Science/STEM Professional Development Opportunities
Science/STEM Online Self-Paced PD Opportunities~COMING SOON
We are working diligently to have these online courses available to you as soon as possible.
Three-Dimensional Science Instruction
- Learning Progressions for K-5 Science
- Learning Progressions for 6-12 Science
- K-5 Science Curriculum Analysis Worksheet
- 6-12 Science Curriculum Analysis Worksheet
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Science and Engineering Practices
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Crosscutting Concepts
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Disciplinary Core Ideas
Examples of Three-Dimensional Science Lessons
- Kindergarten Example: Life Cycles (Heredity)
- Grade 3 Example: Light
- Grade 4 Example: Earth’s Processes
- Grade 8 Example: Chemical Reactions
- HS Chemistry Example: Rate of Reactions
- HS Biology Example: Adaptations
- HS PS Example: Energy of Pendulums
- HS ES Example: Climate Patterns
- 3-D Science Concept Organizer Template
- Grade K Example – Heredity
- Grade 3 Example: Light
- High School Earth Science Example: Climate Patterns
Disciplinary Literacy in Science Documents
Disciplinary Literacy in Science Documents
Science Instructional Resources – ADE Developed
Science Instructional Resources – External Sources
- icon external link3D Models of The Human Body: Interactive Online Tool
- icon external linkA New Vision for Science Education
- icon external linkAnnenberg Media Learner.org Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools.
- icon external linkARS News and Information Research news, science for kids, and images from Agricultural Research Service.
- icon external linkBioLEAP Lending Library of Life Science Materials
- icon external linkThe Biology Project An interactive resource for learning about biology concepts, sponsored by the University of Arizona.
- icon external linkThe Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
- icon external linkDigital Library for Earth System Education
Interactive visual search tool for exploring the detailed 3-D models of human body parts-including muscles, veins, bones, and organs.
Education Implications of the Vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Arizona Science Standards.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society provides a comprehensive library of dissection alternatives that includes high-relief, three dimensional plastic models, computer software programs, color transparencies, videotapes and other materials for a wide range of species. These materials are available on a free loan basis to students, teachers, school boards and others interested in advancing science education without harming animals.
CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, includes lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and more.
- icon external linkInternational System of Units (SI) The International System of Units, abbreviated SI, is the modern metric system of measurement. This site provides a list of the 7 base units, derived units, and their symbols.
- icon external linkNational Institute for Science Education
- icon external linkNASA Spacelink
- icon external linkNational Science Digital Library
- icon external linkNational Science Teachers Association – Learning Center
Publications, research and educational activities.
An Aeronautics and Space Resource for Education.
NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
Includes Science Objects (free one- to two-hour interactive simulation-based learning experiences) and NSTA Web Seminars (free weekly 90-minute, live professional development experiences that allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners).
- icon external linkSTEM Notebooks
- icon external linkThe Tree of Life Home Page
- icon external linkUnderstanding Evolution – An evolution site for teachers
- icon external linkUSGS – Education The Learning Web, a portion of the U.S. Geological Survey to, a portion of the USGS web sit dedicated to K-12 education, exploration, and life-long learning.
Provides information and strategies for creating science and STEM notebooks, including examples of student notebooks.
Information about phylogeny and biodiversity.
Comprehensive site containing extensive background information to help teachers understand the complexities of evolution and teach it effectively.
Laboratory Safety Resources
icon icon Arizona School Facilities Board requirements for science classrooms . (see page 15 of the PDF document)
icon icon Science and Safety, Making the Connection (pdf) A Secondary Safety Guide produced by the Council of State Science Supervisors.
icon icon School Chemistry Lab Safety Guide (pdf)
icon icon Safety in the Science Classroom, Laboratory, or Field Sites (pdf)
icon external-link Safe Chemical Management in Schools The EPA has assembled a toolkit and resources for the safe handling of chemicals in schools and school districts.
