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We know that with the proper support, high-quality instructional materials can transform teaching and learning. That’s why our team of teacherwriters are the ones to craft all of our professional development and why we make sure educators with firsthand experience teaching the curriculum lead each session.

Great Minds® is the exclusive provider of professional development written and delivered by the PhD Science® team.

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Professional Development

Created by the team of teacher–writers behind PhD Science, our in-person and virtual professional development sessions include options for teachers and leaders. These sessions ensure strong initial implementation as well as sustained success.

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Professional Coaching

Through modeling and observation, our professional coaching help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices.

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RECOMMENDED LEARNING PLAN

Implementing PhD Science with Fidelity

To set educators up for success with PhD Science, our team of teacher–writers created the three-year plan below, which integrates both professional development and personalized coaching so all teachers can feel confident with the curriculum. Because we know that when teachers feel prepared and well-versed in the curriculum, students thrive.

Year 1:

Profesional Development

SUMMER
(before implementation)


Foundational Professional Development Sessions

  • Launch PhD Science Levels K–5


FALL

Foundational Professional Development Sessions

  • Module-Level Study


SPRING

Foundational Professional Development Sessions

  • Focus on Instructional Techniques I


END OF YEAR

Profesional Coaching

SUMMER
(before implementation)


Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Lead Implementation for Administrators

FALL

Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observation for Leaders
  • Nurturing a Student-Driven Classroom
  • Managing a Student-Driven Classroom

SPRING
Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observation for Leaders
  • Pacing for a Student-Driven Classroom
  • Preparing for a Student-Driven Classroom

END OF YEAR
Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

Year 2:

Profesional Development

SUMMER/FALL

SustainingProfessional Development Sessions

  • Focus on Instructional Techniques II


SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Focus on Instructional Techniques III

END OF YEAR

Profesional Coaching

SUMMER/FALL


Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

  • Discourse for a Student-Driven Classroom


SPRING

Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observation for Leaders
  • Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

END OF YEAR
Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

Year 3:

Profesional Development

SUMMER/FALL

Sustaining Professional Development Sessions

  • Focus on Instructional Techniques IV


SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Session

  • Grade Band Progression

END OF YEAR

Profesional Coaching

SUMMER/FALL


Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

  • Planning and Preparing by Using Checks for Understanding


SPRING

Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observation for Leaders
  • Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively

END OF YEAR
Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

 

Hear from educators who previously attended Great Minds Professional Development

Thanks so much for creating meaning opportunities in today's PD to make the learning experience purposeful. I loved the way the instructional routines were interwoven throughout today's presentation.

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 PD's I've ever attended. Thank you!

Isaac did an excellent job of modeling how to teach these modules! He was engaging and fun!

This PD has got me so excited to get back to the classroom with my students. Thank you for this program.

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