Professional Development

JASON Learning’s comprehensive professional development program is designed to increase teachers’ general expertise in implementing inquiry-based science curricula in the classroom and prepare them to use JASON with their students.

Download our flyer to view the variety of professional development programs available. We also offer NGSS specific training sessions. Click to learn more about JASON and NGSS.

In addition to custom teacher training workshops JASON conducts for schools and districts, JASON also hosts professional development workshops at locations throughout the country. These sessions are open to the public and led by JASON Lead Trainers. During these sessions, teachers practice inquiry-based learning, technology integration, student motivation, differentiated instruction, blended learning techniques, and more. Participants work in groups to perform activities from the curriculum, explore web resources, and discuss best practices for implementation.

JASON also offers web-based “virtual” sessions hosted by our expert trainers. Learn more about JASON’s approach to science teaching and learning through live tutorials on topics including curricula content, standards alignments, JASON resources, and the JASON online platform. All sessions encourage real-time Q&A with our trainers to assist with your specific needs.

Feel free to contact us for more information on our teacher training program, or schedule a demo to learn more about our approach to science teaching and learning.

JASON Core Curriculum Training

JASON Trainers lead educators through curriculum or topic-specific modules that pull from JASON’s award-winning programs to enable educators to implement JASON in their classrooms. All curricula are built around real-world scientists engaged in real-world scientific problems or phenomenon. During the workshops, teachers participate in hands-on labs and activities, explore JASON’s digital resources, practice basic navigation of the online platform, and share best practices for implementation. Educators also develop skills and comfort level around inquiry and three-dimensional teaching and learning strategies; technology integration; differentiated instruction; blended learning techniques; and student assessments.

JASON Webinars

JASON also offers web-based “virtual” sessions hosted by our expert trainers. Learn more about JASON’s approach to science teaching and learning through live tutorials on topics including curricula content, standards alignments, JASON resources, and the JASON online platform. All sessions encourage real-time Q&A with our trainers to assist with your specific needs. Visit  https://jasondev616.wpengine.com/teacher-training to see our schedule of upcoming webinars or to request a customized demo

JASON’s Core Curricula through an NGSS Lens (1 or 2 days: recommended for grades 5-9)

Don’t throw those lessons out with the bathwater! “Tried and true” lessons that have created meaningful experiences for your students for years do not need to be discarded with the advent of new standards. Join us as we share how JASON Learning is redesigning labs to support the transition to an NGSS classroom. Educators will experience two versions of a JASON lab, one created pre-NGSS, and the other a newly designed NGSS version. We will examine specific modifications and the strategies and tools used to make the adaptations through hands-on experience, and discussion. Toward the end of the session, educators are invited to examine a “tried and true” lesson of their own and apply these new strategies and tools to make future modifications.

Deconstructing Performance Expectations for an NGSS Classroom (1 or 2 days: all grade levels)

Participants will explore the Next Generation Science Standards in more depth and participate in discussions and analyses of how educators can begin to implement 3-dimensional learning. Participants will be introduced to new lesson planning tools and strategies to begin embracing NGSS pedagogy whether it’s with existing lessons or with new materials and resources. Using resources and investigations from JASON curricula participants will unpack a performance expectation to understand how this translates to classroom experience and lesson design. While using JASON resources to explore what 3-dimensional learning looks like, this experience is intended to empower educators to apply and adapt these tools and strategies to meet the needs of their school’s curricula and classroom settings.

• Resources and Tools for an NGSS Classroom & Problems of Practice (2 days –spread apart by at least one month: Best for Grade 5-12)

During Day 1 of each program, participants will experience selected three-dimensional investigations and resources and explore key JASON-NGSS teacher tools to locate additional candidate resources for inclusion in NGSS units of instruction. Educators will take away actual lessons, ideas and strategies to use and pilot with students in the classroom. During Day 2, educators will share their experiences using the resources, successes and challenges, and tips and strategies for integrating them into larger NGSS units with a network of peers. Sessions will also include strategies for connecting lessons and resources to other science disciplines through PE bundles and the use of summary tables. Although selected investigations and resources from specific JASON curricula will be used to illustrate strategies and pedagogy, ideas and tools will be transferable to other science disciplines, and can be applied to not only JASON materials but other resources educators may be working with. We offer this two-day experience in the following modules:

