Division 1 Science

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Division 1 Science CIC Institute

Title: Literacy in the Science Classroom
Date: Tuesday, 9/16/14

HS Session from 10:30 - 12:30 pm
MS Session from 10:30-12:30 pm
ES Session from 2-4 pm

Location: Bohnam Elementary School, Rm. 217
2617 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

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Professional Development for CICs and Teachers:

Are your teachers putting together their PD plans? Are they looking for PD to attend to strengthen Domains I & II? Look no further! Here are several PD sessions that will be open for registration starting 9/2/14

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HMH Science Curriculum Training Description:

In order to teach to the level of rigor expected in the TEKS/SEs and to develop more effective aligned [LOs, MRS, PAI, DOLs, Differentiated Instruction, and Scaffolding], during this session participants will navigate through the print and online components of the newly adopted instructional materials. Participants will also discuss aligning instruction with scaffolding and differentiation strategies.

Just In Time Training Description:

In order to understand the TEKS/SEs and be prepared for the upcoming six-weeks, participants will collaborate to unpack those standards. They will discuss RtI and differentiation strategies for each standard or bundle of standards. All of this will be used to plan ways to scaffold instruction, increase student-engagement levels, and develop purposeful, aligned instruction (PAI), with the goal of every student achieving success in the upcoming six-weeks. *Upcoming six-weeks standards are determined by looking at the district document, the Year-at-a-Glance (YAG) which you can access if you bring your own laptop*

Need TI Nspire/Navigator Support?? Training Available!

Educators - If your teachers are in need of extra TI Nspire/Navigator Support, training sessions are now available.

Your teachers and other potential attendees can register for this week’s first TI Nspire/Navigator session (held on two different dates and locations to accommodate for the spread of the division).

The first sessions are this Wednesday (Sept. 3rd) or Thursday (Sept. 4th) after school.


Please contact Steffanie Blackmon (sblackmon@dallasisd.org) if you have any further questions, comments or concerns. These sessions are open to Math and Science educators.

Moving Towards an Inquiry Based Lab

Tired of boring cookbook labs? Are your students not thinking enough? Here are some useful links in moving towards Inquiry Based Lab Activities that will motivate and excite your students.

Decookbook It! (Elementary)

Inquiry Labs for Elementary

Constructivism: The Implications for Laboratory Work

How to Make a Lab Open Ended


Inquiry Labs in High School

Building a Community of Readers & Writers

As we start to build a community of readers and writers in our science classrooms, here are a few links to help support your teachers.

A Culture of Literacy in Science (Middle School)

Teaching Science Literacy

Literacy in Science: A Natural Fit

Language and Literacy in Science Education

Update from TEA

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will maintain initial academic performance standards (Phase-In 1) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year.


Environmental Education Center

The Environmental Education Center is an academic facility with programs designed to instruct students and teachers at all grade levels in science in an outdoor setting. The daily instructional programs presented are aligned with and support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), local science curriculum implementation and the objectives of the STAAR tests. The Center assists district science teachers in meeting the Texas Education Agency requirement that students be involved in both laboratory and field investigations during science instruction. The Center is always free to all DISD teachers, students and staff.

To schedule a visit to the Environmental Education Center, please call the Center at 972-749-6900.

Support Links

Google Classroom

More teaching, less tech-ing... Google Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs.

5 Great Ways for Teachers to use Google Forms

If you’re just starting with Google Forms, here are five ways that you can use them to streamline your classroom!

53 Ways to Check for Understanding!

A printable PDF that supports a variety of methods for checking for student understanding.

Need extra support?

Please feel free to contact me to make an appointment for extra science support.

Science Academic Facilitator

Lonique Coots
School Leadership
Division 1, Dallas ISD