Collaborative Online Professional Learning

Collaborative Online Learning Sessions

New school year, new content, new interactive sessions to help advance your learning and professional connections

Join us in our new professional learning sessions — and engage with colleagues and fellow educators from around the nation — through our innovative new approach to educator professional development.

We’ve all attended webinars that have left us feeling disengaged and uninspired. And the research shows that passive “sit and get” lecture-delivery modes are ineffective.

Over the last year, the Dana Center’s learning experts developed new content and a new mode for engaging educators in practical, research-based sessions to strengthen instructional practices and help schools and districts drive improved student achievement in math and science.

Unlike traditional webinars and many online courses that position learners as passive listeners, our virtual face-to-face approach leverages freely available videoconferencing technology to immerse you in lively, real-time interactions with facilitators and fellow participants.

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

How it works

Interactive engagement

We host an interactive online session for you and your colleagues. We stay in our space, you stay in yours—we all connect online, with audio, video, and high-quality Dana Center participant materials.

Hands-on, minds-on

You will collaborate face-to-face in this virtual workshop by engaging in discussions, applying online tools, and working through activities in breakout “rooms” with other participants.

Research-based, field-tested

From the Dana Center’s more than 2 decades of experience developing and delivering PD, you’ll get experienced facilitators and vetted resources. Upon session completion, you will also receive a certificate documenting your participation. All these new sessions we describe below take two hours and (unless otherwise noted) are appropriate for instructional leaders and teachers of all grade levels.

Session topics include:

Chasing the Goal – Science Focus:
Planning for Productive Discourse in the Secondary Science Classroom

Led by Barbara Taylor and Tracey Ramirez
For middle school and high school science teachers and leaders
October 3, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT
Explore a model for engaging students in productive discourse in science. This session will focus on the critical role of the science educator in establishing learning goals and anticipating student thinking.
Register Here: $89

All Systems Go!: Using a Systems Approach in Elementary Science
Led by Tracey Ramirez with Michael Greenlee
For elementary science teachers and leaders
October 10, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT
The crosscutting concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards help students connect concepts from what historically have been seen as distinct science disciplines 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 more fluent and thoughtful application of science content.
Register Here: $89

Rich Mathematical Tasks:
What Are They and Why Should I Care?

Led by Mary Davis and Ryan Timmons
For math teachers and leaders
October 12, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT
Learn to identify the qualities of rigorous tasks that promote deeper student understanding of math content and math practices. You’ll leave this session with strategies and resources—including a tool to help you evaluate tasks—for implementing rich tasks in your classroom.
Register Here: $89

Bring your colleagues and save!

When you sign up additional participants with your registration, they each get $10 off their registration. Simply click on the “add additional participant” link during registration to include their information. Discount will be applied at checkout.

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