Active Science Learning 

Professional Development and Support for Hands-on Science 

Charlie was elected "4-H Science Educator of the Year 2014" by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents

"Charlie is the most skilled trainer I have collaborated with for afterschool science. His teaching and professional development efforts have had a significant impact on thousands of trainers, afterschool staff and youth in New Jersey and beyond."

   - Chad Ripberger.

Rutgers University, Trenton, NJ

Teacher Coaching for Inquiry in the Classroom:                 

Charlie Hutchison meets with individual classroom teachers or department teams to plan and implement standards-based science curriculum units in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. orkshops for formal and informal science educators are interactive, engaging, informative and fun. Each workshop explores a single science or engineering topic in depth -- allowing time for the teachers to immerse themselves in the challenges and explorations as learners before switching to consideration of practical implementation and assessment issues. ASL workshop facilitation is grounded is principles of youth development and research on student engagement and learning in science. Workshop content can be aligned with national or state standards and focuses strongly on integrating the science practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] into all formal and informal project-based STEM learning.

We recommend a series of 4 - 6 workshops over the course of a school year -- each one introducing a new science or engineering project that is then implemented with students. Your educators will become familiar with a wide range of project content, and will form a community of practice to build understanding and skill at integrating the NGSS science practices into all your STEM instruction and projects.

Professional Development Institutes:              

Active Science Learning PD institutes provide the opportunity for intensive study and practice on the pedagogy, best practices and logistics of active science programming in school and afterschool settings. Over one or more full days of training, ASL Institutes present several hands-on science workshops on a range of STEM content, building understanding and mastery of facilitation practices appropriate to project-based, practice-based science teaching and learning

Coaching and Consultation:                                                   

During observation, planning and coaching sessions, ASL can help your staff build their understanding and use of best practices for leading and teaching project-based practice-based science. We can help your school, department or agency set program goals and use well tested assessment and evaluation tools to measure program rigor and assess progress towards your goals for both teachers and students.