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Science Workshops

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 science@esc4.net

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 


 

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Visual Literacy in Science
June 21, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
 

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.

 


 

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Start Strong in Science Symposium
July 18, 2022 |  8:15 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
 

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.

 


 

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Leading Science: How to Develop Instructional Alignment
July 21, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. (Face-to-Face Session)
 

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.

 

 


 

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K-12 State-wide STEM Leadership Training
July 25–26, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day Face-to-Face Session)
 
The Texas Education Agency is rolling out a two-day immersive state-wide professional development to prepare campus administrators and STEM leaders to shape, support, and sustain STEM initiatives within their district or campus.
 
Participants will learn by doing, engaging directly in the instructional approaches most critical to the STEM endeavor: project-based learning, design-based challenges, and computational thinking. Working backwards from a model vision for STEM education, the session culminates with leaders collaboratively planning for real-life implementation of STEM programming. Learn more and register here.
 

 

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K-12 State-wide STEM Teacher Training
July 27–28, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day Face-to-Face Session)
 
The Texas Education Agency is rolling out a state-wide professional development to prepare teachers for successful implementation of STEM instruction in their classrooms by immersing them directly in the role of STEM learner, engaging first-hand in high impact STEM practices such as project-based learning, design-based challenges, and computational thinking.
 
To better understand the role STEM plays in education, educators will make connections between the Texas STEM framework, STEM fluency skills, and contemporary workforce demands. Most importantly, educators will begin the work of embedding these STEM strategies into what matters most - their daily work with students. Learn more and register here.

 

 


 

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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.

 

 


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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.

 


 

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STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades 6-8
June 21-22, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day Face-to-Face Session)
 
Explore ways to implement TEKS-aligned design challenges in a middle school science classroom. Experience using the engineering design process to address design challenges that support student growth and success in the classroom and beyond.
 
Participants will receive a copy of STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades 6-8 as well as a license for digital access. Learn more and register here.
 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 


 

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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 science@esc4.net.

 

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