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Personalized Coaching

From the creators of PhD Science® Texas.

 

Coaches from the PhD Science Texas team expertly guide educators to apply what they learn in Professional Development sessions to their classrooms and schools. Through modeling, observation, and recommendations for customizing the curriculum, Great Minds® coaches help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate classroom practices.

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Coaching Sessions

All sessions are available in virtual and in-person formats unless otherwise noted. Prerequisites to purchasing coaching sessions include Launch PhD Science Texas.

Guided Observations for Leaders

(IN PERSON ONLY)

Selected leaders participate in classroom observations with a PhD Science Texas coach to identify trends of implementation including celebrating successes and identifying areas of growth. Participating in this session improves instructional leaders’ ability to support effective classroom practice.

Prepare a Lesson Collaboratively

(IN PERSON ONLY)

With the guidance of a PhD Science Texas coach, educators plan, prepare, deliver, and debrief a lesson to improve student outcomes and establish best practices for instruction. 

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Implementation Support

Implementation support sessions, designed for teachers and leaders, range from 30 to 60 minutes and accommodate up to 30 participants.

Learning Labs K–5

In this offering, a PhD Science Texas coach will work to build a customized topic-based session that is framed around district needs. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Facilitating PhD Science Texas Anchor Visuals
  • Fostering a Student-Driven Classroom
  • Instructional Routines: Best Practices for Engagement with PhD Science Texas
  • Materials Management
  • PhD Science Texas Assessments
  • Phenomena in PhD Science Texas
  • Planning and Preparing to Use PhD Science Texas
  • Planning for a PhD Science Texas Lesson
  • PhD Science Texas Curriculum and Resource Overview
  • Supporting all Learners in a PhD Science Texas Classroom

Customized Protocols

In this offering, a PhD Science Texas coach will work alongside a school-level PLC leader (if applicable) to lead a PLC that is customized to meet the needs of the teachers and students. This will allow instructional coaches and teachers to walk away with the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to fully support all students. 

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Targeted Module Study Protocol
  • Targeted Lesson Study Protocol
  • Analyzing Student Work Protocol: Checks for Understanding
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 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.

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
    • Discourse for a Student-Driven Classroom

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

  • Using Models in a Student-Driven Classroom*
  • Using Questions to Drive Student Learning*

WINTER/SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Building Knowledge with the Content Learning Cycle*
  • Pacing for 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

 

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