2020 Strands

20/20:  A Perfect Vision for Science Teaching

Strand #1: 20/20 Vision of Digital Literacy

The Digital Literacy strand will focus on the four following areas: Leadership in Digital Learning, Digital Citizenship, Digital Content and Instruction, and Data and Assessment.The professional development goals are:

  • Teachers will demonstrate leadership in accelerating their integration of digital teaching and learning pedagogies.
  • Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture.
  • Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.

Strand #2: 20/20 Vision of  Authentic Engagement

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an approach that challenges students to learn through engagement in a real-world problem. It is a format that simultaneously develops both problem-solving strategies and disciplinary knowledge bases and skills by placing students in the active role of problem-solvers confronted with a structured situation that simulates the kind of problems they are likely to face in the future.

Problem-based learning is student-centered and shifts the focus of the lesson from merely teaching the content to facilitating student learning. The process is aimed at using the power of authentic problem solving to engage students and enhance their scientific literacy and motivation.

Strand #3: 20/20 Vision of the Environment

Science lessons become engaging when students conduct inquiry and use higher-order skills.  Strategies can be made "real" if they help students learn how to improve and protect their environment.  As students design experiments to better understand the environment, they can integrate the areas of STEM with the life, earth and physical sciences to get a complete picture of what is happening in the natural world.

Sessions in this strand focus on concern for the environment and encourage students to use the areas of STEM and higher-order skills to discover ways to improve the environment.