SCI Summer Workshops will not be offered in 2017.
SCI Summer Workshops for Teachers
The promotion and support of quality science teaching has been a cornerstone goal of SCI since the inception of the company. We fervently believe that the best IPS and FM&E teachers are those who are trained in the instructional materials they use.
To support the professional development of IPS and FM&E teachers, we award credits that can be redeemed to offset tuition costs for SCI-approved IPS and/or FM&E national and regional workshops. Five percent of what your school has paid for our copyrighted materials over the three-year period ending May 31 of the current year will be awarded to your school. In this way, we hope to help teachers take advantage of valuable professional development opportunities, provide students with highly-trained teachers, and reduce the professional development costs borne by schools and school districts.
In addition to the extensive in-service training programs provided by many schools and school districts, IPS and FM&E teachers have summer workshop opportunities available as shown below. In each workshop, participants work with the authors and experienced teachers to perform all experiments, discuss pedagogy, and share classroom management and safety tips.
2016 Workshop Listings
Introductory Physical Science - Part 1: Properties of Matter
(Note: In addition to the content covered in Chapters 1-6 of the 9th Edition of Introductory Physical Science, this workshop addresses the philosophy of the IPS program. Thus, it is advisable to attend Part 1 before taking either the Part 2 or Part 3 workshops.) The topics covered in Chapters 1-6 are the essentially the same in the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions. This workshop is designed to enhance your content knowledge and classroom practice. Experience student experiments and develop an understanding of basic concepts, laboratory skills, safety issues, and classroom management. Reading, reasoning, and communication skills will be addressed in the context of properties of matter, solutions, mixtures, elements, and compounds. The use of software in student experimentation and the evaluation of student work will be discussed.
Introductory Physical Science - Part 2: Atoms and Molecules
This workshop covers Chapters 7-11 of the 9th edition of Introductory Physical Science. (Note: This includes all of the topics covered in Chapters 7-10 of the 7th and 8th Editions of IPS, plus a new chapter on molecular motion.) Perform all student experiments, discuss classroom strategies, basic concepts, laboratory skills, and safety issues. Reading, reasoning, and student communication will be addressed, in addition to the use of software in student experimentation and the evaluation of student work.
Introductory Physical Science - Part 3: Energy and Forces
This workshop covers Chapters 12 through 16 of the 9th edition of Introductory Physical Science. These chapters are a new inclusion in the 9th Edition of IPS. Topics include energy, forces, motion, and Newton's laws. In this workshop, you will enhance your classroom practice as you experience student experiments and develop an understanding of basic concepts and laboratory skills. As in the other 9th Edition workshops, reading, reasoning, and student communication will be addressed, in addition to the use of software in student experimentation and the evaluation of student work.
Additional Workshop Information
Lodging may be available for each of these courses for an additional fee. These costs are subject to change each Spring.
Additional regional workshops may be scheduled as interest and number of participants warrant.
Please call 888-501-0957 or email SCI if you have questions about any of these workshops.