We are excited to announce our professional development offerings! Click the titles to find a description and registration information. For more information about any of these workshops, e-mail us at email@example.com.
A Roadmap to Rigorous Assessments in Science (Two-day)
June 7–8, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day In-Person Session)
Learn how to create quality assessments that align to the rigor of the science TEKS. Discover components of high quality assessments, including blueprint development, test format, and assessment reliability and validity. Examine characteristics of high quality assessment items, including effective question stems and distractors. On Day 2, participants will apply new knowledge and skills to review, revise, and create assessment items. Learn more and register here.
Break Out! Creating Escape Games for the Science Classroom
June 20, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
Have you ever visited an escape room? A good escape room challenges participants to think creatively and critically while working together to decode clues and solve puzzles within a time limit. Learn how to bring the excitement of an escape game to your classroom! Challenge students to apply what they have learned and support the development of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Attendees will participate in both physical and virtual science escape games and learn how to plan and manage their own classroom “breakout” activities. Learn more and register here.
Did you know that an average of 70% of the items on STAAR require students to analyze graphics? Discover ways to support students as they navigate the world of charts, graphs, maps and infographics in science. Participants will analyze different types of graphics, including examples from STAAR released items, and implement strategies to guide all types of learners through the process of representing data in multiple ways. Provide your students with tools to solve problems, dissect unfamiliar information, and think like a scientist. Learn more and register here.
Join us for a one-day, back-to-school symposium, featuring ready-to-use, high yield instructional strategies to help you start the school year renewed and strong. The symposium will feature 5 one-hour motivating sessions that will include STEM, ELs, vocabulary, classroom management, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learn more and register here.
Learn how to harness the power of your department or grade band by leading and coaching instructional alignment conversations that will benefit students long term. Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of horizontal and vertical alignment, facilitating prompts and processes, as well as creating a shared vision for science instruction. Participants will be able to immediately implement these strategies into their next curriculum development or PLC meetings. Learn more and register here.
STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades K-5
June 16-17, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day Face-to-Face Session)
Explore ways to implement TEKS-aligned design challenges in your science classroom. Experience using the engineering design process to address design challenges in order to support student growth and success in your classroom and beyond. Participants will receive one printed copy and digital access to either STEMulating Design Challenges in Science for Grades K-2 or STEMulating Design Challenges in Science for Grades 3-5. Learn more and register here.
Supporting Struggling Learners in Middle School Science
June 9, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
Middle schoolers have a short attention span but are intensely curious. They may be logical one minute and emotional the next. Experience and learn strategies to reach even the most resistant middle school learner with proven practices to remove barriers and make science accessible to all. Practice using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to adjust and improve lessons to make science engaging, real, and relevant not just for today but for the future. Incorporate the English Language Learning Proficiencies (ELPS) seamlessly to support kids who are learning science content as well as English. It’s all about the experience, so make it a great one. Learn more and register here.
STAAR Review to Go for Science Grade 8 (Volumes 1 and 2)
July 14, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
Explore portable science activities to review science concepts assessed on STAAR Science Grade 8. Participants will receive materials to create a set of review activities used in the session, one copy each of STAAR Review to Go for Science Grade 8, Volumes 1 and 2, and a license for digital access to each book. Learn more and register here.
Developing Scientific Explanations in Secondary Science
June 16, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
Discover instructional strategies to support science literacy and meaningful discourse in secondary science classes. Explore a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) task to develop and write scientific explanations, and communicate and evaluate scientific explanations during rebuttal (argumentation). Learn how to develop your own CER tasks. Learn more and register here.
Increasing Inquiry in Secondary Science
July 26, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
Experience an approach to learning science that provides opportunities to explore the natural world in a way that allows students to ask questions and discover new understandings. Participants will examine levels of scientific inquiry, as well as ways to transition from traditional science instruction to inquiry-based learning. Learn more and register here.
Online Course Learning
Interested in taking Region 4 Science courses when it's most convenient for YOU? We offer several online courses that can be taken over 30 days, at your own pace. Earn as many as 6 CPE from the comfort of your computer! For more information, follow the links below. For more information about these sessions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.