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DESERT Summer Workshop Agenda

submitter: DESERT Project
published: 06/28/1999
posted to site: 07/02/1999

TITLE: Summer Institute

How long did your workshop last?

Four days (30 hours) July 26-29

How many teachers did you involve?


What are your major goals for your workshop in terms of content and pedagogy? (Just one or two paragraphs)

This was an orientation for teams of 5-14 teachers from our 20 Cohort 1 Schools. Since we have 94 schools in our project, we have decided to divide them into 5 cohorts who will each receive focused attention to develop school wide effective inquiry based science for 1-2 years.

Goals : The purpose of the Institute is to provide Cohort I Site Leadership Teams with:

  • The opportunity to develop a collective vision of effective science education through first hand experience, observation of best practices, and dialogue.
  • A template to begin a 3 year implementation plan to involve all teachers of science at the site based upon five focus areas identified in the site profiles.
  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Materials
  • Assessment
  • Support and Enabling Structures

Are you offering professional development on specific curricula that you are hoping will be used in the classroom? If so, which curricula are you using?

FOSS/ STC K-5* and Science Plus 6-8 (the institute here did not focus on specific pieces, but rather had sessions to show the spiraled connections K-8 so that teams would get a sense of how big ideas/major concepts are built through the grade levels.

*We did offer basic intro module workshops on Electric Circuits (STC) and Models and Designs.( FOSS) which are the new kits introduced for grades 4,and 5 respectively.

TITLE: Principals Understanding Leadership in Science Education (PULSE) Workshop

How long do your workshops last?

DATES: May 27-28 1999
LENGTH: 15 hrs

How many teachers do you involve in your workshops?

ATTENDED: 60 principals K-8

What are your major goals for your workshops in terms of content and pedagogy? (Just one or two paragraphs)

Our annual workshop for Principals was targeted, at their request, this year on making connections between science and literacy.


  • provide principals with a personal experience with inquiry based science

  • develop the links between inquiry bsed science and literacy in the areas of speaking, writing and reading

  • explore ways in whcih inquiry based science supports student acheivement on tests such as Stanford 9 and state wide AIMS tests

  • develop tools to use at sites to strengthen connections bewteen inquiry based science and language development.

Contact Gail Paulin @ 520-617-7052

OTHER WORKSHOPS Scheduled for summer:

  • We are offering foundation level workshops in FOSS Models and Designs(5th) and STC Electrict Circuits (4th) (2 each, 15 hrs) This is to introduce our thrid kits to grades 4 and 5

  • Summer Insitutue for Cohort 1 sites (20 schools)- July 26-29 30 hrs. Site Facilitators Workshop Aug 2-6 ( 30 Hrs each) Features Exploratorium inquiry, ice ballons with Fred Stein and tips for facilitators for 99-00.

DESERT Summer Institute I July 26-29, 1999

Monday 7/26 7:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
  8:00-12:15 Welcome & Introduction
Science Reform Effort in TUSD
Dr. Vicki Balentine

What is the D.E.S.E.R.T. Project?
What does it mean to be in Cohort 1?

Teaching For Understanding
What Are the Issues?

Presenters: Karen Worth, Marian Pasquale, EDC

  10:00-10:15 BREAK
Issues Continued
National Standards Overview

Presenter: Gail Paulin, TUSD
  12:15 LUNCH
"Science Education Reform: Partnerships Promote Success"
Guest Presenter... Dr. Sam Ward, Molecular & Cellular Biology, U of A
  1:30 CORE Programs Build Concepts: 5 Breakout Sessions.
Please split your teams to cover all areas, go to one NOT at your grade level.
Breakout Rooms Session Presenters
Palo Verde
K Fabrics
3rd Water
5th Mixtures
8th Density/Oceans
Lavonne Riggs, Marleen Kotelman
Javier Gutierrez, Megan Schrag-Toso
Margaret Ferguson, Toni Saccani
Marie Abbs, Joan Gilbert
Alice Bever, Joel Blutfield
  2:30 BREAK
  2:45 Conceptual Flow of Big Ideas in CORE K-8
Progression & Connections

Content Builds conceptual understanding of Big Ideas.
Inquiry Promotes development of conceptual understanding, is the essence of scientific process.
Presenters: Jonathan Becker & Sharyn Chesser

  3:30-4:00 Wrap up Session & Reflection
Reminder: Social is Tuesday from 4:00-5:30
Assignment: For tomorrow: Read Chapter 2 Foundations: Vision of Effective Science Education pg. 7-16
Tuesday 7/27 7:30-8:00 Sign In and Continental Breakfast
  8:00-8:15 Opening Remarks
Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle, TUSD Board President
Comments Day 1 Sharyn Chesser
  8:30 Classroom Vision of Effective Science Education
Understanding Components through Video/Discussion

