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MSP LNC 2011

Developing Learning Progressions in Earth and Space Science as a Tool for Teacher Professional Development and Student Learning


To improve the quality of instruction and student learning in Earth and Space science we must have professional development that tightly integrates assessment (broadly construed), curriculum development and pedagogical improvement. This project focuses on developing innovative and integrated methods of research and practice centered around learning progressions as a tool for supporting all strands of teacher and student learning. Summer teacher workshops focus on development of LPs based on samples of student work and use these emerging LPs as guides to develop curriculum and formative assessments. During the school year teachers use these developed tools to experiment with new approaches to teaching ESS content and video record their attempts. The second iteration of teacher workshops incorporates those video records as a source for modified lesson study discussions.