Flinn Scientific, a flagship provider of science lab materials and safety and STEM solutions for the K-16 education market, is hosting its fourth installment of the free Professional Learning Webinar Series this month for K-12 science educators and district leaders. The latest webinars will feature an esteemed lineup of leading STEM experts and focus on timely topics around safely and effectively navigating the remainder of this school year and beyond.
“Our Professional Learning Webinar Series has provided thousands of educators with the practical and actionable information needed to help ensure a safe teaching and learning environment during this challenging school year,” said Michael Lavelle, CEO of Flinn Scientific. “Now we are teaming up with district and industry leaders to deliver even more insights and to provide educators with an opportunity to learn about the latest safety and STEM trends and to get answers to their most pressing questions.”
The hour-long webinars include:
Teaching Science & STEM Remotely – Moving Forward in 2021 with Purpose!
Presenter: Jacqueline Monteith, Science Supervisor and Remote Teaching Expert at Frontier School Division
- This session, which will soon be available on-demand, focuses on calming the chaos of 2020 and embracing 2021 with efficiency and purpose in the practice of teaching and learning. Attendees explore new approaches to curriculum, authentic assessment, and tools for teaching science, especially in a distance or remote learning environment. This session is suitable for teachers and administrators of all grade levels.
Science Safety When Offering Remote Science Teaching
Presenters: Dr. Ken Roy of the NSTA Safety Committee and James Palcik, Director of Education, Safety, and Compliance at Flinn Scientific
- Explore many of the common concerns when having students work remotely in the pursuit of science and STEM in the K-12 environment. This session will explore safety issues related to having students perform activities alone or without supervision and strategies to ensure safety adherence.
Trends in Education K-14 with Flinn
Presenters: Flinn Executive Leadership Team and invited guests
- As part of the Professional Learning Webinar Series, Flinn is launching a monthly panel discussion with industry leaders from across the United States to explore relevant topics that impact how educators teach and how students learn across multiple instructional formats. During these discussions, attendees can ask questions about important statewide or national issues and receive insight from publishers, school suppliers, science supervisors, and trusted academic and pedagogical leaders in the education field.
Using the Chemistry Lab for STEM Exploration Before Explaining
Presenter: Dr. Chris Moore, Professor at University of Nebraska, Omaha and Co-Author of Experience Chemistry at Savvas Learning
- What comes first in the chemistry classroom – explanations or lab? Traditionally, chemistry is “taught” first and then followed with a highly-structured lab to reinforce the learning. However, the 5E Instructional Model flips this order. Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate make up the 5Es with engagement and exploration right up front, but what does an exploration-based chemistry lab look like? How can educators take a more traditional lab and convert it into an authentic opportunity for student STEM discovery before they read a single sentence from a textbook or listen to a single lecture? In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will tackle these questions and teach educators how to facilitate discovery that will provide a 3D experience of chemistry in alignment with the NGSS.
Additional webinars from the Professional Learning Webinar Series examining the important and pivotal role educators at all levels play in today’s education climate are also available for on-demand viewing.