The Center for Disease Control’s Facts about Mercury in Schools provides information for school administrators, faculty, staff, local health jurisdictions and parent groups on how to reduce the hazards of mercury on children’s health, avoid chemical liabilities, develop planning tools, and establish collection programs for mercury.
Chemical Management in Schools is addressed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including guidance on self-certification for school laboratories, inventory procedures, lists of common chemical hazards and prohibited or restricted chemicals, and more.
The School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide presents information about ordering, using, storing, and maintaining chemicals in the high school laboratory. The guide also provides information about chemical waste, safety and emergency equipment, assessing chemical hazards, common safety symbols and signs, and fundamental resources relating to chemical safety, such as Material Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Hygiene Plans, to help create a safe environment for learning. In addition, checklists are provided for both teachers and students that highlight important information for working in the laboratory and identify hazards and safe work procedures.
Earn 7 hours of professional development hours by taking Flinn Scientific’s online-self paced laboratory safety courses. *Note: These courses are not offed by the ADE but by Flinn Scientific INC. Check with your district/charter to approve this professional development
AZ Science Recommended Time Allotment
|Grade||Suggested Minutes per Week||Suggested Average Minutes per Day|
|K||90 mins per week||18 mins per day|
|1st||150 Mins per week||30 mins per day|
|2nd||150 Mins per week||30 mins per day|
|3rd||200 Mins per week||40 mins per day|
|4th||150 Mins per week||18 mins per day|
|5th||225 Mins per week||45 mins per day|
|6th||250 Mins per week||50 mins per day|
|7th||250 Mins per week||50 mins per day|
|8th||250 Mins per week||50 mins per day|
|HS||275 Mins per week||55 mins per day|
Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time
Research and Publications
- icon external linkA Framework for K-12 Science Education This document developed by the National Academies of Science’s Board on Science Education outlines a vision for K-12 Science education, focusing on 3-dimensional learning.
- icon external linkAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
- Advances science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association
- icon external linkAtlas for Science Literacy This book features visual maps of science content from K to 12, and helps schools and districts with science curriculum development.
- icon external linkBenchmarks for Science Literacy Developed by the Project 2061, the Benchmarks look at adjusting science curriculum to essential elements with a goal of having all graduates scientifically literate by 2061.
- icon external linkCurriculum Topic Study Curriculum Topic Study is an NSF-funded project that is developing a coordinated set of science materials to help K-12 educators deepen their understanding of the important science topics they teach. CTS builds a bridge between state and national standards, research on students’ ideas in science, and opportunities for students to learn science through improved teacher practice.
- icon external linkDesigning Optimal Knowledge for Teaching Science and Mathematics (pdf) This paper examines reform proposals for K-12 science and mathematics teaching, including Literature that delineates the varieties of knowledge that have been associated with this kind of teaching. This paper addresses the character of that knowledge rather than the content of that knowledge.
- National Academy of Sciences Provides latest research and policy in science, engineering, and medicine.
- National Association for Research in Science Teaching The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.
- icon external linkNational Science Foundation Includes information about the agency, its programs, and its publications; details of NSF grants; and links to other science-related research centers
- Science for All Americans On-Line Developed by the Project 2061, this book consists of a set of recommendations on what understandings and ways of thinking are essential for all citizens in a world shaped by science and technology.
Grants and Awards
General Science Assessment Information
- icon Externa Link NAEP Profile for Arizona – Grade 4
- icon Externa Link NAEP Profile for Arizona – Grade 8
icon Externa Link Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) TIMSS, formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.
Arizona Science Assessment
Science AIMS will be administered to grades 4, 8, and HS Biology during Spring 2016 and all subsequent school years until a new science standard is adopted and implemented. A timeframe for adopting new science standards or changing the science assessment in Arizona has not yet been determined.
Science Student Guides
Science Sample Tests
Contact Information: Sarah Sleasman, Director of K-12 Science and STEM – 602-364-2353