Staff Development (6-12)

Some of my most joyful moments have come as I’ve watched teachers become more confident in their skills–especially in the areas of reading, writing, and student-centered science teaching. See below for typical presentations; I will tailor any of them to the needs of your school or district. 

The Un-common Core: Give teachers the basic tools they need to integrate reading, writing, and content instruction. This can be tailored to science only, or incorporate teachers from other content areas.

Science Argumentation: Both the NGSS and the Common Core emphasize making claims and supporting them with evidence. Teachers will learn how to introduce claims, evidence, and reasoning; how to help students put their thoughts in writing; and how to evaluate their finished work.

Once Upon a Life Science Book: Teachers will focus on key content from the NGSS paired with literacy strategies that address the Common Core. They will try out content-specific lessons that they can put right to use in their middle and high school classrooms. It is strongly recommended that participants have access to Once Upon a Life Science Book: 12 interdisciplinary lessons to create confident readers— a year-long program for building reading instruction into life science and biology.

Once Upon an Earth Science Book: As in the Life Science worshop, teachers will focus on key content from the NGSS paired with literacy strategies that address the Common Core. Teachers will leave with lessons that teach reading, writing, and Earth science content that they can use right away in middle and high school classrooms. It is strongly recommended that participants have access to Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 interdisciplinary lessons to create confident readers— a year-long program for building reading instruction into Earth science.

Long-Term Change Agent: If you are looking to help your teachers make big changes in their teaching, to move toward a student-centered focus or to make literacy integration a cornerstone of your science program, contact me. I will develop a one- or two-year program to guide your teachers through major changes by incorporating workshops, model teaching, peer observation, and gradual culture change. This process allows teachers to try new methods and then meet back for support and problem-solving.

 

 

Use the links below to see me in action!

Watch the Georgia Department of Education’s Common Core Video Series online at:

http://www.gpb.org/education/common-core/2012/05/08/science-6th-8th-grades  (Middle school video. My session runs from minutes 9:40-34:05)

http://www.gpb.org/education/common-core/2012/05/08/science-9th-12th-grades(High school video. My session runs from minutes 13:40-43:45)

Watch my webinar with the National Science Teachers Association at:

 http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NSTA/webseminar16.aspx

 Contact Me for more information or to schedule staff development.