Professional Development Opportunities

Science Teachers

These professional development opportunities are aligned with the Danielson Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument

STEM for the Next Generation

Dates: Sept. 16—October, November, January, February, March dates TBA
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers
Cost: $75
PD Hours: 36 hours including technology
Limited to 24 people

The Next Generation Science Standards require teachers to incorporate instructional methods that lie outside many teachers’ comfort zones. The new set of standards contains “performance expectations” which mean that students must “do” science instead of simply sitting and hearing or reading about science facts. The primary instructional focus for the institute will be the Disciplinary Core Idea, Earth’s Place in the Universe, MS-ESS1. These performance standards require students to develop models to investigate patterns in the Earth-sun-moon system, explore the effects of gravity between heavenly bodies, and construct explanations of the Earth’s geological history. Lessons will be crafted so that the teachers will understand how to use rich text to teach content, use technology in student investigations, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions from evidence. Teachers will receive a copy of the GEMS guide, “The Invisible Universe” which teaches the electromagnetic spectrum and waves, copies of the Delta Science non-fiction book “Earth, Moon and Sun” an excellent instructional book from NSTA, “Doing Good Science in Middle School”, and materials for engineering projects. This six-day institute is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium at UALR.

TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1e--Designing Coherent Instruction
1d--Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
3b--Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c--Engaging Students in Learning
3d--Using Assessment in Instruction
4d—Participating in a Professional Community

Registration 

 

3rd - 5th grade STEM Institute

Dates: Sept. 24th. Dates in October, November, January, February, and March TBA
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: 3-5
Cost: $150 (Henderson Partners in Education receive 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 36 hours of professional development including 6 hours of Technology
Limited to 24 people

This professional development is partially funded by a grant from the Clark County Strategic Plan Foundation.

What does STEM focused instruction look like in the elementary classroom?
STEM focused instruction equips students to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers who are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.

The STEM Center at Henderson State University is hosting a professional development series for educators of grades 3-5 who are interested in developing STEM focused instructional strategies. The resources and strategies demonstrated in this series will encourage students to explore technology and engineering solutions and appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real life issues and solve problems or challenges. The STEM Institute is also designed to help prepare elementary teachers for the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards in 2016 for grades K-4 and 2017 for grades 5-8.

TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
1f: Designing Student Assessments
2b: Establishing a Culture for Learning
3a: Communicating with Students
3b: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c: Engaging Students in Learning
3d: Using Assessment in Instruction
3c: Engaging Students in Learning
3d: Using Assessment in Instruction

Registration 

Integrating NGSS Practices in Biology and Literacy Connections   

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First session will be held on September 30, 2014 on the HSU campus

Future session dates in October, November, January, February and March TBA

Time: 8:30 to 3:30

Grade Level:  All Biology teachers

Cost: $395.00 for 6 sessions

Henderson Partners in Education receive a 10% discount

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 Using Science Skills to Reinforce Primary Literacy

Dates: October 6, November 3, January 12
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers
Cost: $195 (Henderson Partner in Education schools receive a 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 18 hours including technology
Limited to 24 people

This three-day professional development will give Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers the opportunity to learn how to use science lessons to reinforce their guided reading time and teach essential skills needed for the future. Emphasis will be placed on using the experiences gleaned during science explorations as a springboard for reading and writing and implementing the science and engineering practices that is one of the dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The information that teachers receive in these sessions will assist them in the 2016 implementation of the NGSS in grades K-4.

Participants will receive lessons integrating science and literacy and selected trade books for the science concepts presented. Lessons are a blend of the Arkansas State Science Frameworks and the performance expectations in the NGSS.

TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1e--Designing Coherent Instruction
1d--Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
3b--Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c--Engaging Students in Learning
3d--Using Assessment in Instruction

Registration

 

Technology for All Classroom Teachers

Dates: November 12, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: All grade level teachers
Cost: $65 (Henderson Partner in Education schools receive a 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 6 hours including technology
Limited to 24 people

Let’s face it…Technology won’t replace teachers…but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who do NOT. The specialists at The STEM Center at Henderson State University have researched and tested the latest technologies designed to help teachers and students communicate, collaborate, and investigate. This series has been designed to give teachers time to experiment with new technology resources available to them that they can begin using in the classroom right away.

