JASON's Professional Development

Life-Changing STEM Experiences with JASON's Role Models

JASON's Professional Development Program

From your first login to becoming a nationally recognized expert in STEM education, JASON’s professional development programming is ready to support you and your teachers! JASON Learning works to cultivate a fully integrated STEM education culture through every classroom. Choose between synchronous or asynchronous virtual training, picking the best Professional Development plan for your schedule. Customized on-site training is also available!

For educators who are familiar with the basics of JASON’s content and navigation, we offer advanced training from instructional coaching that is designed to support your local educators, to design thinking focused on community engagement, to becoming one of our national trainers, there are so many ways to develop your pedagogy and application of STEM concepts to your classroom.

JASON's Professional Development Course Catalog

The courses listed below can be given as a custom professional development session for your school. These PD courses represent both introductory and deeper learning experiences specific to the needs of your school!

Getting Started

JASON Orientation - Let’s Get Started!

JASON Orientation - Let’s Get Started!

K-12, All Audiences

Educators participate in an orientation to JASON, including JASON’s philosophy, curricula, and available resources. Educators will learn how to access standard alignments and identify the curriculum collections best suited for their needs. This includes tips and strategies for onboarding students and navigating the JASON platform. Best for educators getting started with JASON for the very first time. Content and Grade agnostic.

JASON Navigation

JASON Navigation

Modules Offered: Grades K-12 (General Audience) | Grades K-2 (STEM/Science) | Grades 3-5 (STEM/Science) | Grades 6-8 (STEM/Science) | Grades 9-12 (STEM/Science) | Grades 6-12 (Math)

This seminar is designed for educators who have attended a JASON orientation or have used JASON before. This seminar will develop deeper comfort and skill level at finding resources best suited for specific grade bands. Educators will become more familiar with JASON’s various curriculum models (from our storylining approach to 5E), teacher resources, and lesson plans, and will explore and share implementation strategies with peers.

Starting Off Right for Remote & Hybrid Classrooms

Starting Off Right for Remote & Hybrid Classrooms

K-12, All Audiences

Relationships matter. Staying connected is even more challenging in a remote setting. Absent strong teacher-student and student-student relationships, your program is destined to underperform. With this 90-minute seminar, your teachers will master practical solutions to build a connected classroom, starting on Day #1.

Virtual Team Building

Virtual Team Building

K-12, All Audiences

Remote doesn’t have to mean removed. This interactive session features a series of interactive activities and strategies designed to keep students engaged in the learning process and with each other. Empower your teachers to create a sense of community, wherever learning happens this school year.

Collaborative Approaches for Remote Learning

Collaborative Approaches for Remote Learning

K-12, All Audiences

Remote learning doesn’t mean students can’t work together. This seminar helps teachers develop ideas for collaboration and teamwork in remote or hybrid learning environments. Explore ways to share data, facilitate collaborative projects and provide feedback, while leveraging the latest classroom technologies, from Google Classroom to Flipgrid to padlet, and more.

Designing for Resilience

Designing for Resilience

K-12, All Audiences

Whether in-classroom, hybrid, or fully remote, educators will need tools and strategies to provide students with the education they deserve under circumstances that demand flexibility and innovation. This workshop focuses on designing meaningful learning experiences for students leveraging JASON resources that work well remotely or in-person to ensure learning continues uninterrupted. Educators will explore guiding principles of effective remote lesson design taking into consideration student needs and ability, student choice, equity, and accessibility.

JASON Academy Programs

JASON Academy Programs

JASON Academy Programs include our Best Practices in Remote Teaching & Learning and JASON’s Discovery Series outlined below.

All programs available as a two-hour overview workshop or as a six-hour program with leveled badging. Contact help@jason.org to learn more information about these programs and micro-credentialing opportunities.

JASON’s Discovery Series

JASON’s Discovery Series

Discover JASON’s award-winning programs and resources built around real-world scientists engaged in real-world scientific problems and phenomena.

These workshops lead educators deeper into JASON content while equipping participants with tools, strategies, and methods for best practices in implementation.

Workshops raise teacher effectiveness and comfort levels around inquiry and three-dimensional teaching and learning strategies; technology integration; differentiated instruction; and blended learning techniques.

General Strategies

Supporting Student Discourse for Remote Learning

Supporting Student Discourse for Remote Learning

K-12, All Audiences

Student voice matters, especially now. This seminar explores strategies to support student discourse in remote or hybrid learning environments. Master new ways to elicit student ideas, support ongoing changes in student thinking, and facilitate classroom conversation in a remote setting

Building Virtual Classroom Culture & Norms K-12

Building Virtual Classroom Culture & Norms K-12

Explore strategies to build a classroom culture and connect to learners in a remote or hybrid environment. Trainers will guide discussions and learning experiences created to engage participants in planning norms and expectations for facilitating effective online communities. Educators will design their own remote classroom norms as an asynchronous component.

