2017 Professional Development Opportunities:

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  • Each class is a one-day program.
  • Participation includes one hour of classroom support.
  •  $400 per class
  • To register contact Joan Carey, joan@beec.org

beaverPlant & Animal Survival ~ July 10, 2017

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 all of the Next Generation performance expectations for life 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.


Push – Pull Unit ~ February 8, 2017Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 3.09.11 PM

Through a study of forces and interactions we will design a comprehensive unit addressing physical science Performance Expectations, as outlined in NGSS.

If you have any questions about professional development opportunities

please contact Joan Carey:  joan@beec.org



Teachers learning from each other.

Teachers learning from each other.

What Teachers Have to Say:

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

“The next time I teach this unit there will be more alignment with the new standards, more coordination with my teaching team, and more field time.”

“This workshop was wonderfully facilitated – organized, clear, comprehensive, encouraging, and all done with great humor!”

“I can not say enough about how helpful this is. I believe we learn by doing, so having participated makes it so much more accessible to me. Being the “kid” is the best.”

“Hands-on activities, especially the stream table were invaluable in helping me to envision working on this unit with second graders.”

“We, as participants, generated may questions and theories as we experienced the activities. It has reinforced my understanding of encouraging youngsters to do the same.”

“This was a great way to get a solid overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and activities to cover them.”

“I’ve taken a number of Science Inquiry classes. This class brought it down to 2nd-3rd grade.”

“This workshop packed a lot into a very short time. Receiving some of the materials to take home will really help with implementing the curriculum.”

“This session will definitely add depth to my teaching of this unit.”

“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.”