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Professional Learning for PhD Science®

We know that with the proper support, high-quality instructional materials can transform teaching and learning. That’s why our team of teacher-writers are the ones to craft all of our professional development and why we make sure educators with firsthand experience teaching the curriculum lead each session.
 
Great Minds® is the exclusive provider of professional development written and delivered by the PhD Science team.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Created by the team of teacher–writers behind PhD Science, our in-person and virtual PD sessions include options for teachers and leaders. These sessions ensure strong initial implementation as well as sustained success.

PERSONALIZED COACHING

 Through modeling and observation, Great Minds coaches help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices.


RECOMMENDED LEARNING PLAN

Implementing PhD Science with Fidelity

To set educators up for success with PhD Science, our team of teacher–writers created the three-year plan below, which integrates both PD and personalized coaching so all teachers can feel confident with the curriculum. Because we know that when teachers feel prepared and well-versed in the curriculum, students thrive.

Professional Development Coaching

SUMMER
(before implementation)

Foundational PD Sessions

- Launch PhD Science Levels K–5

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Lead Implementation for Administrators

FALL

Foundational PD Sessions

- Module-Level Study

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observation for Leaders

- Nurturing a Student-Driven Classroom

- Managing a Student-Driven Classroom

SPRING

Foundational PD Sessions

- Focus on Instructional Techniques I

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observation for Leaders

- Pacing for a Student-Driven Classroom

- Preparing for a Student-Driven Classroom

END OF YEAR

 

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observations for Leaders

 
Professional Development Coaching

SUMMER / FALL

Sustaining PD Sessions

- Focus on Instructional Techniques II

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observations for Leaders

- Discourse for a Student-Driven Classroom

SPRING

Sustaining PD Sessions

- Focus on Instructional Techniques III

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observation for Leaders

- Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

END OF YEAR

 

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observations for Leaders

 
Professional Development Coaching

SUMMER / FALL

Sustaining PD Sessions

- Focus on Instructional Techniques IV

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observations for Leaders

- Planning and Preparing by Using Checks for Understanding

SPRING

Sustaining PD Sessions

- Grade Band Progression

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observation for Leaders

- Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

END OF YEAR

 

Personalized Coaching Sessions

- Guided Observations for Leaders

 

Hear from Educators

Thanks so much for creating meaning opportunities in today's PD to make the learning experience purposeful. I loved the way the instructional routines were interwoven throughout today's presentation.

I am excited to implement this hands-on approach to teaching science. I love the way writing is integrated into the investigations. This is one of the best PD's I've ever attended. Thank you!

Isaac did an excellent job of modeling how to teach these modules! He was engaging and fun!

This PD has got me so excited to get back to the classroom with my students. Thank you for this program.

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