Entrepreneurial Challenges: Design & Pitch Challenges

Entrepreneurial Challenges: Design & Pitch Challenges

You have great ideas for how to make the world a better place. The Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM are your chance to start turning those ideas into a reality. In these Challenges, you will need to think like an entrepreneur as you create real solutions to messy STEM problems. You will need to use your knowledge and expertise in creative ways to invent new products that meet customers’ needs. You will need to be able to recognize when you need to learn something new about STEM, your customers, or the situation, and be willing to work to learn it. But entrepreneurship is not just about building great solutions. At the end of each Challenge, you will need to convince a panel of judges that your solution is worth funding in a process called “making a pitch.” Be clear and be convincing. The world needs your ideas and solutions!

Leveraging JASON for Remote Learning — Designing for the Hybrid Classroom

Leveraging JASON for Remote Learning — Designing for the Hybrid Classroom

Educators will explore guiding principles of effective remote lesson design taking into consideration student ability, student choice, equity, and accessibility. In the Academy Workshop, participants design a lesson for use in hybrid and remote learning models and earn a digital badge upon completion.

Making Problem-Based Learning Relevant to Current Events: Grades 4-12

Making Problem-Based Learning Relevant to Current Events: Grades 4-12

JASON offers a multitude of problem-based learning opportunities for students to connect with community and apply design thinking principles in a variety of STEM fields. Explore how to leverage JASON’s Field Assignments and Design & Pitch Series to engage students in meaningful, real-world challenges. We’ll highlight Operation Lifeline – where students design solutions to keeping critical medicines cold and delivering them in times of disaster – and relate this to current challenges parts of the world face with vaccine distribution during the COVID -19 pandemic.

Thirty on Thursday

Thirty on Thursday

Join us for 30 minutes each Thursday on a different JASON topic. STEM comes alive with problem-based and project-based learning in JASON. Students develop both soft and hard skills while connecting to real-world challenges and engaging in the process of designing solutions. Explore the differences between problem-based and project-based learning experiences, learn where to find these in JASON and how to leverage with students!

Hear from a JASON expert for the first 20 minutes to get quick tips, insights, and immediately actionable steps for leveraging JASON. Stay on for an additional 10 minutes of Q&A and discussion with opportunities to share.

Math-Problem Based Learning Challenges

Math - Problem Based Learning Challenges

Math Literacy Across the JASON Curriculum

Math Literacy Across the JASON Curriculum

Elementary

STEM Early Childhood

STEM Early Childhood

K-3

JASON Learning’s Early Childhood STEM program focuses on the characteristics of STEM learning, as well as the social-emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development of early learners. This program was developed in partnership with Dr. Juliana Texley, Past President of the National Science Teaching Association.

Living Wonders of the Sea

Living Wonders of the Sea

3-5, Life Science/Technology

Come along as we dive down into our Immersion Learning Adventure Series. Explore the living wonders of the sea and how technology has furthered our understanding of them. Lessons and resources further student understanding of the relationship between structure and function and the methods of famous explorers like Dr. Robert Ballard.

Exploring Inner-space

Exploring Inner-space

3-5, Life Science/Technology

Survey the technologies involved in exploring the ocean floor. Participants will simulate methods of ocean exploration including SONAR, photomosaics, and underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Let’s take a deep dive and explore!

Recycling Activities Collection & Contest

Recycling Activities Collection & Contest

K-12, Interdisciplinary/Environmental

The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON are excited to kick-off the annual recycling contest: Recycling is Essential! Learn more about how to get your students involved in this unique opportunity and explore ISRI-JASON’s Recycling Activities Collection. In this collection, students explore the benefits and challenges of sustainable recycling through a variety of activities ranging from physics and chemistry to engineering and human impacts, while becoming informed citizens and careful consumers. Educators will have opportunities to share ideas around implementation.

JASON for Elementary: Connecting STEM and Literacy

JASON for Elementary: Connecting STEM and Literacy

K-12, Reading/Literacy

Explore strategies and resources for integrating reading, writing, and math literacy through STEM. This session will address the challenges that face elementary teachers when it comes to including time for science instruction and highlight how JASON lessons promote literacy while engaging students more deeply in science ideas and concepts. Resources and methods can be easily incorporated into already existing routines, especially in remote and hybrid settings. This session highlights lessons from JASON’s Immersion Learning Adventure Series and Recycling Activities Collection.

Middle School

You Are the Next Space Explorer!

