their survival needs. Students investigate how plants and animals change their environment to meet their needs, from oak trees to beavers to humans, ending with solutions for reducing human impact on the environment. This unit meets NGSS performance expectations for life and earth sciences in kindergarten (K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3), and includes a diversity of engaging games, outdoor activities, and scientific inquiry.      Class is full. Contact Joan,   to be put on a waitlist.

The Forces that Shape Earth ~ Nov 16, 2017

Aligned with NGSS 4th Grade Earth Science

What forces have shaped the Earth, and what can we do to reduce the impact of some of these natural Earth processes? Students are introduced to a wide range of geological forces as they explore the causal relationship between various processes and their effects on the landscape. As they plan and carry out investigations students come to understand the options and limitations that humans encounter in the face of weathering and erosion. This unit meets NGSS performance expectations earth sciences in 4th grade (4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2), and includes a diversity of engaging activities, outdoor adventures, and engineering design challenges.

BEEC is proud to announce that it is now an official professional development partner with Vermont Afterschool, Inc. We will be working with trainers across the state to implement Environmental Literacy in Action!, a workshop to help professional afterschool leaders understand the scope of environmental literacy and find statewide partners for bringing environmental programs to youth. In addition, a new suite of four environmental literacy trainings are nearing completion to support direct service staff who want to get kids outdoors after school and in summer. Each workshop will be packed with easy to implement hands-on/minds-on activities aligned with Vermont’s four seasons.

What Teachers have to Say

Teachers learning from each other.
Teachers learning from each other.

“This was an excellent workshop. I appreciate how well thought out not only the lessons were by the sequencing of them as well.”

“This workshop will change my teaching. It will move beyond appreciation of habitat and exploration at an introductory level. Now more time will be given to this unit to include a broader range of scientific thinking skills: designing single variable experiments, and use of observations and data collecting to draw deeper conclusions.”