Science and Engineering Practices in Action (SEPA)

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Science and Engineering Practices in Action (SEPA)

A science professional development workshop like no other

Hamline University, funded through the Math/Science Partnership grant, has developed a comprehensive, interactive set of online professional development modules for use in science methods classes and by K-12 teachers of science throughout Minnesota. 

The workshop consists of six modules.

These online modules are designed to be "self-facilitating," i.e., they require minimal preparation and are organized to guide a group of science teachers through a series of activities and discussions. Each session in each module ends with a quick evaluation of that session. 

Each module is designed for groups of science teachers, e.g., professional learning communities (PLC) or curriculum teams (CT), at any grade level or mixed grade levels, to review and discuss a single practice in a series of 20-30 minute sessions totaling about 10 hours of professional development per module. These modules provide a convenient, self-placed, teacher-focused set of professional development "workshops" in science practices and science teaching.

The focus is on experiencing, discussing and enriching our teaching of the practices. The overall goal for the K-12 teachers of science that engage in these modules is to raise awareness of the importance of the practices in science teaching and provide strategies for teaching science and engineering practices more directly and more often.

Each online module contains:

All of the modules in this course are designed for group interaction and discussion. It is strongly encouraged that you experience these modules with others. However, if distance and time make it impossible to gather with other science teachers, try to find at least one teaching colleague in another building or district to experience these modules with you. If you cannot meet face-to-face, plan to have email or phone conversations for reflection and discussion as you move through the modules in this course.

Enroll in SEPA

Questions? Contact your district’s Science Teaching and Learning Specialist, or Lee Schmitt at 

Funded through the federal Math/Science Partnership grant program, Title II, Part B, administered by the Minnesota Dept. of Education.