You Are the Next Space Explorer!

6-8, Earth Science/Social Studies

The Aldrin Family Foundation and JASON Learning partner to provide educators with exciting activities, articles, and videos that will connect students with the history, science, and future of space exploration.

STEM curriculum & seminar training options

STEM curriculum & seminar training options

K-8, General Science

Survey the collection of JASON Learning’s homemade tools that support STEM learning in the classroom and in the home. The materials needed to make the tools are as simple as are the instructions. Learn how students can use these tools to plan and carry out investigations.

Design Like an Entrepreneur

Design Like an Entrepreneur

4-12, General Science/CTE/Engineering

JASON’s Design & Pitch collection challenges students to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset when solving real-world problems and to develop their 21st century skills. Through “Flashy Fashion”, participants will sample parts of the Design & Pitch cycle while designing a customizable piece of clothing that harnesses the power of LED lighting, and then pitching it “Shark Tank” style.

Integrating with JASON's Life Science

Integrating with JASON's Life Science

6-12, Life Science

Looking to augment already existing units or perhaps looking for replacements? Join us for a basic overview of JASON’s life science curricula with Interdisciplinarity connections. These collections explore ecology, environmental science, and biology while connecting with engaging STEM role models in the field and career pathways. This session will include navigation, a sample activity to illustrate the multi-media approaches, time to explore collections,  and discussion and Q&A around implementation.

  • Life Science: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, & Dynamics
  • Life Science: Human Biology – Disease (Grades 6-12)

Integrating with JASON's Physical Science

Integrating with JASON's Physical Science

6-12, Physical Science

Looking to augment already existing units or perhaps looking for replacements? Join us for a basic overview of JASON’s physical science curricula with interdisciplinarity connections focussed on energy, forces and interactions, and measurement. These collections explore earth’s systems and processes and human activity and impact while connecting with engaging STEM role models in the field and career pathways. This session will include navigation, a sample activity to illustrate the multi-media approaches, time to explore collections, and discussion and Q&A around implementation.

  • Physical Science: Matter & Energy
  • Physical Science: Waves
  • Physical Science: Forces & Motion
  • Physical Science: Energy

In the Field — On and Offline with JASON

In the Field — On and Offline with JASON

4-12, General Science

Get students out “into the field”, whether on school grounds or in the backyard, by engaging in science and engineering practices, and developing 21st-century competencies. Get kids doing “real science” in remote or in-class settings and leverage the online environment for collaborating, sharing, and analyzing group data.

The Air We Breathe

The Air We Breathe

6-12, General Science

STEM role model Dr. Shadle studies the emissions of pollutants from coal plants around the world. By analyzing recent data, participants will generate questions about the effect of the COVID virus pandemic on these pollutants. How does a nation-wide lock down affect the quality of the air we breathe?

Cybersecurity — Don’t Get Hacked!

Cybersecurity — Don’t Get Hacked!

4-12, All audiences/CTE

Safety and security are critical areas that all students should be exploring to become digitally literate, especially now. What is cybersecurity? How can we stay safe in the cyber world? Learn more about the dangers of social engineering attacks, what they are, and how students can learn to spot and avoid them.

Frequency & Pitch: Up Close with Audacity

Frequency & Pitch: Up Close with Audacity

4-12, Physical Science

Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform audio software used in JASON’s World of Waves curriculum. Educators will learn to leverage this software with JASON’s lessons to help students explore patterns and relationships between frequency and pitch, and visualize parts of a wave. (Note: Audacity does not work on Chromebooks, but methods for creating assets on other devices using Audacity for use in a chromebook setting are addressed.)

Blast Off!

Blast Off!

6-12, Physical Science/Algebra connections

Discover how a simple film canister can be leveraged to support students’ understanding of the essential practices of science and engineering, as well as key algebra concepts and skills like lines of best fit to make predictions. This session highlights the interdisciplinary connections between math and science. Fuel up your rocket today — and get ready to Blast Off!

Climate: A Systems Model

Climate: A Systems Model

6-8, Earth Science

Understanding Climate Change requires that students have a conceptual working model of how climate works in general. Build a systems model of climate in this session, showing causal relationships between the components that impact climate, and predicting the impact of climate modifiers such as mountains and ocean currents on a region.

Recycling Activities Collection & Contest

Recycling Activities Collection

K-12, Environmental/Interdisciplinary

The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON are excited to kick-off the annual recycling contest: Recycling is Essential! Learn more about how to get your students involved in this unique opportunity and explore ISRI-JASON’s Recycling Activities Collection. In this collection, students explore the benefits and challenges of sustainable recycling through a variety of activities ranging from physics and chemistry to engineering and human impacts, while becoming informed citizens and careful consumers. Educators will have opportunities to share ideas around implementation.