  • Physical Science (Energy, Motion & Stability/Forces & Interactions, and Waves, Grades 6-12)
  • Life Science (Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Grades 6-8) (Grades 9-12 under development)
  • Earth Science (Earth Systems, Earth & Human Activity, Grades 6-12)
  • Engineering Design (with connections to earth, life, and physical sciences, Grades 6-12)

A Framework for K-12 Science Education challenges us to deeply integrate engineering design into all disciplines at every level. Engineering and technology are featured alongside the disciplines to “reflect the importance of understanding the human-built world and to recognize the value of better integrating the teaching and learning of science, engineering, and technology” (p.2). What do the NGSS really say when it comes to engineering and design and what are the “big ideas’ students should be working on? The focus of this workshop is to build understanding and share strategies to integrate engineering design as presented in NGSS and in the Frameworks. Through hands-on experiences with JASON resources, participants will journey through the process of defining and delimiting engineering problems, how models can be used to develop and refine possible solutions, and methods that may be used to optimize a design.

Upcoming Training Dates

All times local to the training location, except where noted.

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Time Type District / Location Session Title Registration / Status
11:30am-4:30pm Virtual From the comfort of home or office! JASON National Conference (JNC) 2020 – WEEK 2 https://www.jason.org/national-educators-conference
11:30am-4:30pm Virtual From the comfort of home or office! JASON National Conference (JNC) 2020 – WEEK 1 https://www.jason.org/national-educators-conference
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go MS Math Part 2 Closed
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go MS Math Part 1 Closed
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go HS Science Part 2 Closed
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go HS Science Part 1 Closed
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go MS Science Part 2 Closed
9:00-10:30am Virtual Aldine, TX JASON Overview & Remote Learning: Grab and Go MS Science Part 1 Closed
8:00am-12:00pm Virtual Crook County, OR JASON Design Thinking & NGSS Closed
9:00-10:30 a.m.; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Virtual Tomball, TX JASON Learning Basics and Creating Grab and Go Remote Learning Lessons Closed
9:00-10:30 a.m.; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Virtual Tomball, TX JASON Learning Basics and Creating Grab and Go Remote Learning Lessons Closed
8:00am-12:00pm Virtual Crook County, OR JASON Introduction & Design Thinking Closed
1:00-3:00pm Virtual Newark City Schools, OH JASON Introduction
9:00am-3:30pm Virtual Milwaukee, WI Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Final and Awards Closed
9:00am-3:30pm Virtual Tulsa, OK Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Final and Awards Closed
9:00-11:00am In-person Campbell, OH JASON Introduction Closed
1:00pm-2:00pm In-person Online JASON Basics Register
TBD In-person Station Houston, Houston, TX JASON National Conference (JNC) 2020 – Houston Coming Soon!
1:00pm-2:00pm In-person Online JASON Basics Register
1:00pm-2:00pm In-person Online JASON Basics Register
1:00pm-2:00pm In-person Online JASON Basics Register
9:00am-3:30pm In-person Eastconn, Hampton, CT JASON NGSS Training: Climate Register
1:00pm-2:00pm Virtual Online JASON Basics Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person LEARN, Old Lyme, CT JASON for Elementary (Grades 3-5)- New offering! Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Revere, OH JASON Curriculum Training: TBD Closed
8:00am – 9:00 am Virtual Online JASON’s Learning Physical Science Collection Register
9:00am-3:30pm In-person Eastconn, Hampton, CT JASON for Elementary (Grades 3-5)- New offering! Register
8:30am-3:00pm In-person Salem School, Salem, CT JASON for Elementary (Grades K-2)- NGSS Resources, Pedagogy & Practice – New offering! Register
4:00pm – 5:00 pm Virtual Online JASON Learning’s Design and Pitch Challenges Register
9:00am-11:00am Virtual Lockland, OH JASON Overview: Grades 7-12 – Engineering, Math & Design Thinking Challenge Highlights Coming Soon!
8:00am-2:30pm In-person Warwick Public Schools, RI Living Well for Rhode Island “STEM V. Disease” Register
4:00pm – 5:00 pm Virtual Online JASON Learning’s Immersion (STEM K – 6) Register
8:00am-2:30pm In-person Newport Public Schools, RI Living Well for Rhode Island “STEM V. Disease” Register
12:00pm-3:00pm In-person Stratford Public Schools, CT Design & Pitch – Operation Lifeline Closed
8:00am-12:00pm In-person Houston ISD, TX Design & Pitch – Operation Lifeline Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Genesee Valley, NY JASON Curriculum Training: TBD Closed