Day 1: Google Apps for Education: Explore how to use a wide array of free apps from Google designed to maximize instructional time and enhance student learning. We will explore the new Google Classroom app just launched in Sept. 2014, as well as Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Calendar. Participants will learn how to make the most of these resources for planning and delivering instruction, assessment, and classroom management.

Day 2: Technology for Research and Formative Assessment: Participants will learn how to use resources like LiveBinders and SymbalooEDU to organize instructional resources electronically and share them with students. Tools for formative assessment such as Socrative, Infuse Learning, Plickers, and Google Forms will be demonstrated.

Day 3: Technology Tools for Investigation and Data Analysis: Learn how to use free interactive resources that allow students to conduct investigations and collect data for analysis. Resources from the Concord Consortium will be explored. Teachers will learn how to utilize technology equipment available for checkout from the STEM Center including LabQuest and TI-84 Explorations with Calculator Based Rangers.

TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
1f: Designing Student Assessments
2b: Establishing a Culture for Learning
2c: Managing Classroom Procedures
3a: Communicating with Students
3c: Engaging Students in Learning
3d: Using Assessment in Instruction

Registration 

Common Core + PARCC+TI- SmartView=Success 

Dates:  October 30, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch provided)
Grade Levels:  High School
Cost:  $225
6 hours of technology
Limited to 20 participants
Snack provided
Participants will receive a license for TI-SmartView 

In this workshop, we will explore how to help your students get ready for the PARCC Assessment by using the Practice Test from the PARCC website and see how the TI-SmartView plays an important role in this assessment.  See how TI solutions, lesson plans, and activities can assist instruction of the Mathematical Practices along with receiving a TI-SmartView license.  The PARCC vision is to build a K-12 assessment system that: builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students, creates high quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,  supports educators in the classroom, makes better use of technology in assessments, and advances accountability at all levels. 

For registration, please e-mail mcdanic@hsu.edu

Cooperative Learning Techniques in Mathematics

Date:  November 11, 2014
Time:  8:30-3:30 (lunch on your own)
Grade Levels: 8-12
Cost:  $100.00 (includes cost of resource materials)
6 hours of professional development
Limited to 20 people
Snacks and Beverages will be provided

Do you go home feeling exhausted from teaching all day and realize that you’ve done all the work with your students for the day?  Let’s work smarter, not harder!  Cooperative learning lessons can easily and effectively be implemented into your teaching repertoire.   In many workplaces today, employees work in teams to solve problems and develop strategies for success.   This is why it is so important to prepare our students with ways to develop a wider variety of social skills and lower students’ anxiety levels to help them work with others in solving problems.  Cooperative learning activities produce greater achievement results because they create more opportunities for peer tutoring and for learners to take ownership in their own learnings.   This workshop will provide the resource Cooperative Learning & Mathematics which includes black line masters for 7 different structural approaches to help teachers overcome misconceptions they may have about Cooperative Learning activities.   The activities used in this workshop will also help with the integration of the 8 mathematical practices students will be using in the Common Core State Standards.  

The contents of this professional development pertain to the following domains from Danielson’s Framework for Teaching:
1d—Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e—Designing Coherent Instruction
3b—Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c—Engaging Students in Learning
3d—Using Assessment in Instruction
4d—Participating in a Professional Community

For registration, please e-mail mcdanic@hsu.edu

Engaging in the Common Core State Standards using the Navigations Series

In this workshop, we will see how the fundamental ideas of algebra, geometry and measurement can be introduced, developed, and extended.  All activities have the same format which includes “Engage,” Explore,” and “Extend.”  The algebra series features activities with questions that stimulate students to think more deeply about the mathematical ideas.  The geometry session deals with two- and three-dimensional shapes and introduces methods to describe location and position.  In the Measurement series, we will learn how to introduce your students to the basic ideas of comparing and ordering lengths, weights, time, and capacities.  All of these activities will also engage your students in the Standards for Mathematical Practices. 

Choose which workshop(s) you want to attend:

Cost: $100 per day (You may choose as many as you want to attend).  $250 for all 3 days. 

Navigating through Algebra                           January 22, 2015

Navigating through Geometry                        February 19, 2015

Navigating through Measurement                 March 19, 2015

For each workshop:

Time: 8:30-3:30
Grade Levels:  K-2
6 hours of professional development/workshop
Limited to 20 participants
Snack provided

To register, please e-mail mcdanic@hsu.edu

 
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