PD Workshops

Professional Development Workshops are offered to train teachers to use student-centered methods of teaching in middle school and high school classrooms for increased student engagement and critical thinking.

Workshops for Your School or District Ask your administrator to set up an on-site workshop customized to the topics and skills that are most relevant to your faculty.  Training fees are travel plus $1900 per day for groups and can be scheduled to reoccur throughout the year for continuing support or for incremental change during a long-term improvement plan.  All sessions are taught using hands-on methods to exemplify the staging, scaffolding and the use of student-centered teaching methods. Popular topics and skills include:

  • Project Based Learning Techniques:  Model-building, Competitions and Debates
  • Guiding the Process of Science:  From Research Questions to Data-based Conclusions
  • Applying Hypothesis Testing and Statistics in AP or IB Science
  • Strategically Improving Pass Rates for Standardized Exams (AP, IB, EOC, ACT, SAT)
  • Helping Students Design Their Own Lab and Field Experiments
  • Student Centered Teaching to Maximize Critical Thinking and Engagement
  • Infusing Math in the Science Classroom:  Data-generating Simulations, Games and Labs
  • Unpacking Your State Curriculum:  Writing Content and Skills into Student Centered Lesson Plans

5-Day Summer Workshops are 40 hour intensives that take place in Asheville, North Carolina and focus on how to teach a particular content area/unit using hands-on methods. Download a Summer Workshop Application 2018 to join us for one of the sessions below:

  • “Using Critical Thinking Activities for Teaching Cell Biology” July 9-July 13, 2018
  • “Using Critical Thinking Activities for Teaching Evolution and Genetics” July 16- July 20, 2018
  • “Student-designed Labs and Statistics for AP/IB Science” July 23- July 27, 2018
  • “Using Critical Thinking Activities for Teaching Ecology” July 30- Aug 3, 2018

Conference Workshops are 1 to 4 hour training seminars that take place at science conferences around the country.  I will be presenting workshops at the following conferences in 2017:

National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD — Oct. 5-7, 2017:

  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 5, 12:30-1:30p, Hilton Baltimore Rm Key 9
  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Oct 6, 9:30-10:30a, Hilton Baltimore Rm Holiday 2

 Oregon Science Teachers Association Conference, Portland, OR — Oct. 13-14, 2017:

  • Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Oct. 14 8:00-8:50a, Rm SS 111
  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Oct 6, 1:00-1:50p, Rm SS 111
  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 14, 2:00-2:50p, Rm SS 111

Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference, Orlando, FL — Oct. 19-21, 2017:

  • Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Oct. 20 9:45-10:45a, Sarasota Rm
  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Oct 20, 2:45-3:45p, Sarasota Rm
  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 21, 8:00-9:00a, Sarasota Rm
  • Using Small Group Debates to Teach Evidence-based Argumentation; Oct 21, 10:30-11:30a, Pinellas Rm

New Jersey Science Convention, Princeton, NJ — Oct. 24-25, 2017:

  • Using Small Group Debates to Teach Evidence-based Argumentation; Oct 24, 2:30-3:30p, Rm TBA
  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 25, 1:30-2:30p, Rm TBA

Illinois Science Teachers Association Conference, DeKalb, IL — Oct. 27-18, 2017:

  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 27, 8:30-9:20a, Lincoln Rm
  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Oct 27, 9:30-10:20a, Lincoln Rm
  • Using Small Group Debates to Teach Evidence-based Argumentation; Oct 27, 3:00-3:50p, University Suite Rm
  • Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Oct. 28 10:00-10:50a, Capitol North Rm

 Science Teachers Association of New York State Conference, Rochester, NY — Nov. 4-6, 2017:

  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Nov 4, 9:30-10:30a, Aqueduct CD Rm
  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Nov 4, 11:00a-12:00p, Aqueduct CD Rm
  • Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Nov 6, 8:00-9:00a, Highland J Rm
  • Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Nov 6, 9:30-10:30a, Highland J Rm

Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Houston, TX — Nov. 9-11, 2017:

  • 1-Hour Workshop: Data Generating Simulations that Add Math and Statistics to your APES/IB ESS or AP/IB Biology Course; Date, Time, Room TBA
  • 1-Hour Workshop: Using Small Group Debates to Teach Evidence-based Argumentation; Date, Time, Room TBA
  • Short Course: Incorporating Statistics Smoothly and Coherently in AP and IB Science; Date, Time, Room TBA

 National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, New Orleans, LA — Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2017:

  • Describing Data Using Central Tendencies, Graphs and Statistics in AP and IB Science; Nov 30, 12:30-1:30p, Rm 386
  • Using Mitotic Division to Introduce Statistics in AP and IB Biology; Dec 1, 9:30-10:30a, Rm 290

 National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA — Mar. 15-17, 2017:

  • Workshop Titles, Dates, Times and Locations TBA

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