2018 Next Generation Summer Science Symposium

The Florida Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2018 Next Generation Summer Science Symposium. The 2018 Summer Science Symposium is a pilot project for science professional development across grades levels.  The goal of the Summer Science Symposium is to build capacity among Florida’s science teachers to increase student achievement in science. Each symposium location will offer three tracks: (1) grades 3-5, (2) middle school (grades 6-8), and (3) biology. The tracks were determined based upon the cumulative nature of the Statewide Science Assessments and Biology End-of-Course Exam.

Participants will gain an increased knowledge of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). More specifically, participants will 1) increase content knowledge in the sciences, 2) experience hands-on activities and labs to replicate in their classrooms and 3) increase collaboration with their peers. There will be three symposiums held at high schools around the state and each symposium will provide all three tracks.

Host District

July 24 – 26
J.R. Arnold High School

July 30 – Aug 1
Flagler Palm Coast High School

July 30 – Aug 1
Estero High School

There is very limited space at each location.  Please see the attached table for the 2018 Next Generation Summer Science Symposium Participant Allocation (PDF) to determine the number of guaranteed registrations per district for each track. These numbers were determined based upon the student population in each district as compared to the region’s total student population. The numbers indicated on the chart are guaranteed per district for registration beginning April 15 and ending April 29, 2018. Open registration begins on April 30, 2018 and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program

The Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program is supporting the Summer Science Symposium through a unique partnership with the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support (BSIS). This collaboration is connecting science educators statewide and identifying the professional development needs of science teachers while creating a cadre of content cohorts for future projects. The success of this pilot year will determine subsequent collaborative and funded opportunities with the Title IV, Part A program.


What is Title IV, Part A? (PDF)

Digital Badging

As part of the symposium our content developers, reviewers, facilitators and participants will be awarded Open Badge micro-credentials in recognition of their dedication, achievements, and demonstrated skills. Micro-credentials are an increasingly popular method to display achievements and skills a person proves competency in. These digital “badges” are verifiable, with embedded information and evidence of the demonstrated skills and achievements. We are excited to provide this visual and digital representation of the participants’ ability to apply and demonstrate their skills.

For more information, contact PJ Duncan at Patricia.Duncan@fldoe.org or 850-245-0808. We look forward to your participation in this exciting professional development opportunity.