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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region 4 is going virtual this summer to keep everyone safe and socially distanced. We'll be providing professional development via Zoom. Presenters will email participants with a link to join the session prior to the training session.
Break Out! Creating Digital Escape Games (Online)
Grade Levels: Grades 3-12
A good escape room challenges players to think critically and creatively while working together to solve puzzles within a time limit. Learn how to use free online tools to create digital escape games that challenge students to apply what they have learned and support the development of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this technology-based session!
Bring Student Achievement to Life! Using Formative Assessment for Student Success in Biology
Grade Levels: Biology
“Does everyone understand?” Venture beyond blanket questions and explore a fertile field of formative assessment and debrief strategies that can reveal student thinking in biology. Engage in well-planned formative assessments that diagnose and monitor student understanding to foster the growth and development of student achievement on the STAAR Biology EOC Exam. Examine the characteristics of effective, differentiated formative assessment and leave with classroom-ready examples. Learn more and register here.
Implementing Virtual Science Investigations (Online)
Grade Levels: K-12
How can we provide opportunities for students to engage in science practices in a remote environment or in a socially-distanced classroom? Participate in a virtual science investigation, and explore different formats, tools, and resources that can be used to implement virtual science investigations with students.
The Power of Language Objectives: Getting Our English Learners to Read, Write, Listen and Speak in the Secondary Science Classroom
4-Part Virtual Workshop, beginning October 8, 2020
Grade Levels: Secondary
Engage your English Learners with purposefully planned language objectives that ensure everyone is listening, writing, reading, and speaking. Learn how to identify and craft language objectives that maximize content comprehension. Explore instructional strategies and techniques that help ELs at all proficiency levels build and express their conceptual understanding while supporting academic language development for all students. Participants will walk away with newly acquired strategies on how to effectively develop and support new language contained within a science lesson.
Change Management in Science (Online)
Grade Levels: Science Leadership and Instructional Coaches
Participants will learn research-based, strategic approaches in planning for leading and supporting staff when change is necessary and difficult. Science leaders that lead new initiatives, begin new programs or simply change current thinking will experience specific change management strategies that can be immediately implemented. Learn more and register here.
For more information, watch this overview video from the presenting specialist, Jennifer Wellman!
Developing Scientific Explanations in Secondary Science (Online)
Grade Levels: Secondary
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.
Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: Supporting Language Development in Science
Grade Levels: Secondary
Experience research-based content strategies designed to support a language rich environment in the science classroom. Join us as we build a tool box of linguistic accommodations that will help ELs at all proficiency levels understand science concepts while supporting academic language development for all students. Explored strategies will further enable participants to effectively facilitate inquiry science, motivate students, enhance the overall classroom climate and can easily be implemented the next day! Learn more and register here.
STAAR Review to Go for Biology (Volumes 1 and 2) Online
October 21, 2020
Explore portable science activities to review science concepts assessed on STAAR Biology. Participants will receive materials to create a set of review activities used in the session; one copy each of STAAR Review to Go Biology, Volumes 1 and 2; and one license for digital access to each book. Learn more and register here.
Support Your Students with Supplemental Aids (Online)
Grade Levels: Science and Mathematics, Grades 3-12
Allowable memory retrieval supports, such as graphic organizers and mnemonic devices, can make all the difference on STAAR for eligible students. Effective use of these supplemental aids requires collaboration among special programs, assessment, and content area representatives. Create supplemental synergy in your district or campus with this practical and collaborative session that helps answer the following questions about supplemental aids: Who’s eligible? What’s allowable? When and how do you monitor them? Where can you use them in a lesson? Why are they an essential assessment tool for eligible students? Structured practice and peer feedback will build capacity and help to achieve a cohesive plan for the use of supplemental aids. Teachers will take away their own examples of faded supports and leaders will leave with an implementation and communication plan starter kit! Learn more and register here.
Integrating Instructional Technology in Science
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Developed by Content-Area Experts with Classroom Experience
Region 4 education specialists draw upon extensive research and experience as teachers and campus leaders to provide teacher friendly and student-focused solutions for real classroom settings.
Embodied by Research-Based Methodologies and Practices
Region 4 instructional resources are rooted in research-based methods that yield student success. Region 4 resources foster opportunities for students to actively participate in learning and integrate knowledge into real-world understanding.
Driven by Needs from Educators
Content-specific leadership networks, customer surveys, and open communication with educators provide Region 4 with essential feedback to develop instructional solutions that address specific educator needs.
Aligned to State Standards
Region 4 instructional resources are aligned to state standards such as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®).
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