Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a ubiquitous support strategy that teachers use to help students learn how to construct clear and concise scientific explanations. This virtual workshop will uncover why CER can be difficult for teachers and/or students while providing a pathway to confidence in teaching and learning this fundamental goal of science: constructing explanations for the world around us. Foundational understanding, including development of a CER task to be used early in the school year, will be supported during 3 one-hour virtual sessions in July, followed by 2 one-hour debrief/analysis sessions in late August/early September.


Registration Deadline June 19, 2020

Workshop participants will:
… characteristics of effective as well as problematic CER tasks.

… in professional conversations to refine instructional practice to support deeper student learning for constructing explanations.

… classroom instruction that authentically engages students in developing the skills needed to write robust scientific explanations.

… why students AND teachers still struggle with writing effective scientific explanations (CER is not new!).

Virtual Session Schedule 

Session 1:  July 20, 10:00-11:00 am (welcome, develop foundational understanding for CER; Asgn. 1)
Session 2:  July 24, 10:00-11:00 am (reflections from Asgn. 1. Experience Asgn. 2)
Session 3:  Aug 3, 10:00-11:00 am (reflections from Asgn. 2. Experience  Plan for implementation 1)
Session 4:  August 20, 3:30-4:30 pm (Debrief from Implementation 1; plan for implementation 2)
Session 5:  Sept 3, 3:30-4:30 pm (Debrief from Implementation 2; plan for further implementation)

Who should attend?
Middle and high school science teachers who want to Include CER tasks as a natural & effective part of their instructional toolbox.

Why attend?
To collaborate with & learn alongside other science teachers to meet the fundamental goal of science education:  Constructing Explanations.

Participants limited to: 15 or
(12 teams of multiple participants)