4:00pm – 5:00pm Virtual Online JASON Overview Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Chicago Public Schools, IL Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Training Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Cedar Rapids, IA Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Training Closed
9:00am-3:30pm In-person Alief ISD, TX 6th Grade Science-Infinite Potential and Terminal Velocity Closed
8:00am – 9:00am Virtual Online JASON Overview Register
8:30am-2:30pm In-person West Warwick, RI Living Well for Rhode Island “STEM V. Disease” http://bit.ly/WestWarwick1218
8:00am – 9:00 am Virtual Online JASON Overview Register
8:30am-2:30pm In-person Smithfield, RI Living Well for Rhode Island “STEM V. Disease” http://bit.ly/Smithfield1214
9:00-11:00am Virtual Bethel-Tate, NY JASON New District Onboarding – Customized Grades 6-12 Closed
12:00-2:00pm Virtual Bethel-Tate, NY JASON New District Onboarding – Customized Grades 2-5 Closed
7:30am-2:00pm In-person Smithfield, RI JASON Curriculum Training: TBD Closed
TBA In-person University of VA TBA Closed
8:30am-3:00pm In-person East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC), Warren RI JASON Curriculum Training: World of Waves / HS Sampler Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person LEARN, Old Lyme, CT JASON for Elementary – New offering! Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Fairfax County, VA JASON Curriculum Training: World of Waves Closed
4:00pm – 5:00 pm Virtual Online JASON Overview Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Fairfield, CT – Sacred Heart University JASON Curriculum Training: World of Waves Register
8:00am-12:00pm In-person Houston ISD, TX JASON Curriculum Training: Customized for TEKS Grades K-5 Closed
8:00am-12:00pm In-person Houston ISD, TX JASON Curriculum Training: Customized for TEKS Grades 6-8 Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person Doddridge, WV JASON Curriculum Training: For Grades 5-8 Gifted & Talented Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Milwaukee, WI Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Training Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person Doddridge, WV JASON Curriculum Training: For Grades 2-4 Closed
8:10-9:10am; 9:20-10:20am; 10:30-11:30am; 12:50-1:50pm In-person Graham, OH JASON Curriulum Training Breakout Sessions – Customized for Ohio Standards of Learning Closed
12:30-2:00pm In-person Washington, DC JASON Curriculum Sampler – Physical Science for HS Closed
2:00-3:30pm In-person Washington, DC JASON Curriulum Sampler – Environmental Science for HS Closed
8:00am-3:30pm In-person Tulsa, OK Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Closed
2:00-5:00pm In-person North Chicago, IL JASON Learning for Early Elementary Grades K-3 Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person Chicago, IL Connected Storm Sanctuaries US Cellular Challenge Training Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Nadaburg, AZ JASON Learning New District Training Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Portsmouth, VA JASON Curriculum Training: Design & Pitch (Secondary) Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person CT Science Center, Hartford, CT JASON Learning for Elementary – New Offering! Register
8:30am-3:30pm In-person Portsmouth, VA JASON Curriculum Training: Design & Pitch (Elementary) Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person London City, OH JASON Learning New District Training Closed
8:20am-2:30pm In-person North Chicago, IL – Alexander ES JASON Learning for Early Elementary K-3 Breakout Sessions Closed
2:00-3:30pm In-person North Chicago, IL – Alexander ES JASON Learning for Early Elementary K-3 Overview Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person Washington Court House, OH JASON Learning New District Training Closed
12:30-3:30pm In-person Hays ISD, TX JASON Curriculum Training: Customized for TEKS Closed
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m In-person Del Valle ISD, TX JASON Curriculum Training: Customized for TEKS Closed
8:00am-3:00pm In-person Rolling Hills, OH JASON Learning New District Training Closed
8:00am-3:30pm In-person Klein ISD, TX Houston Regional Conference Register
8:00am-3:30pm In-person Klein ISD, TX ARGO Math and Design and Pitch (non-JASON subscribers) Register
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Virtual Online JASON Overview Register
9:00am – 11:00am In-person Eanes ISD, TX JASON Learning for Curriculum Leaders Closed
8:00am – 9:00 am Virtua Online JASON Overview Register
1:00-3:30 In-person Alief ISD, TX JASON Overview Admin Team Closed
8:30am-3:30pm In-person McDonald County, MO JASON Learning New District Training Closed

TRAINING ACROSS THE GLOBE

JASON Learning has been holding training sessions in several cities in China. In partner with TRIWAY, JASON has been able to integrate its training and curriculum into public school systems of China.