Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Demystify NGSS: Getting Up to Speed on Current Practices in K-12 Science Education featuring Jeff Spencer

In-Person Workshop
July 30th, 2024, 9:00am - 3:00pm
NIU Naperville




July 30, 2024

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

NIU Naperville


Includes:  Parking, Continental Breakfast,

Lunch on your own

5 PD Hours



Does your NGSS implementation need a Reboot?


Leverage this robust national movement to construct vibrant learning environments for students in all areas. This INTERACTIVE AND HANDS-ON course invites teachers at all levels to consider: What are the Next Generation Science Standards, and what does an NGSS-aligned classroom look like? Engage in a model activity that contrasts an NGSS-aligned lesson with traditional science classroom practices.


Rethink to: Learn the structure of NGSS Find standards for your specific grade Know where to find materials related to the NGSS Leave with an understanding of the structure of the NGSS Understand if teaching or curricula are aligned to the current standards Consider ways to shift your current teaching to better align with the NGSS


Who Should Attend?

Teachers, Teacher Coaches, Principals, Curriculum Administrators


Jeff Spencer is a science instructional coach with the Illinois Regional Office of Education #17 and a researcher at the University of Michigan studying the design, implementation, and adaptation of culturally relevant teaching materials in the classroom. His work focuses on building professional learning structures that support the implementation of practices-based science education in classrooms throughout Illinois. Prior to this, Jeff was a high school science teacher. for six years at a large, diverse high school in Aurora, CO. In this position, he led teacher professional development around cultural relevance and mentored young teachers as they engaged with the culture of their community. He is also a senior fellow with the Knowles Teacher Initiative, an organization geared towards supporting secondary teacher development and building leadership capacity, and is involved in design and facilitation with Open Sci Ed, Modeling Instruction, and the POGIL project. When not teaching and doing research, Jeff spends time with his family, enjoys cooking and eating all types of food, and is an avid cyclist.


Conference Fees

ILASCD Member $199

Non-Member $248

Non-Member for 2 People Each $238

Non-Member for 3 People Each $228

(Call 618-203-3933 for larger team discounts of five or more people)


How to Register

  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org
  • Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and use your Visa,
    MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Mail: Send the completed form with a check or copy of the P.O. to IL ASCD Spencer— Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

  • Fax: Fax the completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of your school P.O.  





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