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Professional Development


From the creators of PhD Science®

 

Professional Development Sessions

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

PRIVATE PD

Come together with educators from your school or district for an in-person or virtual PD session. Great Minds facilitators will work with up to 35 participants in each session.

VIRTUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT

Join educators from around the country for an open enrollment virtual PD session. Designed for 20–35 participants, sessions are led by two Great Minds facilitators.

CONTINUED SUPPORT

PD to support new implementers and seasoned users of PhD Science.

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FOUNDATIONAL PD

Foundational PD sessions build and deepen new educators' understanding of the curricular design and pedagogy of PhD Science. Sessions are designed for both teachers and science leaders to learn how to implement PhD Science with confidence.

Launch PhD Science Levels K–5

Experience the curriculum’s learning design, approach to knowledge building, and curricular structure and its use of authentic phenomena, hands-on investigations, trade books, and fine art.


Focus on Instructional Techniques I

Learn to use practical planning tools, strategies, and curriculum components like our anchor visuals to build your content knowledge and gain confidence with implementation.


Module Level Study

Deepen your understanding of the process to internalize a module, including the science, knowledge, and investigation progressions.


Focus on Instructional Techniques II

Learn the "why" behind the curriculum’s learning design around phenomena and storylines, which then offers strategies and tools to support three-dimensional teaching and learning, and dissects the nuances of the Driving Question Board.


 

SUSTAINING PD

Seasoned practitioners who have completed the foundational courses can deepen their understanding of the curriculum and strengthen their implementation through this advanced coursework.

Focus on Instructional Techniques III

Deepens educators’ understanding of the content learning cycle and the importance of a coherent series of investigations and hands-on tasks that allow students to experience science before attempting to summarize knowledge in words or drawings.

Focus on Instructional Techniques IV

Deepens educators’ understanding of the curriculum design, formative and summative assessment opportunities, and how to make connections to other content areas.


Grade Band Progression

Study the progression of learning across a grade band, and map the coherence of concepts.


 

RECOMMENDED LEARNING PLAN

Implementing PhD Science with Fidelity

To set educators up for success with PhD Science, our team of teacher–writers have created the three-year plan below integrating 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.

PD Workshop Sequence Personalized Coaching Sequence

SUMMER
(prior to implementation)

- Launch PhD Science Levels K–5

- Lead Implementation for Administrators

FALL
- Focus on Instructional Techniques I

- Classroom Management in a Student-Driven Classroom

- Guided Observation for Leaders

SPRING
- Module-Level Study

- Pacing Strategies in a Student-Driven Classroom

- Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

 
PD Workshop Sequence Personalized Coaching Sequence

SUMMER OR FALL

- Focus on Instructional Techniques II

- Advancing Science Instruction with Collaborative Conversations

- Guided Observation for Leaders

SPRING
- Focus on Instructional Techniques III

- Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

 
PD Workshop Sequence Personalized Coaching Sequence

- Focus on Instructional Techniques IV

- Grade Band Progression

- Planning and Preparing by Using Checks for Understanding

- Guided Observation for Leaders

- Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

 
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