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Summer Workshop Agenda

submitter: DESERT Project
published: 07/30/1998
posted to site: 07/30/1998
Science Facilitator Professional Development
Summer 1998

Tanque Verde Guest Ranch

Year Focus: How does the process of questioning move students' understanding of science forward?

Purpose: Introduction to Inquiry Part I: The Process of Questioning


  • Clarify present understanding of inquiry

  • Provide overview elements of inquiry

  • Provide personal experience in the process of generating questions

  • Examine and practice strategies to encourage developing questions which can be investigated

  • Understand new role of science facilitator in relationship to the D.E.S.E.R.T. Project

  • Explore concerns


7:30Registration and coffee
8:15What is inquiry?
In your journal make a list of words or phrases that describe inquiry for you.
8:20Group sharing and discussion
How is inquiry addressed in the National Science Education Standards?
9:00Crayfish Investigation "mess about"
9:25Generate additional questions
10:00Journal prompts: How did we come up with our questions?
How valuable is this process for me as a learner?
10:10Which questions can & can not be investigated?
11:00What are our needs in science education?
What is the D.E.S.E.R.T. Project? How does it address our needs?
1:00What is the site vision?
1:20What is the role of the Science Facilitator?
1:45How will the facilitator role change?
2:20Concerns Based Model - Don Horsley, Consultant
3:20Evaluation & reflection

PULSE Tentative Agenda
Principals Understanding Leadership in Science Education

Tanque Verde Guest Ranch - July 29, 30

Day #1

7:30Registration/Continental Breakfast
7:45Introduction and Guests, Dr. Garcia, U of A & Community Partners
8:00Activity 1 Describe your vision of what a scientifically literate student leaves your school knowing and doing? SRC Staff
8:30Activity 2 Adult Inquiry Experience (Crayfish)
9:45Reflection: What elements of the Inquiry Experience contribute to building the characteristics solicited in Activity 1
10:15What does a quality science education look like in the classroom?
Marlan Pasquale, CUSER, EDC
Classroom Videos/Evaluation 5 point rubric (Horizon)
12:00Buffet lunch
1:00DESERT Project vision in detail & 5 year plan overview - Floor
How will the project address concerns identified at your site?
2:00Self & Site Assessment
3:15Closing/questions box (collected)

Day #2

7:30Continental Breakfast
8:00Day 1 Questions addressed
8:15Nuts and Bolts of DESERT Project -
What site involvement looks like?
What support is available for me, my staff, parents?
10:30Planning for the Learning Community at your site
How to support Innovations for Professional Development -
Role of Principal, Teacher, Staff, and Community
12:00Buffet lunch
After lunch, Middle School Principals please sit together
1:00What are your concerns as principals?
Overview of the Concerns Based Model - Presenter: Don Horsley, West Ed
2:15This or That
2:30Project Evaluation - How will we assess The DESERT Project effectiveness?
What will this mean at your site Presenter: Kathy Stiles, WestEd
2:45-3:15Prioritizing Options for follow Up-Year 1 and beyond
Suggestions to rate
  • Inquiry

  • Student assessment

  • Decision Making Skills

  • Equity

  • Personal site assessment (Self-assess rule)

  • National Science Education Standards

  • Facilitation change

  • Breakout Curriculum sessions
    K-5 FOSS, 6-8 Science Plus (possibly Sleuths)

  • Instructional Leadership Skills

  • Cutting Edge Teaching Strategies

  • CBAM

  • Facilitation Skills

  • Science teaching evaluation

  • Classroom management

  • Creating time at your site/models

  • others...