Classroom Video Clips: Kathy Brown, Grade 7; Linda Block, Grade 4; Gale Gibson, Grade 1
Presenters: Karen Worth & Marian Pasquale, EDC
  10:00-10:15 BREAK
  11:35 "Getting It Going/Getting it Good" Floor/Ceiling
Presenter: Karen Worth
Ceiling & Floor of TUSD K-8
Presenter: Marleen Kotelman
  12:00 Lunch Picture Effective Science in the Classroom
Guest Presenter: Dr. Julie Luft, Teaching & Teacher Education U of A
  1:15 Classroom FOCUS Breakout Sessions
Palo Verde, Ironwood
Bonsai, Cottonwood
Effective Lessons: Structures, Questioning/Leading discussions
Student Work: Science Notebooks and Tuning Protocol
Classroom Climate
  3:15 BREAK
  3:30 3-2-1 Focus question/Reflection
  3:45 What is SAMEC?
Dr. Richard Greenberg, U of A, Lunar & Planetary Sci.
  4:00-5:30 Social/Nibblers Doubletree Lobby
Wednesday 7/28 7:30-8:00 Sign In and Continental Breakfast
  8:00 Opening: Comment Cards
  8:15 The Classroom Breakouts
  Boojum, Bonsai
Palo Verde, Ironwood
Effective Lessons: Structures-Questioning/leading discussions
Student Work: Science Notebooks and Tuning Protocol
Classroom Climate
  10:15 BREAK
  10:30 Teacher Talk
Practicing dialog/discussion conversations.

Introduction: Gail Paulin
  12:00-1:00 LUNCH Available to groups during this time

Supporting Implementation of An Effective, Standards Based Science Program at Your School
Utilizing the Profile

  1:00-2:30 Introduction Gail Paulin
Orientation to the Site Profile Report -
Presenter: Susan Loucks-Horsley
  2:30-2:45 BREAK
  2:45-3:40 Leadership Brainstorm
Presenter: Susan Loucks-Horsley
Curriculum & Materials Support Brainstorm
Presenters: Karen Worth & Sharyn Chesser
  3:40-4:00 Response to comments/concerns from the day
Thursday 7/29 8:00 - Professional Development Brainstorming
Susan Loucks Horsley
Assessment Brainstorming
Marleen Kotelman, Gail Paulin
Support and Enabling Structures Brainstorming
Joan Gilbert
  9:30-9:45 BREAK

Implementation Brainstorm
Sus Loucks Horsley/SRC Staff

Nuts and Bolts For Planning Support
SRC Staff

  11-12:30 Action Team Planning Session
  12:30 LUNCH
Teacher Collaboration & Reflection
Guest Presenter: Dr. Kathy Short, U of A, Language Reading & Culture
  1:30 Finalize Site Plans
  2:20-2:30 BREAK
  2:30-3:30 Critical Friends Review Breakouts
  3:30-4:00 Collect Plan Drafts
(Finals due 9/24/99)
Institute Closure/Evaluation

P.U.L.S.E. Conference Agenda
May 27-28 1999

7:45-8:15 Registration, Notebooks, Breakfast
8:15-8:50 Starting Off
Introductions, Marlene Thier, other guests
Welcome: Dr. Rebecca Montano
Meeting Goals, Agenda Day I, Day II, Notebook

Say Something
Science and Language Links Conference Text
8:50-10:00 Science and Literacy: Crayfish Exploration
Connect language arts to a science experience
Experience the beginnings of inquiry
Linking investigations to big ideas in science... Why are we doing this?
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-11:10 How do Science Literacy Mutually Enhance One Another?
Improving Literacy Through Science - Marlene Thier
UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, SEPUP, CHEM
11:10-11:30 Arizona and TUSD Standards in Science and Literacy
Identifying the connections
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:40-2:00 Looking at Student Work
To provide experience with sample protocols for student work
To explore the value of looking at student work as a professional development activity
2:300-2:10 Break
2:10-3:40 Experience The Private Eye
A Tool for Integrating Science and Literacy
3:40-4:00 Summary and Preview Day II
Sign up for Friday sessions Elementary (2) Middle School (1)

DAY 2  
8:00-9:30 Guest Speaker Astronomer/Writer -- David Levy
From "Authorism" to Professional Writing... A Young Boy's Journal
Wonderings to Adult Published Works
9:30-9:40 Break
9:40-11:05 Session I
  1. Inquiry Science and Reading
    Featured guests:
    Sabrina Cruz, Librarian, White
    Marissa Ballesteros, Jane Furet, Interactive Literacy
    Laura Zaer, Classroom teacher, Miles ELC

  2. Inquiry Science: Impact on Second Language Learners (Middle School)*
    Featured guests:
    Alice McBride, Principal, Meyers-Ganoung
    Alejandra Sotomayor, Bilingual Education

  3. Inquiry Science and Writing
    Featured guests:
    Jane Meyers, Language Arts, LIRC
    Barb Petersen, Librarian, Tully
11:10-12:30 Session II Repeat Breakouts A* (Middle School) B, C
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:35-2:50 Session III Repeat Breakouts A, B, C* (Middle School)
2:50-3:00 Break
2:50-3:45 Summary Reflections Panel
Selected guests reflect on sessions and the relationship of science and literacy. Time for Questions from audience.
3:45-4:00 Evaluation and Closing