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PD Workshops

We offer engaging, hands-on professional development that models the use of research-based strategies and classroom-ready resources. We would love to bring our training to your district, either virtually or face-to-face, and help meet your needs! We also sometimes host open events for individual teachers to attend; check out our Upcoming Events page to see what open professional learning events we’re currently offering.

  • Instructional Practices
  • STAAR Support
  • Critical Thinking
  • Literacy
  • Thinking Like a Scientist
  • Serving Special Populations
  • New Teacher Induction

Building Critical Thinking Classrooms

How can we encourage all of our students to think deeper and more critically? Asking good questions, analyzing information, and drawing conclusions are crucial skills for success in the science classroom. In addition, cultivating strong reasoning skills is so important for 21st century learners.

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Speaking of Science: Promoting Academic Conversation

How do we empower all students to speak with confidence in our classrooms? Current research is clear on the benefits of getting students talking about the content. It helps our students become better readers and writers, has a significant impact on retention and prepares them for the real world!

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Fostering Student Success on STAAR 2.0

STAAR will be shifting towards more innovative, interactive item types with less emphasis on traditional multiple-choice assessment. Participants in this engaging session will not only learn about new item types, but also how to use strategies that prepare students for the level of thinking and skills needed to be successful on the new STAAR.

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Think Big Learning Biology EOC STAAR Blitz

Need engaging ways to review for the Biology EOC? This 6-hour session models rigorous, interactive formative assessment activities that address all readiness standards and prepare students for success on the EOC! Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well.

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Think Big Learning Grade 8 STAAR Blitz

Looking for effective, interactive STAAR review strategies? This 6-hour session models engaging, rigorous formative assessment activities that address all readiness and some supporting standards. Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well.

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Think Big Learning Grade 5 STAAR Blitz​

Looking to infuse your STAAR review with rigor and fun? This 6-hour session models engaging formative assessment activities that address all readiness and some supporting standards. Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well. 

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Building Critical Thinking Classrooms

How can we encourage all of our students to think deeper and more critically? Asking good questions, analyzing information, and drawing conclusions are crucial skills for success in the science classroom. In addition, cultivating strong reasoning skills is so important for 21st century learners.

Learn More »

Fostering Student Success on STAAR 2.0

STAAR will be shifting towards more innovative, interactive item types with less emphasis on traditional multiple-choice assessment. Participants in this engaging session will not only learn about new item types, but also how to use strategies that prepare students for the level of thinking and skills needed to be successful on the new STAAR.

Learn More »

Speaking of Science: Promoting Academic Conversation

How do we empower all students to speak with confidence in our classrooms? Current research is clear on the benefits of getting students talking about the content. It helps our students become better readers and writers, has a significant impact on retention and prepares them for the real world!

Learn More »

Think Big Learning Biology EOC STAAR Blitz

Need engaging ways to review for the Biology EOC? This 6-hour session models rigorous, interactive formative assessment activities that address all readiness standards and prepare students for success on the EOC! Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well.

Learn More »

Speaking of Science: Promoting Academic Conversation

How do we empower all students to speak with confidence in our classrooms? Current research is clear on the benefits of getting students talking about the content. It helps our students become better readers and writers, has a significant impact on retention and prepares them for the real world!

Learn More »

Speaking of Science: Promoting Academic Conversation

How do we empower all students to speak with confidence in our classrooms? Current research is clear on the benefits of getting students talking about the content. It helps our students become better readers and writers, has a significant impact on retention and prepares them for the real world!

Learn More »

Think Big Learning Biology EOC STAAR Blitz

Need engaging ways to review for the Biology EOC? This 6-hour session models rigorous, interactive formative assessment activities that address all readiness standards and prepare students for success on the EOC! Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well.

Learn More »

Think Big Learning Grade 8 STAAR Blitz

Looking for effective, interactive STAAR review strategies? This 6-hour session models engaging, rigorous formative assessment activities that address all readiness and some supporting standards. Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well.

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Think Big Learning Grade 5 STAAR Blitz​

Looking to infuse your STAAR review with rigor and fun? This 6-hour session models engaging formative assessment activities that address all readiness and some supporting standards. Participants will leave with digital copies of the activities that can be used to check for understanding, not only before the STAAR, but throughout the year as well. 

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Exploring Practices for Highly Effective Instruction

These engaging sessions focus on equipping teachers with practices that allow them to establish and maintain a learning environment with high levels of student achievement. We immerse participants in six interrelated, research-based practices that together form a system for effective planning, instruction, and assessment in all classrooms.  

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