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ASSET-TILT (Augmenting Science and Special Educator Team- Teaching Inquiry Learning Together) is a VA Department of Education-sponsored two-day academy for high school science teacher and co-teacher pairs. Workshop leaders will model strategies for successfully incorporating high level inquiry and engaging hands-on experiments into their classes of diverse learners. In addition, Participants will: (1) enhance their science content knowledge for effective instructional delivery; (2) learn new techniques for vocabulary development of all students; (3) learn collaboration strategies for science and special educator teams; and (4) will establish a network of support and a learning community of participants.
The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, the extra meal plan (breakfast and dinner) and On-Campus DOUBLE lodging (if you select SINGLE lodging, you must pay the difference of $28) for all Virginia public school teachers. A $200 stipend will be provided to each participant upon successful completion of this 2-day academy.
A requirement of the ASSET-TILT Academy is a teacher team (one Special Education Teacher and a co-teaching Science Teacher attend). **Important NOTE** When completing the registration form you must BOTH identify the other member of your teacher team (see below). Please be aware that while you may get an email upon completion of the form saying your registration is COMPLETE your status will be changed to PENDING if the other member of your team does not register within 10 days.
Your acceptance into the ASSET-TILT Augmenting Science and Special Educator Teams-Teaching Inquiry Learning Together (ASSET-TILT) CTA is based on the following requirements and must be included in the notes section of your application:
1. Science and special educator co-teaching partner’s name and grade level/subject
2. School name and school division name
The Department is seeking middle school, science teachers in co-teaching teams from individual middle and high schools. Priority will be given to teachers who teach in schools that have not met their annual measurable objective (AMO) for students with disabilities in science.
The 2017 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 am Monday, June 26 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 27. The daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons.
This training is designed for school based teams comprised only of persons who are currently employed by local public schools and authorized by the superintendent to represent the school division. Therefore, registration for the training is limited to current public school employees only. No onsite registration will be accommodated. All registrants will be required to present a school-issued identification card at the check in desk upon arrival. Individuals registered will not be permitted to send a substitute if they are unable to attend. No audio or video taping of the training sessions will be allowed. The Virginia Department of Education reserves the right to cancel the registration of any person who does not meet the registration criteria.
Kerry Cresawn is in an assistant professor in Biology at JMU. This is her 10th year teaching courses for Biology majors and pre-service teachers. She also works extensively with K-5 students across 7 school districts of VA as part of a traveling science outreach program and collaborates with the College of Education and other Science departments to recruit and prepare future secondary science teachers. Her research interests include studying the impact of K-12 community engagement experiences on the attitudes of future STEM professionals and assessing the progression of children's conceptions of life science concepts throughout elementary school through drawing analysis.