D1 Science: Summer PD Opportunities

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15th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

The 15th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute is sponsored by The Texas A&M Health Science Center and being held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center in Cypress, TX, just northwest of Houston. The K-12 Summer Institute offers an extensive variety of professional development workshops focused on the connections between health and the environment. Participants will learn how to help students use inquiry based learning to develop an enhanced understanding of science concepts, apply the scientific method and better understand how the environment affects our health.
Featured K-12 curricular materials are from a network of leading national institutions focusing on a variety of topics such as atmospheric research, cancer, genetics, cell biology, indoor and outdoor air pollution, lead poisoning, water quality and toxicology among others. Learn how to help students use scientific inquiry to develop an understanding of the mechanisms that affect the environment and our health.

Attendance is FREE with a refundable $65 deposit to hold your spot in the workshops.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Summer Institute attendees will:

  • receive free, award-winning integrated curricular materials
  • discuss environmental health issues that directly impact our lives
  • participate in hands-on, classroom ready learning activities, share ideas with scientists and professionals in the science field and discover how curricular materials address and will help students excel at: STAAR and End of Course (EOC) Assessments.

Earn continuing professional education hours (Summer Institute is recognized and approved by the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented (TAGT) and the State Board of Education as CPE Providers!!). In other words, this is a great opportunity!!!
All workshops are facilitated by educators, scientists, and classroom teachers. Presenters hail from prestigious institutions such as the Yale-Peabody Museum, Harvard, MIT, National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) among others. We look forward to seeing you at the 14th Annual Summer Institute Conference!
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided for the days attended
  • A limited number of travel grants are available pending approval, please read instructions carefully.(clicking opens a new window to the K12SI website)

Region 10 Summer Science PD Sessions

Free Science PD provided to all DISD staff!

Session Titles Include:

Journaling and Interactive Note-Taking in Science

Elementary Physical Science: K-2

Making Sense of Science: Changes in Matter

Reach of the STAAR: High Quality Instruction

Putting the Pieces Together: Differentiating Instruction in Science

For more information, please click here.

Dallas Zoo Educator Workshops

Looking for new ways to ignite learning in your classroom? We can help! Our innovative teacher workshops will spark your imagination! A great way to discover how to keep your students engaged in math and science while earning professional development hours!

All educator workshops run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
Participants will earn six (6) SBEC/TEEAC approved Continuing Professional Education credits.

Preregistration is required at least two (2) weeks in advance. Registrations are non-refundable and not transferable.

For more information and available workshop topics, please click here.

Mini-Cast: Sparking Science! Ignite the Passion

SPARKING SCIENCE! Ignite the Passion

Mini - CAST: Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching

SATURDAY, May 2, 2015
Village Tech Schools 1010 E. Parkerville Road, Cedar Hill, TX 75104

After April 17th we will accept ONSITE REGISTRATION at a higher rate.

If you attended the CAST conference in November, 2014 you are a MEMBER of STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas) and qualify for the STAT Member registration fee.

Registration Fees:
After April 17th

Current STAT Member: $35
Non-STAT Member: $50 (Includes a membership to STAT)

Checks should be made out to VILLAGE TECH SCHOOLS

Please mail check or Purchase Orders to Village Tech Schools - Mini CAST 2015
Attn: Lori Croysdale
1010 E. Parkerville Road
Cedar Hill, Texas 75116

POs can also be faxed to (469) 454-4442

Contact Jamie Long if you need further information at jlong@villagetechschools.org

The Village Tech Campus is comprised of portable buildings connected by wooden decks. Please dress comfortably and wear close toed shoes, preferably tennis shoes. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Sessions are limited to 20-25 people. Seating in workshops will be first come, first serve, so please select several workshops to attend in each session in case your first choice is full. A program will be given to you at the conference.



Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas PD Conference

The 2015 FCSTAT State Professional Development Conference will provide intensive, sustainable, professional development and training for courses taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Educators that are included in the Career Development, Architecture & Construction, Arts/AV Technology & Communications, Education & Training, Hospitality & Tourism, and the Human Services Career Clusters. The conference will feature two general sessions with noted national speakers and state leaders utilized in the general sessions to provide overall direction and focus for conference participants.

2015 FCSTAT Professional Development Conference
Dallas, Texas
July 27 - 31, 2015

400 N Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Self-parking $11 per day

Copy and paste this link into your browser to access online reservations:

For more information, please click here.

The UTeach Professional Development Academy of Innovative Teaching and Learning


Online courses from UTeach Professional Development are designed by teachers, for teachers! Using input and feedback from classroom teachers and instructional leaders, we have created courses that support the implementation of effective and innovative teaching models and strategies. We currently have three online classes available to teachers. These short courses are great primers for more in-depth exploration of topics that will be included in the Academy of Innovative Teaching and Learning.

Short courses available now:

For more information, please click here.


The UTeach Institute at the University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce a new program of online professional learning designed for in-service classroom teachers, the UTeach Professional Development Academy of Innovative Teaching and Learning. The Academy is designed with working practitioners in mind: online and on demand courses that address topics classroom teachers and school administrators have requested.

Flexibility and choice are two important characteristics of the Academy. There is only one required course,Foundations of Inquiry-Based Learning. Beyond that, participants need only complete three other Academy courses in order to earn a certificate of completion in the Academy. While the Academy certification does not impact state teaching credentials, it is a great addition to anyone's résumé and a symbol of the professional learning and growth that participants will experience as they complete the Academy courses.

More details about the Academy will be available in the coming months. If you would like to receive updates, please email us at pdinfo@uteach.utexas.edu.

The following classes, with brief course descriptions, will be included in the Academy.

