Summer Professional Development

Secondary Science

Professional Learning

Improve your pedagogy this summer with both in-district and out-of-district opportunities. Please register for in-district workshops in Eduphoria.

Curriculum & Assessment Writing For Science

Phase 1 Curriculum Development: On-Level & PreAP (8th Grade, Biology & Chemistry)


Curriculum Writers will be working on updating and revising current curriculum as well as writing (3) common snapshot assessments per grade level. In addition teams will be working on PreAP Curriculum for that grade level. 2 Writers per Grade Level will be choose through an application process. Applications will be OPEN May 6th - May 13th. More information to follow.


Date: June 7th, 8th, 13th & 14th (2 half-days are required June 7th & 8th)

Time: 8:00 to 4:00

Audience: Curriculum & Assessment Writers for (PreAP & On-level) 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Biology & Chemistry

Location: Null Middle School Round Room

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Environmental Systems Curriculum Writing

Tier 1 Participants will write and develop curriculum for our NEW course Environmental Systems.



Date: June 9th

Time: 8:30 to 3:30

Audience: Tier 1 Grant participants

Location: NEY IS conference room (second floor)

University of Houston STEM Institute

Grant participants will learn to collect and analyze data using probeware, share data utilizing PBWorks and learn to incorporate STEM skills into their classrooms. Post test will be administered the last day of the Institute.


Date: July 5th - 8th

Time: 8:00 to 4:00

Audience: Tier 1 & Tier 2 Teachers

Location: University of Houston Downtown

Stipends paid in August

Writing Like a Scientist using Claims, Evidence & Reasoning

Learn how to support your student's construction of explanations in science using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework for writing in the science classroom. Implementing this structure for writing will help your students explain their thinking and create connections between the "Big Ideas" in science. This work will enable students to be more confident with their explanations of laboratory experience and constructing valid conclusions based on evidence collected. Teachers will see how they can easily incorporate this framework to support their classroom instruction. Sample prompts and rubrics for pushing student growth will be provided.


Date: August 1st

Time: 8:30 to 3:30

Audience: New 6-12th grade Science teachers

Location: Null Middle School Round Room

GT Update Hours Offered!!

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Argument-Driven Inquiry Creating “Authentic” Laboratory and Classroom Experiences using CER

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an innovative approach to laboratory instruction that is based on current research about how people learn science and current recommendations for making lab activities more meaningful for students. Argument Driven Inquiry gives students an opportunity to learn how to participate in the practices of science and use the core ideas and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. This instructional approach also gives students an opportunity to utilize Claim, Evidence, Reasoning with Argumentation.


Date: Aug. 2nd

Time: 8:30 to 3:30

Audience: 6th - 12th Grade Science Teachers

Location: Null Middle School Round Room

GT Update Hours Offered!!

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Texas Wildlife Association

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Differentiating with the Museum


Whether you are detail-oriented or focus on the big picture, enhance your classroom strategy to help reach all of your student with tons of ready-to-implement activities and techniques. With dynamic presenters, engaging sessions, and the whole world of HMNS to explore, this is a workshop like you’ve never seen it before.

Participants will receive:

6 hours of TAGT-approved credit toward the completion of state mandated 30 hour teacher training, OR

6 hour update credit for those who have completed their 30 hours,

interactive activities and techniques that can be implemented in the classroom immediately,

hands-on, Museum-related activities,

workshop notebook, and much more!

Registration Information

To register, call 713-639-4659 and request one of the dates below. Sessions are limited to 40 participants and a minimum number of 15 participants must be reached.

June: 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28, 30
August: 1, 2, 4


All sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to visit the Museum’s special exhibitions at the field trip price.


Workshop Cost

Early Registration (ends May 1, 2016)

$50 per person

Regular Registration (after May 1, 2016)

$60 per person

Payment is due upon registration. Credit cards and POs are accepted. No refunds or cancellations. If the minimum number of participants has not been reached two weeks prior to the date of the class, it will be cancelled. Registered participants will be notified and their registration fee returned.