Quarterly workshops funded by Lockheed Martin provide content knowledge and create resources for teachers to successfully prepare high school students for the Biology I End of Course assessment and for future scientific learning.
Workshops use pedagogical practices to move participants from having teacher-centered to learner-centered classrooms. Each workshop follows the outline below:
Discussing "bell work” – what to do in the first 5 to 10 minutes of the class.
Deconstructing the benchmarks to reveal the depth and breadth of the content and using the deconstructed benchmarks to focus and plan instruction.
Learning from expert speakers and participating in follow-up activities. Activities focus on engineering design challenges and labs. Lockheed Martin engineers help teach participants how to take inquiry labs to the next level.
Creating lesson plans by learning community for the next quarter. Each participant group creates 1 to 2 weeks of lesson plans for the next quarter. Lesson plans are posted on the district's professional development portal for use by all Orange County teachers.