Awakening the ‘M’ in STEM

Awakening the ‘M’ in STEM

6-12, Physical Science/Math

Discover new opportunities for students to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and engage in math practices through JASON’s interdisciplinary curricula. Explore how the “M” in STEM (math) is integrated into JASON’s STEM curricula. Whether you are a STEM teacher or a Math teacher, this session will show you how to inspire students to use math in school and life.

An Amusing Approach to Algebra

An Amusing Approach to Algebra

6-12, Math

Algebra is a difficult subject for which to provide contextual experiences for students. This can make it difficult for students to understand. Explore the context-based experiences provided by ARGO Integrated Algebra, including a quest designed around planning and proposing an amusement park to investors.

ARGOMath — Geometry: Grades 6-8

ARGOMath — Geometry

6-8, Math

Become a student and jump into some context-based activities provided in the ARGO Geometry curriculum. Use slope-intercept form to describe the path of a running back. Create a formula to determine the cost of a flooring job. Use the context of building a Tiny House to teach the skills of perimeter, area, and volume.

ARGOMath — Algebra: Grades 6-8

ARGOMath — Algebra

6-8, Math

 In this learning experience, you will explore how linear relationships—expressions, equations, and inequalities—are used to solve exciting and important real-world challenges, from designing an amusement park to developing a business plan. So, be creative and get entrepreneurial with your mathematics!

High School

Internet for All

Internet for All

9-12, Science, Math, CTE

Rural communities are developing and implementing plans to provide broadband internet access to ALL citizens. Learn the science behind broadband access, leverage math skills to identify community needs and equip your students to develop and implement a plan to support first-time users. (This curriculum is part of a public/private collaboration between Doddridge County Schools in W.V., Citynet and JASON Learning.)

Integrating with JASON’s Life Science

Integrating with JASON’s Life Science

6-12, Life Science

Looking to augment already existing units or perhaps looking for replacements? Join us for a basic overview of JASON’s life science curricula with Interdisciplinarity connections. These collections explore ecology, environmental science, and biology while connecting with engaging STEM role models in the field and career pathways. This session will include navigation, a sample activity to illustrate the multi-media approaches, time to explore collections,  and discussion and Q&A around implementation.

  • Life Science: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, & Dynamics
  • Life Science: Human Biology – Disease (Grades 6-12)

Integrating with JASON’s Physical Science

Integrating with JASON’s Physical Science

6-12, Physical Science

Looking to augment already existing units or perhaps looking for replacements? Join us for a basic overview of JASON’s physical science curricula with interdisciplinarity connections focussed on energy, forces and interactions, and measurement. These collections explore earth’s systems and processes and human activity and impact while connecting with engaging STEM role models in the field and career pathways. This session will include navigation, a sample activity to illustrate the multi-media approaches, time to explore collections, and discussion and Q&A around implementation.

  • Physical Science: Matter & Energy
  • Physical Science: Waves
  • Physical Science: Forces & Motion
  • Physical Science: Energy

Universal Constants: Grades 9-12

Universal Constants: Grades 9-12

9-12, Physical Science/Math Connections

Did you know our definition of the kilogram has changed? Big changes in the way we define the units that make up the International System of Units (SI) are helping answer questions about the smallest and largest phenomena in the universe. In JASON Learning’s new curriculum, participants will say goodbye to the last artifact, the kilogram, and hello to the exciting field of metrology.

ARGOMath — Geometry: Grades 9-12

ARGOMath — Geometry

9-12, Math

Become a student and jump into some context-based activities provided in the ARGO Geometry curriculum. Use slope-intercept form to describe the path of a running back. Create a formula to determine the cost of a flooring job. Use the context of building a Tiny House to teach the skills of perimeter, area, and volume.

ARGOMath — Algebra: Grades 9-12

ARGOMath — Algebra

9-12, Math

In this learning experience, you will explore how linear relationships—expressions, equations, and inequalities—are used to solve exciting and important real-world challenges, from designing an amusement park to developing a business plan. So, be creative and get entrepreneurial with your mathematics!

Recycling Activities Collection & Contest

Recycling Activities Collection & Contest

K-12, Interdisciplinary/Environmental

The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON are excited to kick-off the annual recycling contest: Recycling is Essential! Learn more about how to get your students involved in this unique opportunity and explore ISRI-JASON’s Recycling Activities Collection. In this collection, students explore the benefits and challenges of sustainable recycling through a variety of activities ranging from physics and chemistry to engineering and human impacts, while becoming informed citizens and careful consumers. Educators will have opportunities to share ideas around implementation.

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