Collaborative Online Professional Learning Sessions

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Collaborative learning can be transformative. Let’s engage together.

The Dana Center supports educators in strengthening instructional practices to improve student achievement in mathematics and science. We offer practical, research-driven solutions to meet your needs.

For a limited time, you can learn with us FREE as we launch a new suite of innovative online professional learning sessions in mathematics and science.

  • Want to engage in expert-led collaborative learning with colleagues, from the comfort of your local campus?
  • Finding it tricky to coordinate travel logistics for bringing teachers together in face-to-face professional development?

Join us as we introduce an innovative approach to interactive professional learning, led by outstanding Dana Center facilitators.

Unlike traditional webinars and online courses that position learners as passive recipients of “content,” our virtual face-to-face approach uses freely available videoconferencing technology to engage participants in lively, real-time interactions with facilitators and colleagues.

How it works

We host a videoconference session for you and your colleagues. We stay in our offices, you stay in yours—we all connect virtually, through audio, video, and participant materials made available online.

All these new sessions below take two hours and are appropriate for instructional leaders and teachers of all grade levels unless noted otherwise. Session topics include:

All Systems Go!:
Using a Systems Approach in Elementary Science
Led by Tracey Ramirez with Michael Greenlee
For elementary science teachers and leaders
February 20, 3:30 p.m. CT or February 21, 3:30 p.m. CT
The crosscutting concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards help students connect concepts from various disciplines of science into a coherent, scientifically grounded understanding of the world. Come explore how integrating systems thinking into science teaching and learning leads to deeper student comprehension and application of science content.

Chasing the Goal:
How Anticipating Student Responses Promotes Student Discourse in Math and Science
Led by Linda Evans-Taliaferro and Barbara Taylor
For math and science teachers and leaders
February 23, 4:00 p.m. CT or February 24, 4:00 p.m. CT
Explore a model for engaging students in productive discourse in mathematics and science, with a focus on establishing learning goals and anticipating student thinking and problem-solving strategies.

Rich Mathematical Tasks:
What Are They and Why Should I Care?
Led by Mary Davis and Ryan Timmons
For math teachers and leaders
March 20, 4:00 p.m. CT or March 22, 4:00 p.m. CT
Learn to identify the qualities of rich, rigorous tasks that promote deeper student understanding of math content and math practices. You’ll leave this session with resources—including a tool to help you evaluate tasks—for implementing rich tasks in your classroom.

Why Not NGSS?:
Using the Next Generation Science Standards to Strengthen Science Teaching and Learning
Led by Shelly LeDoux with Ryan Timmons
For science teachers and leaders
March 27, 4:00 p.m. CT or March 28, 4:00 p.m. CT
Learn about the potential of the NGSS to strengthen K–12 science education in your classroom, school, or district. These science standards, grounded in research and developed by the states, can help your district provide a rigorous, coherent science education to all your students. Come examine these standards’ historical context, design, and intent to understand how they can be a powerful resource for modern science classrooms.

Example from session: Chasing the Goal

5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Discussions
We are pleased to be able to make these new professional learning sessions available to educators at no cost for a limited time.

For participating in the session and providing us with feedback, you’ll receive the learning experience and participant materials. And you’ll be supporting the Dana Center, a unit of The University of Texas at Austin, in helping educators provide all students with best-in-class education in mathematics and science.

You can participate in our sessions on your own, or with your team of 5 to 10 colleagues.

Contact Brian Newsom for more information.


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  1. Quincy Vander Molen says:

    Are sessions available for clock hours? If so, how would a participant obtain verification of completion?

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