Always vital for success in science, engineering, and medicine, technical communication has now come into K-12 science classrooms with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Participants in this workshop learn how to explain usability and text-design techniques to their students, then apply these techniques to improve the effectiveness of lab instructions, technical descriptions, note taking, project abstracts, and science posters. A $20.00 registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I prepares teachers to build the technical-writing skills of their science students by:

strategically summarizing the impact on science class of the Common Core's stress on real-world nonfiction writing,
spelling out the six technical communication themes that CCSS applies to all grade levels, and
introducing research-based resources and practicing specific techniques to turn the writing activities that occur already in most science classes into opportunities to meet CCSS learning goals.

Workshop Schedule
First day: Strategy and plans Second day: Tactics and hands-on practice
9 a.m. The CCSS big picture.
How usability research and text engineering explain the CCSS approach to nonfiction literacy.
9 a.m. Drafting lab instructions.
10 a.m. Six implementation themes.
Six ways to connect your students to the real-world communication problems of scientists and engineers.
10 a.m. Revising technical descriptions.
11 a.m. Taking effective lab, field, and reading notes.
Noon. Lunch provided. Noon. Lunch provided.
1 p.m. Six implementation themes continued. 1 p.m. Designing project abstracts.
2 p.m. Cognitive apprenticeship for building technical-communication skills. 2 p.m. Crafting helpful science posters.

For more details, see the topic summary online.