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For nearly a decade, Brazos Valley area educators have benefited from hands-on workshops and other high-impact professional development activities offered for free by the Texas A&M-College Station Regional Collaborative for Science.

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Area educators interested in expanding their educations this summer have several exciting options, courtesy of the Texas A&M-College Station Regional Collaborative for Science.

For nearly a decade, the Collaborative has been working to improve student achievement in K-12 mathematics and science by providing quality resources and professional development activities for their teachers. Since 2005, the organization has hosted a variety of free workshops, seminars, field trips and training events -- each intended to give educators a new perspective on STEM subjects, from teaching and learning them to real-world applications, as well as networking and idea-swapping opportunities.

"Ideally, they will take back what they've learned and share it with other teachers as well as their students," says project director Carolyn M. Schroeder, an associate research scientist with the Texas A&M Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE). "They are all committed to being lifelong learners."

Each workshop features hands-on activities designed to translate back into the classroom. These sessions can count toward professional development hours -- typically six hours per workshop -- or toward continuing education credits. Following completion of each workshop, participants receive a certificate verifying the completed hours.

Texas A&M's is one of 66 P-16 partnerships within the award-winning statewide Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC) network designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to engage students in meaningful science and mathematics learning experiences. Activities are designed to improve students' scientific, mathematical and technological literacy, and to inspire them to pursue science and engineering related careers. Each year the group's annual meeting brings together teacher leaders, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to share, network, communicate and celebrate achievements by the collaboratives.

Click here for additional information on the Texas A&M Regional Collaborative for Science.

To register for any of the following workshops, email Dorothy Christopher at dchristopher@science.tamu.edu, indicating which workshop(s) you plan to attend.

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Monday, July 7 - Seed to Plate: Join us for a one-day training for K-12 teachers covering the scientific and mathematical analysis of "seed to plate." This training will explore the transport, storage and, ultimately, consumption of grains and other food products. Each participant will receive approximately $250 in classroom supplies. Location: Bryan High School, Room 5226; 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Leaders: Sara Flusche and Lisa Bellows, NCTC. Limited to first 30 registrants!

Thursday-Friday, July 31-August 1 -- Using Formative Assessment to Improve Instruction: This two-day workshop will explore how to use the TEKS to align and guide instruction, and applications of formative assessment strategies to advance learning for all students. Each participant will receive a copy of one of Page Keeley's books on formative assessment. Location: TBA; 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Leaders: Carolyn Schroeder (Texas A&M) and Karen Killion (Blinn College). Limited to first 30 registrants!

Thursday, August 7 -- Field Sketching for Science Teachers: Can't draw a straight line? Then we have the perfect workshop for you! If you haven't drawn it, then you really haven't seen it. Learn to look at nature in a different perspective. Each participant will receive a sketchbook and drawing supplies. Location: Outdoors (exact location TBA); 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Leader: Joy Sechelski. Limited to first 20 registrants!

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Contact: Carolyn M. Schroeder, (979) 458-8001 or cschroeder@science.tamu.edu

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  • Model Learning Experiences

    Using a provided 3-D model of Mount Capulin in New Mexico, teachers Linda Bazard (College Park High School, Conroe ISD) and Ana Osth (South Knoll Elementary School, College Station ISD) added water in increments, traced the resulting shapes through observation and then recreated a 3-D model in paper form during a recent petroleum-related workshop.

  • Derricks of Distinction

    Armed with finite materials (namely dry pasta and marshmallows), petroleum workshop participants had to create a weight-bearing structure within a 20-minute time limit. The designs (above and below) were as unique as their creators.

  • Hands On, High Impact

    Patricia Matte-Swart (Oak Ridge High School, Conroe ISD) and Edward Swart (The Woodlands High School, Conroe ISD) are two of a dozen area K-12 teachers who recently learned more about the ins and outs of oil and gas and how to apply those lessons in their classrooms through the Texas A&M Regional Collaborative.

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