SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Don’t simply lecture about science. Lead students in driving their own exploration of science with PhD Science®. We encourage those who are new to PhD Science to participate in professional development before implementing the curriculum. These invaluable sessions are led by our expert team of facilitators who draw on their experience to help participants prepare for and sustain successful implementation. 

PhD Science Virtually

We now offer virtual PhD Science professional development, inspired by the same learning design and goals as our in-person conferences. Two Great Minds®️ facilitators lead between 20 and 35 individual participants in sessions tailored to meet the ongoing needs of teachers. Join educators from around the country for a virtual open enrollment session. 

Virtual Private PD

Come together with educators from your school or district for a private Wit & Wisdom PD session. Great Minds facilitators will work with up to 35 participants in a distance learning environment.

Virtual Implementation Support

Sign up for virtual Implementation Support designed to help leaders support teachers in effectively implementing Wit & Wisdom

Virtual Open Enrollment

Join educators from around the country for an open enrollment virtual PD session. Designed for 20–35 participants, sessions are led by two Great Minds facilitators. View the schedule and sign up for a session at the link below.

“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 PDs I’ve ever attended. Thank you!”

- Virtual PD attendee 

Virtual PD Options

The PhD Science team has crafted a multiyear professional development sequence to support teachers, science coaches, and school leaders. Sessions present the methods and strategies you’ll need to make the shift to student-driven science learning. Select from the following options:


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Launch PhD Science for Levels K–5

Launch PhD Science sessions focus on the curriculum’s learning design, approach to knowledge building, and lesson structure. These sessions detail how each module incorporates hands-on investigations, trade books, and fine art in an age-appropriate manner. Prepare to transition to a student-driven classroom with a focus on building lasting knowledge before implementing lessons in the classroom. 

Focus on Instructional Techniques I

Dive into PhD Science resources and learn how to use practical planning tools and strategies to build your content knowledge while preparing for curriculum implementation. Explore the anchor model and anchor chart—two key visuals that allow students to expand upon their curiosity and document layers of knowledge as they develop. Join a Focus session six to eight weeks into implementation. 

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VIRTUAL COACHING OPTIONS

PhD Science virtual coaching sessions are designed for new and experienced classroom teachers, science coaches, and school leaders. Grade-level teams and professional learning communities are encouraged to participate together to enrich the experience and build on their learning. Sessions are designed for 12 to 25 participants who have already completed a Launch PhD Science session. Select from the following options:


Planning and Preparing by Using Checks for Understanding

Teachers are invited to explore how using Checks for Understanding helps students build their science knowledge throughout a PhD Science module. Learn how to use this lesson-level formative assessment tool to monitor learning as well as guide instructional decisions and pacing. This session is currently available only for Levels 3–5.

Advancing Science Instruction With Collaborative Conversations

Examine collaborative conversations as an instructional routine in three-dimensional teaching and learning in PhD Science. Guided by a session facilitator and alongside other educators, participants will also explore ways to maintain collaborative conversations among students in a virtual learning setting. 

Managing a Student-Driven Classroom

In this teacher-facing session, participants and facilitators identify the keys to successful classroom management and the role they play in pacing. Participants will develop skills in conducting small- and large-group discussions and supervising student-led, hands-on investigations.

Learn Anywhere with PhD Science in Sync

Learn how to effectively implement PhD Science in Sync and sustainably support students in a continuous learning model. Complete with knowledge building materials and video content,  this virtual coaching session covers tailoring instruction to suit any learning model, whether in the classroom, online-only, or hybrid learning. This session is currently available for Levels K–5. 

Plan PD or Coaching for Your School

Whether you’re ready to register for a session or still weighing your professional development options, connect with us! Together, we’ll make the best plan to meet your goals.