Arizona Science Teacher's Association: A Deeper Dive - Constructing Grades K-5 3-Dimensional Science Units Program

ASTA is now accepting team applications for A Deeper Dive: Constructing Grades K-5 3-Dimensional Science Units Program.

This program is a partnership with Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and financially supported by APS Foundation and the Burton Family Foundation.

Through an intense year-long professional learning opportunity, 54 K-5 elementary level teachers working in teams will learn how to utilize tools and processes  to create 3-dimensional lessons that will form a unit aligned to the Arizona Science Standards. Participants will be grouped in professional learning communities (PLCs) facilitated by a teacher leader, who will work with them virtually and face-to-face throughout the year between face-to-face meetings. Participants will create a 3D unit blueprint and develop multiple instructional sequences that will form a 3D science instructional unit which will be implemented, revised, and then submitted to ASTA and ADE to be published as models.

Applications are being accepted through September 3, 2021. Team applications must be submitted to ASTA by 10 pm on September 3, 2021.   To learn more about this opportunity and the application, click here.

Teams can be from the same school/district and can be multi-district.  ASTA will assist educators in rural or small schools who would like to be on a team but who do not have colleagues who can join them to create a multi-district team.  In addition, multiple teams from a district can apply.

A Deeper Dive’s main goal is to build capacity among 72 elementary teachers and coaches in AZ in developing and implementing 3-dimensional instructional units aligned to the AzSS.  Through this program participants will:

·   Build capacity through collaboration with science leaders statewide;

·   Learn to use tools that translate science core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts into instructional sequences that form a 3-dimensional science instructional unit;

·   Think deeply about learning and teaching to develop a clear vision of science education that is coherent, focused, and rigorous and based on 3-dimensional best practices; and

·   Collaboratively align instructional units to the AzSS and share throughout the state.

Please contact deeper_dive@azsta.org for assistance if needed.


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Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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