Professional Development Opportunities

Science Teachers

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

Science PD Opportunities

 Reading, Writing and Science—Happy Together Ever After 

Dates: June 4 and 5
Time: 8:30-3:30
Cost: $130.00
Grade Level: 3-5
Professional development hours: 12
**Limited to 20 people**
***Registration deadline is May 20th***

Across content areas, reading, writing, and research sit at the heart of Common Core State Standards. With the emphasis on teaching with more non-fiction books, integrating your science and literacy is a great fit! Students naturally love science topics which are traditionally taught with non-fiction texts. This two-day institute will introduce teachers to texts which are perfect to use with both literacy and science instructional time. These texts will give students the science background needed to understand the concepts taught at these grade levels. Teachers will learn how to incorporate reading and writing into their science lessons through the use of non-fiction texts, literacy strategies, and science notebooks. Ideas for hands-on learning tasks in science will also accompany these components of the institute. Join us for an informative and fun-filled time!

Please bring your own device if available. We will not provide iPads for the workshop. We strongly recommend that you update all apps before attending the workshop. A list of recommended apps will be emailed to you in advance of the workshop. We also recommend that you bring a laptop computer with wireless capability. WiFi will be available.

We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch will be provided on site.


Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) Domains Addressed:
1a—Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy
1c -- Setting instructional outcomes
1d –Demonstrating knowledge of resources
1e—Designing coherent instruction
1f—Designing student assessments
3b—Using questioning and discussion techniques
3c—Engaging students in Learning
3d—Using assessment in instruction

 Registration

 

Flying Wild

Date: June 5, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30
Cost: $10.00
Location: HSU Campus
PD Hours: 8
Grade Level: Middle School to High School
Limited to 25 participants

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals. 

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Engage in Learning - Educational Technology
Dates: June 9 or June 13
Time: 8:30-3:30
Cost: $65.00 a session
Professional development hours: 6
Location: HSU Campus
**Limited to 20 people**
***Registration deadline is May 20th***

Engage in Learning professional development is an intensive, hands-on opportunity for educators to explore practical ways to use technology to enrich their curricula and engage students. The workshop explores innovative ideas, effective techniques, and thoughtful plans for incorporating web-based resources, mobile devices and emerging technologies into the classroom instruction.

The professional development provides numerous examples of the best web sites, describes practical methods and techniques for using technology in the classroom, and includes opportunities for targeted exploration. Examples highlight inquiry-based technology applications in physical sciences, life sciences, and Earth science. The workshop emphasizes innovative ideas and exciting projects for incorporating Web 2.0 tools including blogs, podcasts, video creation, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, laboratory simulations, and other emerging technologies into the classroom. The combination of resources and hands-on time to explore and create will enable participants to leave the professional development with a set of strategies and resources to begin integrating technology into the classroom.

The projects, concepts, and tools addressed in this workshop not only apply to The Common Core State Standards, but also to the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity – as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

We will not provide iPads for the workshop. Please bring your own device. We strongly recommend that you update all apps before attending the workshop. A list of recommended apps will be emailed to you in advance of the workshop. We also recommend that you bring a laptop computer with wireless capability. WiFi will be available.

We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch will be provided on site.

Registration

 

Project Wet, Wild, and PLT Training

Date: June 11, 2014
Time: 8:30-4:30
Cost: $10.00
Location: HSU Campus
Grade Level: K-Pre-service
8 PD Hours
Limited to 25 participants

Spend a fun-filled day of learning environmental lessons to teach your students the importance of conserving our natural resources. This is an opportunity to become trained in these outstanding programs. Each participant will take home four teacher guides as well as posters, cards, etc. Lunch is provided.

Project WET, WILD, and PLT training is an approved professional development provider from the Arkansas Department of Education.

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Argumentation in Biology
Date: June 12, 2014
Cost: $90.00
Grade Level: Biology
Location: HSU Campus
PD Hours: 6

If you are trying to include higher-level discussions about issues in biology and are feeling frustrated, this session is for you! You will receive the NSTA-approved book, Scientific Argumentation in Biology which includes 30 classroom activities. These activities are divided into three different methods of conducting effective scientific arguments with your students and will help you include the science practice “Engaging in Argument from Evidence” in your classes. These lessons will help spark interest and enthusiasm in your students will allowing you to teach your standards.

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Using Technical and Informational Literature in Middle and High School Science Classes
Date: June 18, 2014
Times: 8:30-3:30
Grade Levels/Subject Area: Middle and High School Science Teachers
Cost: $65.00
PD Hours: 6
Location: HSU campus
Limited to 25 Participants

Reading technical information in the sciences is a critical piece for students to become college and career ready. In keeping with the demands of the Common Core Literacy Standards for Science and Other Technical Subjects, this one-day class will teach you how to incorporate reading and writing strategies in your existing lessons. These strategies will become an integral part of your lessons as an enhancement for student learning, not just something extra to be done. Join us and learn how to use these skills in your science classes!

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Next Generation Science Standards Seminars

Dates: June 19-20 
Time: 8:30-3:30
Cost: $130.00 for each 2-day session
Grade Level: 4-8
Professional development hours: 12
Location: HSU Campus
**Limited to 20 people**
***Registration deadline is May 20th***

The final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, has been released! Now…. what do we do with them?! These seminars are designed to help you understand the structure of the standards, what the cross-cutting concepts really mean, and learn methods by which you can start incorporating the 8 scientific practices into your current lessons. You will leave these seminars with a much clearer understanding of the demands of the new standards.

