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Science Faculty Collaborative Regional Workshops

The Science Faculty Collaborative of the College and Career Readiness Initiative conducted a series of regional workshops across the state of Texas. The workshops aimed to improve & promote the effective teaching of science education in Texas as part of the Closing the Gaps initiative. They focused on teaching the nature of science, scientific applications of mathematics, and the use of technology in science, incorporating the College and Career Readiness Standards.

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September 28, 2012: University of Texas - Tyler. Presented by Ali Azghani & Randy Back.

October 5th, 2012: Baylor University, Waco. Presented by Maria DeMesa, Madelone McCall, & Suzanne Nesmith.

October 12th, 2012: Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, Medical Center Northwest, San Antonio. Presented by Jennifer Mount.

November 30th, 2012: The Woodlands. Presented by C. Renee James, Scott Miller, & Andrea Foster.

February 8, 2013: Crowne Plaze, Austin. Presented by Jennifer Mount.

March 22nd, 2013: University of Houston - Downtown. Presented by Jon Aoki & Kevin White.

April 19th, 2013: Hotel Indigo, Waco. Presented by Maria DeMesa, Madelone McCall, & Suzanne Nesmith.

April 26th, 2013: Texas Womens University, Denton. Presented by Sandra Westmoreland, Rita Rich, & Jacques Garcia.

April 26th 2013: Moody Gardens, Galveston. Presented by Jon Aoki & Mian Jiang.

April 26th 2013: University of Texas - Tyler. Presented by Ali Azghani & Randy Back.

Nature of Science: Scientific Ways of Learning and Thinking

March 23-24, 2012

The CCRI-SFC workshop, held in San Antonio, focused on the Nature of Science: Scientific Ways of Learning and Thinking.  Workshops addressed the importance of, the assessment of,  and methods to embed Nature of Science into science and science education undergraduate courses. This professional development opportunity for Texas higher education faculty is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as part of the College and Career Readiness Initiative.

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Supporting Success in College Science: CCRS and Scientific Applications of Mathematics

November 3-4, 2011

This symposium was a collaborative event in conjunction with the Mathematics faculty collaborative. It was held over 2 days at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. It focused on ways in which mathematics is integral to scientific inquiry, and how science may provide a practical application of mathematical concepts.

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Workshop: Creating Team-Based Learning Activities Incorporating the CCRS

July 7 - 9, 2011

Participants spent three days at Moody Gardens Resort and conference center learning to create Team Based Learning activities, which incorporated the College and Career Readiness Standards. The workshop was designed to build on the knowledge and experiences gained during the CCRI's previous workshop, Strategies for teaching large undergraduate science classes with team-based learning and CCRS.

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Workshop: Promoting College Readiness by Integrating Communication and Information Technology

June 9-10, 2011

This workshop focused on the importance of utilizing information and communication technologies for college and career readiness in science education; sing online data sources to have students investigate scientific patterns and processes, and organize, manage, and analyze information; and, strategies for infusing communication technologies to support collaboration, inquiry, and enhance student investment and learning.

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Workshop: Strategies for Teaching Large Undergraduate Science Classes with Team-Based Learning and CCRS

March 25-26, 2011

This workshop focused on methods for implementing team based learning in large undergraduate classes to facilitate group learning as well as ways to incorporate the College and Career Readiness Standards. Featured speakers included Dr. Michael Sweet, Dr. David Grise, and Dr. Edward McKee.

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Perspectives in Geographic and Scientific Literacy

November 5-6, 2010

This symposium addressed ways to create authentic learning and experiences for educators in Science and Social Studies. This symposium focused on geopolitical and environmental issues. Featured speakers included Dr. Harm de Blij, author, professor, and commentator who specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues, and Ms. Jean Johnson, Executive Vice President of Public Agenda, and co-author of Who Turned Out the Lights: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis.

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CCRIFC Mathematics and Science Summit

September 23-24, 2010

This summit featured the work of Texas leadership initiatives in mathematics/science education and provided participants with timely information about the wide variety of activities, services, resources and opportunities available through these various initiatives. The summit was hosted by the Texas Faculty Collaborative and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

For more information on this event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., TSUS at (512) 716-4534 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., TAMUCC at (361) 825-2142.

 

Understanding by Design: Infusing CCRS into Science Classrooms

This workshop featured key elements of Understanding by Design, How People Learn and the science College and Career Readiness Standards.  To make these principles concrete, participants brought a science classroom lesson that had a hands-on component (laboratory, for example) but that still needed refinement and redesigned the lesson based on UBD principles.

For more information on this event, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., TAMUCC at (361) 825-2142.

 

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2010

August 1-5, 2010

The 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) was held August 1-5, 2010 at University of North Texas, Denton.  BCCE is the largest gathering of chemical educators in the world and is designed to provide educators opportunities to interact with chemistry instructors at all levels in formal and informal settings.  The conference emphasizes the improvement of chemical education and relates modern developments in chemistry to classroom instruction.

For more information on this event, see the BCCE 2010 website.