November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming
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Thursday, November 7 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Phenomenon-based Storyline Science Learning in a Wyoming Context

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Come join us in learning about shifts in science teaching and learning! Since the adoption of Wyoming’s new science standards in 2016, teachers are being asked to re-evaluate what science teaching and learning looks like, sounds like, and feels like. In providing professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, we have found success in the use of natural phenomena, or observable events, alongside reflective practice as a strategy of introducing/framing units, creating more engagement and buy-in from students. The use of this strategy leads to student questions, which are used to drive the instruction. As a result, students experience higher levels of engagement and connection in the instructional units. Participants will spend the session engaging in this practice with the facilitators, focused specifically on Wyoming-centric phenomena.

Upon completion of this session, participants will have gained personal understanding regarding:
1. Phenomena-based instruction
2. Place-based (Wyoming-centric) instruction within science teaching
3. Fundamental ways that science teaching and learning is changing in light of the new science standards


Martha Inouye

Dr. Ana Houseal and Martha Inouye have worked extensively with school districts, science teachers, and administrators around the state of Wyoming for the last seven and four years, respectively. Throughout this time, they have developed a wealth of strategies and tools to assist science... Read More →

Clare Gunshenan

Clare Gunshenan brings a wealth of knowledge from her outdoor education experience to this team. Clare joined Ana and Martha during the 2018-19 school year and continues to build and refine her knowledge as she collaborates on teacher PD in Wyoming. 

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
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