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Professional Development


From the teacher-writers 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 help both teachers and science leaders learn how to implement PhD Science with confidence.

Launch PhD Science Levels K–2, 3–5, and K–5

Educators explore 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.


Lead Implementation for Administrators K–5

Participants build understanding of the what and the why of PhD Science and receive guidance for planning, preparing for, and supporting successful implementation.


Module Level Study K–5

This session helps educators better understand the process of internalizing a module, including the curriculum’s science, knowledge, and investigation progressions.


Focus on Instructional Techniques I K–5

Educators study the three-dimensional teaching and learning and the scientific investigation of real-world phenomena that form the basis of the curriculum’s learning design. They build knowledge of the curriculum, its resources, and its practical planning tools to gain confidence with implementation.


 

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 II K–5

Educators explore the importance of using collaborative conversations to advance science instruction and build student knowledge while developing tools and strategies to support the nuances of crucial curriculum components such as the anchor visuals.


Focus on Instructional Techniques III K–5

This session deepens educators’ understanding of the curriculum’s learning cycle, demonstrating the importance of presenting a coherent series of investigations and hands-on tasks that allow students to engage in science before attempting to summarize their knowledge in words or drawings.

Focus on Instructional Techniques IV K–5

This session deepens educators’ understanding of the curriculum’s design, reviews its formative and summative assessment opportunities, and provides guidance for connecting science learning to other content areas.


Grade Band Progression

Educators study the progression of learning across a grade band and map the coherence of science concepts.


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ASYNCHRONOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Module Study Series

This video series, hosted on Canvas, orients educators and coaches alike to a module in PhD Science. The series takes a deep dive into the content of the module, detailing the phenomenon-based learning specific to the module.


 

 

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

 
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