Foundations of Inquiry-Based Learning

Mentoring Math and Science Teachers

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

Integrating Mobile Technology

Formative Assessment

Inquiry-Based Learning in Algebra

Rethinking Classroom Management for the 21st Century

An Inquiry-Based Approach to Flipping the Classroom

Creating a Digital Classroom

Supporting English Language Learners

UT Health Science Center: Teacher Enrichment Initiatives

The Teacher Enrichment Initiatives (TEI) involve partnerships between UTHSCSA researchers and health professionals and San Antonio area school teachers. All curricula are FREE to download on this website!

Teacher Enrichment Initiatives is a Benefit to Teachers

The curriculum (1) is based on cutting edge research, (2) has classroom ready materials, (3) is in an interdisciplinary format, and (4) is aligned with state and national standards.

Lessons Based on Cutting Edge Research
All of the curricular materials have been created through partnerships between scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and K-12 teachers from the San Antonio area. The teachers and scientists collaborate together to create exciting and engaging interdisciplinary lessons and activities based on the Gerontologic Sciences and Health Sciences. Lessons are continually being updated and edited.

Classroom Ready Materials
The curriculum consists of over 350 activities divided by health science topics. Background information on the rationale and objectives for each lesson and activity are provided. Units/lessons/activities have pre/post tests with answer keys. Each of the activities have background information pages for teachers and students, answer keys for teachers, and handouts and worksheets for students. Many activities require minimal preparation from the teacher since all handouts and worksheets are provided.

Interdisciplinary Units and Lessons
The curriculum has been designed for use by interdisciplinary teams. Units contain thematic lessons that include several activities. However, individual teachers may use the lessons or activities as stand alone projects.

Alignment with State and National Educational Standards
The curriculum has been written with national educational standards in mind using various education and community health initiatives such as: Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Healthy People 2000 and 2010, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Dimensions of Thinking and Dimensions of Learning, and the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards. All of the activities have been coded to the Texas state standards: the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

For more information, please click here.

Texas Tech: T-STEM Center Summer PD Opportunities

Innovation doesn't come in a kit.

Good teaching makes learning relevant and exciting for students. At the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center, we specialize in helping teachers engage students in rigorous inquiry learning—without the need for expensive or elaborate lab facilities.

Our professional development instruction and curricula are firmly grounded in the TEKS and College Readiness Standards using research-proven teaching and assessment methods and newest classroom technologies.

Whether you are interested in honing your skills with the latest interactive technologies or adding best practice classroom management techniques to your professional toolbox—the Texas Tech T-STEM Center can help.

Look into attending one of our summer workshops, or contact us about providing professional development at your location.

Workshop Titles include:

For more information, please click here.

Vernier's Summer Institute in Dallas, TX

School may be out for the summer, but the learning never stops at Vernier. Please join us this summer for a full-day exploration of the latest and greatest in probeware and data-collection technology.

You’ll get your hands dirty with dozens of hardware and software titles from Vernier’s award-winning line of computer and handheld data-acquisition technology. One of our knowledgeable training specialists will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready labs and activities.

You’ll leave the workshop ready to excite your students’ learning with data collection.

Perfect for science educators who

  • Want to evaluate our award-winning technology.
  • Are new to data collection.
  • Need a refresher course on Vernier equipment.
  • Want to learn from an expert.

Free lab book included - a $48 value!

Your Summer Institute registration includes our Workshop Training Manual download with clear instructions for all of the labs covered in the workshop.

When you register, you can also select one free Vernier lab book. Choose from a list of 16 titles, each including dozens of subject-specific labs, a CD with word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

If you already own Vernier lab books or don’t see a title that fits your needs, opt instead for a $50 gift certificate for use on a future purchase of Vernier products.

For more information, please click here.

NASA's Lunar and Planetary Science PD for teachers working with grades 6-9

Date: June 22-26, 2015

Grade 6-9 science teachers are invited to participate in a workshop focused on lunar and planetary science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars is growing and changing with new data from current and recent planetary missions. In-service and pre-service science teachers are encouraged to apply.

The workshops are sponsored by DREAM2; they are offered to teachers free of charge.

  • Learn about the latest discoveries in science and exploration of Earth's Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, and the moons of Mars
  • Reinforce their understanding of lunar and planetary science concepts
  • Gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the Moon
  • Interact with DREAM2 scientists
  • Become certified to borrow lunar sample disks
  • Work with real scientific data
  • Learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards

The 2015 workshop will be held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The workshop will begin at 9:00am each day and will end at 4:00pm on Monday through Thursday and by 2:30pm on Friday. Teachers who complete the training will be awarded Certificates of Participation as well as Letters of Completion that indicate the successful completion of 30 hours of instruction, printed on official NASA letterhead. Maryland teachers will also receive continuing professional development credits from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Teachers, need help with funding?

Even though some of these PD opportunities are free, some cost. Need help funding your classroom or PD? Check out Grants for Teachers!

Great teachers are always looking for new ways to expand their instruction and engage their students. Innovative teaching is important--but it can be expensive.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of sources available for funding educational initiatives. Grants, fellowships and scholarships are available for teachers who want to help their students.

These funds come from all sorts of sources, from the federal government to private companies and charities, and they focus on a wide range of topics. Teaching grants can fund professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies, field trips and almost anything else that goes into bettering the quality of education.

There are literally thousands of education grants for teachers. The following 20 grants are only a small sample of the options available to you:

  • Professional Development Grants for Teachers

  • Funds for Classroom Enrichment/Student Achievement

  • STEM Grants

  • Humanities Grants

For more information, please click here.

D1 Science Leadership

Loni Coots

Science Academic Facilitator

Division 1, DISD