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 (see conference program or website for workshop titles, dates, room locations and times):

  • NSTA: National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference Oct. 5-7, 2017 in Baltimore, MD
  • OSTA: Oregon Science Teachers Association Conference Oct. 14, 2017 in Portland, OR
  • FAST: Florida Science Teachers Association Conference Oct. 19-21, 2017 in Orlando, FL
  • NJSTA:  New Jersey Science Teachers Association Convention Oct. 24-25, 2017 in Princeton, NJ
  • ISTA:  Illinois Science Teachers Association Conference Oct. 27-28, 2017 in DeKalb, IL
  • STANYS:  Science Teacher Association of New York State Conference Nov. 4-6, 2017 in Rochester, NY
  • CAST:  Science Teacher Association of Texas Conference Nov. 9-11, 2017 in Houston, TX
  • NSTA: National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017 in New Orleans, LA
  • HASTI: Indiana Science Teachers Association Conference Feb. 14-16, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN
  • NSTA: National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference Mar. 15-17, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

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