Please bring your own device if available. We will not provide iPads for the workshop. We strongly recommend that you update all apps before attending the workshop. A list of recommended apps will be emailed to you in advance of the workshop. We also recommend that you bring a laptop computer with wireless capability. WiFi will be available.

We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch will be provided on site.


Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) Domains Addressed:
1a—Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy
1c -- Setting instructional outcomes
1d –Demonstrating knowledge of resources
1e—Designing coherent instruction
1f—Designing student assessments
3b—Using questioning and discussion techniques
3c—Engaging students in Learning
3d—Using assessment in instruction

Registration

 Engineering for the Next Generation:Engineering, Inquiry, and More!
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Dates: July 14-17, 2014
July 21-24, 2014
2 Dates in Fall 2014
PD Credit: 60 hours including 6 hours of Technology
Grades: 3rd, 4th, and 5th

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Mathematics PD Opportunities

Fraction Models and Resources for Elementary Teachers
Dates: June 10 and 11
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on your own)
Grade Levels: 1st-5th
Cost: $145 (includes a set of fraction circles and fraction squares)
12 hours of professional development
Limited to 20 people

For students in the elementary and middle school grades, fractions present a considerable challenge. Mysterious rules and algorithms are too abstract for many students. In this workshop we will look at physical models, hands-on manipulatives, fraction strips and student-centered resources designed to increase student understanding of fractions. We will investigate fraction concepts and operations and examine how students think about and solve problems with fractions. Participants will receive a notebook containing a number of helpful resources, individual set of fraction circles and squares. Come and join us in helping students develop an understanding of fraction “rules” on the basis of their own thinking and explorations.
Snacks and Beverages will be provided
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

Registration

 

 Enhancing Conceptual Understanding with Algebra Tiles
Date: June 16, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on you own)
Grade Levels: 8-12
Cost: $75.00
6 hours of professional development
Limited to 20 people

One of the objectives of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics is to increase conceptual understanding. Algebra Tiles are concrete models of variables and/or integers that help students explore algebraic concepts. With these manipulatives, students should be able to bridge the gap between a concept and the symbols used to record it algebraically. Come and enjoy the fun of discovering how to help your students’ performances on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing polynomials. Participants will receive a 70-piece set of transparent materials to model the addition and subtract of polynomials, the zero principle, dividing polynomials and factoring trinomials along with a 52 page resource guide.
Snacks and Beverages will be provided
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

Registration 

 

Hands-On Equations in Algebra
Date: June 17, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on your own)
Grade Levels: 3-9
Cost: $100.00 (includes a set of Hands-on Equations)
6 hours of professional development
Limited to 20 people

This professional development session will empower you to use visual, kinesthetic and pictorial hands-on teaching methodology to successfully present essential algebraic concepts to students in grades 3 to 9. By “breaking the code” of algebra, Hands-On equations help students work with sophisticated algebraic concepts in mathematics. Balancing two-step equations becomes child’s play. This session enables teachers to successfully present key ideas essential for success in Algebra! High risk and special education students have experienced great success with this approach. Participants will also receive a student set of Hands-On Equations which contains manuals for 3 levels, worksheets, answer key, and one packet of game pieces.
Snacks and Beverages will be provided
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

Registration

 

Thinking Mathematically!         Register by May 30, 2014!

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Dates: June 24-26, 2014; 2 Days Fall 2014; 2 Days Spring 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $600.00
Location: HSU Campus
Grade Level: 6th- 8th Grade Teachers,
if possible teachers should attend as a team of 2
42 PD Hours

Registration 

 

Fostering Algebraic Thinking
Dates: July 8 and 9, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on your own)
Grade Levels: 7th-10th
Cost: $155.00
12 hours of professional development including
6 hours of technology
Limited to 20 people

This professional development model is designed to help mathematics teachers in grades 7-10 learn to identify, describe, and foster algebraic thinking in their students using Fostering Algebraic Thinking. By examining student work and thinking, and understanding how students learn mathematics in the middle and secondary grades, we can provide the support necessary for all students to be mathematically successful. Fostering Algebraic Thinking is a research-based professional development toolkit for middle and high school teachers. Participants will receive the Fostering Algebraic book along with a binder filled with learning activities ready for the first day of school.
Snacks and Beverages will be provided
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

Registration 



Fostering Geometric Thinking
Dates: July 15 and 16
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on your own)
Grade Levels: 7th-10th
Cost: $155.00
12 hours of professional development including
6 hours of technology
Limited to 20 people

This professional development focuses on rigorous, problem-based teaching that encourages students to deepen their thinking in geometric properties, geometric transformations and measurement of geometric objects using Fostering Geometric Thinking. Your students will know all the angles when you use this resource for teachers in grades 7-10. Fostering Geometric Thinking is a professional development toolkit written by Mark Driscoll that is designed to help math teachers discover practical ideas for helping students develop geometric habits of mind. Participants will receive the book Fostering Geometric Thinking book along with a notebook of activities and much more.
Snacks and Beverages will be provided
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

Registration 

 

Cooperative Learning Techniques in Mathematics
Date: July 31, 2014
Time: 8:30-3:30 (lunch on you 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

Registration 

 

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