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Workshops

Mathematics

 

T.E.A.M.S. that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Mathematics;
“Teaching Engaging Academics and Motivating for Success” (T.E.A.M.S.) is a three-day professional development series that applies the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to content specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) instruction and classroom design. The series will be presented by a Region 4 collaborative triad whose expertise includes classroom management, access to the general curriculum, and mathematics. Participants will be provided with effective research-based skills and strategies which address diverse learners’ access to the general curriculum.  Knowledge and skills learned will support student achievement impacting STAAR™ success.

 

STAAR® Review Make and Take: Grade 6 Math

February 17, 2017

Experience classroom-ready instructional activities designed to increase the performance of students on the STAAR® grade 6 mathematics assessment. Interactive activities are designed to help students strengthen conceptual and procedural understanding. Participants will receive materials and time to “make and take” the activities used in the session.  DETAILS

 

 

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Reading/Writing

 

Short Answer Response Success for Secondary Students

This professional development session will focus on knowledge of text complexity that will result in improved success on short answer response questions. Teachers will be presented with instructional practices and resources that go beyond surface comprehension; instructional resources and practices provided will support students as they make discerning connections across text and support the validity of ideas with appropriate text evidence. Text of various genres, as well as both single and connecting selections, will be presented in activities that can be used the very next day!

 

Using Cognitive Skills, such as Making an Inference and Predictions, to Increase Comprehension Grades 3-5

September 14, 2016

Making inferences and predictions lead students to think deeply about texts and is foundational for reading comprehension. Explore ways to ask effective questions to deepen student understanding and learn teacher-friendly scaffolds to explicitly teach students to make inferences and monitor and adjust comprehension to process text. Session and material costs are funded by a state grant.  DETAILS

 

Using Cognitive Skills, such as Making an Inference and Predictions, to Increase Comprehension Grades K-2

September 21, 2016

Making Inferences and predictions lead students to think deeply about texts and is foundational for reading comprehension. Explore ways to ask effective questions to deepen student understanding and learn teacher-friendly scaffolds to explicitly teach students to make inferences and monitor and adjust comprehension to process text. Using text samples, participants will also plan demonstration lessons to use at their campuses. This session is designed for primary teachers. Session and material costs are funded by a grant.  DETAILS

 

Everyday Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension for Secondary Students

This professional development session will provide either novice or experienced teachers with fresh instructional suggestions and ideas that can be easily embedded in everyday instruction to enhance reading comprehension with the existing curriculum. The engaging activities provided in this session will help students focus on reading comprehension with more strategy and intentionality. The high yield activities can be immediately implemented!

 

Supporting and Nurturing Young Writers (Pre-K )

September 29, 2016
How do we support and nurture our young writers? How do we teach young children the aspects of good writing through their illustrations? Come learn about the stages of writing and how to help students grow as writers. Learn how to begin aspects of the writing process as early as Pre-K as well as various ways to reinforce writing in workstations/centers.  DETAILS
 
 

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science

 

Building Academic Vocabulary in Elementary Science, Grades K-2

October 12, 2016
Are your students struggling with academic vocabulary in science? Engage in hands-on strategies to enhance instruction which will assist students in building science academic vocabulary using interactive folding models. Create interactive folding models and discuss applications and immediate implementation.  DETAILS

 

Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science

Explore differentiated lessons that address Readiness Standards for STAAR Science Grade 5. Each 5E lesson includes intervention strategies and ELPS-based support to make science content accessible to all learners. The registration fee includes a copy of Supporting STAAR Achievement in Science for the corresponding grade level. 

 

STAAR Review To Go: Creating Portable Science Activities

Explore portable science activities to review science concepts assessed on STAAR. Participants will receive materials to make portable activities used in the session and a copy of Science STAAR Review to Go.

 

Guiding STAAR Biology: A Focus on Labs - Second Semester Labs

November 2, 2016

There is no substitute for lab experiences in biology. Participate in hands-on lab investigations designed at the rigor of STAAR. Teachers will return to their classrooms with engaging biology labs with real world connections. Deepen student understanding with opportunities to use tools to collect data, engage in scientific reasoning, make detailed drawings, collaborate, and analyze results. Experience lab management strategies to promote respectful, responsible, and safe behavior in lab. This 6-hour training focusing on labs will include a minimum of three labs.  DETAILS

 

 

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Social Studies

 

Get the Sage Off the Stage: Improving Student Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom

September 20, 2016

Insanity by Albert Einstein's definition is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sometimes the smallest changes can make a big difference. Experience engaging, student-centered strategies, such as historical dilemmas, structured discussion, and effective use of multimedia, that promote a high level of participation. Learn strategies and classroom management tools to amplify the relevancy of social studies through stimulating activities that will help get the sage, the teacher, off the stage.  DETAILS

 

5 Es over America: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 8

September 21, 2016

Examine an instructional resource to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for grade 8 American History. 5 Es over America uses a student-centered instructional model for the American History classroom, as well as research-based strategies that facilitate the development of analytical thinking skills. Participants will receive the Region 4 publication 5 Es over America: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 8.  DETAILS

 

Sheltered Instruction Techniques and Strategies in Social Studies

Sheltered instruction is a means of making content comprehensible to ELLs.  Learn how to use social studies content to enhance understanding of the components of sheltered instruction by strengthening the writing of content and language objectives, and developing a tool box of content-specific strategies that address lesson planning, comprehensible input, building background knowledge, and interaction in the social studies classroom.

 

T.E.A.M.S. that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Social Studies - Secondary
October 5, 2016 
(4-Day session)

“Teaching Engaging Academics and Motivating for Success” (T.E.A.M.S.) is a three-day professional development series that applies the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to content specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) instruction and classroom design. The series will be presented by a Region 4 collaborative triad whose expertise includes classroom management, access to the general curriculum, and social studies. Participants will be provided with effective research-based skills and strategies which address diverse learners’ access to the general curriculum. Knowledge and skills learned will support student achievement impacting STAAR™ success.  DETAILS

 
 
 
Visit the department workshops page for more Social Studies sessions.

 

 

 


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