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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® Texas team.

Three examples of PD sessions being conducted

Professional Development

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

Professional Coaching

Through modeling and observation, our professional coaching help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices.

Professional Learning
On-Demand

Explore the Great Minds Science Video Library to view introductory content about the curriculum and our professional learning offerings. Learn how PhD Science Texas educators can access additional free instructional videos to guide implementation.

 

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RECOMMENDED LEARNING PLAN

Implementing PhD Science Texas with Fidelity

To set educators up for success with PhD Science Texas, our team of teacher–writers created the three-year plan below, which integrates both professional development 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.

Year 1:

Professional Development

SUMMER
(before implementation)


Foundational Professional Development Session

  • Launch PhD Science Texas

  • Lead PhD Science Texas

FALL/WINTER/SPRING

Foundational Professional Development Session

  • Module and Lesson Study

Professional Coaching

FALL/WINTER/SPRING

  • Guided Observations for Leaders
  • Prepare a Lesson Collaboratively

 

Year 2:

Professional Development

SUMMER/FALL

Foundational Professional Development Session

  • Learn PhD Science Texas
    • Using Models in a Student-Driven Classroom*
    • Using Questions to Drive Student Learning*

WINTER/SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Nurturing a Student-Driven Classroom*

  • Managing a Student-Driven Classroom*

* These sessions can be flexibly interchanged from our full list of Sustaining PD offerings based on district needs and conversations with your Implementation Lead.

Professional Coaching

FALL/WINTER/SPRING

  • Guided Observations for Leaders
  • Personalized Coaching
    • PLC Supports
    • Prepare a Lesson Collaboratively

 

Year 3:

Professional Development

SUMMER/FALL

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Discourse for a Student-Driven Classroom
  • Pacing for a Student-Driven Classroom*

WINTER/SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Building Knowledge with the Content Learning Cycle*

* These sessions can be flexibly interchanged from our full list of Sustaining PD offerings based on district needs and conversations with your Implementation Lead.

Professional Coaching

FALL/WINTER/SPRING

  • Guided Observations for Leaders
  • Personalized Coaching
    • PLC Supports
    • Prepare a Lesson Collaboratively

 

 

Hear from educators who previously attended Great Minds Professional Development

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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