Adaptation! Align Your STEM Lessons to the NYS P-12 Science Standards (Grades 3-5)

How can you adapt your current instructional materials so your students meet the performance expectations of the NYS P- 12 Science Learning Standards? Work with colleagues to carefully examine and adapt your classroom STEM lessons, and find new lessons to integrate into your STEM units of study. 

Through a series of lesson studies based on the BSCS 5E Instruction Model, we will consider how to set up investigations and real-world problem-solving opportunities, spark creativity and innovation, explain science and engineering concepts, and make connections across content areas. This series of roundtables will provide you the opportunity to receive coaching from CASDA facilitators as you adapt lessons from your own units of study to meet the NYS Science Learning Standards.


Does your STEM lesson:
• Focus on real-world issues and problems?
• Include an engineering design process?
• Immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration?
• Involve students in productive teamwork?
• Apply rigorous cross-content learning?

Session Dates:

November 8, 2018

January 9, 2019

February 6, 2019

March 6, 2019

March 19, 2019



8:15-10:15 a.m.


UAlbany Health Sciences Campus, Room A407


CTLE Credit:

10 hours


Betsy Smith, CASDA Faculty

Betsy is a professional developer who has served the field of education as an elementary teacher, ELA coordinator, principal and district leader.  She is an adjunct professor at UAlbany, School of Education, Leadership Program and her expertise includes strengthening the leadership capacity of teachers and principals, aligning curriculum to the New York State Learning Standards, and standards-based grading.

Agnes Zellin, CASDA Faculty

Agnes is a National Board Certified elementary teacher. She served as a district elementary science coordinator, developed field-based science programs and classroom STEM projects, and is a teacher consultant with the Capital District Writing Project.

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