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

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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: $350 (Henderson Partners in Education receive 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 36 hours of professional development including 6 hours of Technology
Limited to 24 people

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

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Using STEM Center Resources for Unit Design in Mathematics


Dates: September 25, October 23 and December 4
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: 7-8, Algebra and Geometry
Cost: $195 (Henderson Partners in Education schools receive a 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 18 hours of professional development
Limited to 24 people

Discover the great resources that The STEM Center at Henderson State University has to offer math teachers! Designing units is very difficult without knowing what resources are available to help you. The best lesson plans are planned with clear course and unit goals in mind. Effective lessons carefully sequence the learning events for optimal engagement and effectiveness—and such a sequence is typically different from the layout of the textbook. Our resources make designing units easier!!! We will be engaging in resources that are on the primary resource list for the state of Arkansas. We will experience tasks by working through them and discussing how these tasks from our resources fit in your lesson design. All resources will be available for check out!!!

TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1c: Setting Instructional Outcomes
1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
1f: Designing Student Assessments
3a: Communicating with Students
3b: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques

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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

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Technology for All Classroom Teachers

Dates: October 15, November 12, 2014 and January 14, 2015
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: All grade level teachers
Cost: $195 (Henderson Partner in Education schools receive a 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 18 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

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Solving Real-life Problems with the Common Core State Standards and the TI-84


Dates: October 28, 2014, November 25, 2014, and January 21, 2015
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch and snacks provided)
Grade Levels: 7-12
Cost: $195 (Henderson Partners in Education receive 10% discount)*
PD Hours: 18 hours of professional development including technology
Limited to 24 participants

Looking for ideas to make the Common Core State Standards come alive? Then this workshop is for you. We will look at tasks that can be exercised with the aid of the TI-84 calculator and Calculator Based Ranger (CBR). We will draw informal comparative inferences about two populations; investigate chance process and develop, use and evaluate probability models; understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations; construct linear, quadratic and exponential models; and understand and apply the Pythagorean theorem to mention a few. Through the use of graphing technology, we will explore strategies that can help students “see” mathematics and make connections for deeper conceptual understanding. We will learn how to navigate through the app as well as construct interactive student-centered activities for all 7-12 mathematics courses and relate them to the CCSSM. This course is designed for beginning TI-83/84 calculators.


TESS Domains addressed in this professional development series include:
1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
1f: Designing Student Assessments
3a: Communicating with Students
3b: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques

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