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Montana State University offers teacher workshop on NGSS Aug. 14-18

July 11, 2017

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Montana State University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network offers a week-long course in August that will help K-8 teachers build curriculum materials that align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

The course runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14-18 at Willson School in Bozeman. Registration is $50 and enrollment is limited to 20 teachers. Participants can earn OPI renewal units or Continuing Education Units.

Participating teachers will use grade-specific units that group appropriate Performance Expectations (from the NGSS standards page) to help them develop activities for their particular classroom. The second part of the workshop will be hands-on building of science classroom activities. Teachers will be able to work individually or with small groups of teachers from the same grade level.

The course is taught by Gerry Wheeler, MSU emeritus professor of physics, and emeritus executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. Wheeler has served on advisory boards for Discovery Communications’ Science Channel and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association as well as many other science and engineering-related organizations. He has also served as a consultant for nationally broadcast children’s science, technology, engineering and math programming, called STEM, including 3-2-1 Contact and Walt Disney Educational Media Productions. He lives in Bozeman and is president of the non-profit Quality STEM Education.

The National Teachers Enhancement Network is an MSU program that offers online graduate courses, non-credit learning opportunities and free resources for teachers. The program has served more than 20,000 teachers since its launch in 1993.

Register for the course or learn more at or contact Kelly Boyce at or (406) 994-6812. The NTEN Facebook page is