Department of Science/Mathematics Education

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Professional Development

PASCO Summer Institute 2009

The Department of Science/Mathematics Education welcomes you to our campus this summer. Whether you are a science educator new to probeware or seasoned probeware user, PASCO Summer Institutes will help you take full advantage of teaching with your PASCO probeware. In these in-depth workshops you will work alongside experienced facilitators and fellow science teachers in a collegial atmosphere and learn through an effective mix of demonstrations and hands-on activities. Attend a two-day PASCO Summer Institute and return to your classroom with a solid foundation for effectively integrating PASCO probeware into your science curriculum and with labs you can implement right away. Every Summer Institute participant will receive:

  • A comprehensive workshop manual with clearly written instructional material, plus a companion CD
  • A sampler of PASCO lab activities
  • Lunch each day of the workshop
  • Access to an online collaborative environment to extend communications and exchange ideas with your Summer Institute colleagues throughout the year.

You can find information about all the PASCO Institutes and registration materials by following the links.

Participants interested in receiving course credit for the Institute can receive three hours of graduate credit from The University of Texas at Dallas; fall tuition is approximately $1,800. If interested, please go to Admission Process for Graduate Students; note that you do not need the GRE to be accepted into the Science Education Program. Please follow up your application with an email to Mary Ann Snedecor letting her know that you are interested in enrolling for summer classes.


UT Dallas was pleased to offer two Teacher Quality Professional Development Grants Programs for 2005-2006: Middle School Science I (Grades 6/7) and Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)

Middle School Science, Grades 6 & 7: Taking them to the top! II

The Science/Mathematics Education Department and the Teacher Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas invite science teachers to apply for candidacy in an innovative long-term professional development program called: Taking them to the Top II. As life-long learners, teachers know how to ‘fish’; this program will provide a structure to help them ‘choose the bait’. Designed specifically for current or prospective middle school teachers, the year-long hands-on experience includes an intensive summer session (9:30a-3:30p, June 9 and 13-17) and the following academic year (Monday evening, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 semesters).

Teachers will be instructed in the use of various scientific and educational technologies and exposed to an array of curriculum tools and resources. Participants will gain high-quality lesson plans that incorporate materials in ways that meet the specific needs of his/her respective students. By the end of the program, each teacher will have a comprehensive portfolio that documents his/her understanding of science and includes hands-on, inquiry-based lessons and technology-based applications for the classroom that are aligned with the TEKS, District Standards, and TAKS objectives.

Participants will earn 9 graduate-level semester credit hours (one fourth of the requirements) toward a Master of Arts in Teaching Science Education degree. The program includes tuition and fees, course materials and textbook, conference support, and more!
Space is limited to 20 teachers  . . .
Realizing the potential,

Cynthia E. Ledbetter, Ph.D. - Head, Science/Mathematics Education Department
Rebekah K. Nix, Ph.D. - Senior Lecturer, Teacher Development Center

Integrated Physics and Chemistry: The Physical Universe in the Classroom

This intensive course series is designed to build a strong conceptual foundation in basic physics for participants and extend that knowledge into both chemistry and more challenging aspects of the IPC/physics curriculum. Integrating quality content into inquiry-based classroom applications is the hallmark of this highly-successful program, which will be moving into its 3rd funded year. Participants will earn 9 graduate-level semester credit hours (one third of the science requirements) toward a Master of Arts in Teaching Science Education degree. The program includes tuition and fees, course materials and textbook, local field trips, and more!

Designed specifically for current or prospective IPC teachers, but open to other teachers of physical science content, the year-long instruction includes an intensive summer institute (9:30a - 3:30p, June 20-July 1 and July 5-7) followed by regular evening course work during the academic year. The 2½ week Summer Institute will cover topics of Force and Motion (Newtonian Mechanics), which will serve as a foundation for topics to follow during the academic year including: matter, waves, sound, temperature and heat, light, chemical reactions, electricity and magnetism, and the frontiers of modern physics.

Teachers will increase their own content knowledge through fun, relevant experiences directly applicable in their own teaching and evaluate a variety of curriculum tools and resources for their own use. Each participant will produce high-quality lesson plans that incorporate materials in ways that meet the specific needs of their respective students. Making connections between physical sciences and the everyday world and providing teachers with tools to make the physical sciences understandable for all students is a major goal of the program. By the end of the fall/spring coursework, each teacher will have produced a portfolio that documents his/her understanding of science and includes hands-on, inquiry-based lessons aligned with the TEKS, District Standards, and TAKS objectives.
Space is limited. Application deadline is April 15, 2005. Qualified candidates will be sent a registration packet to expedite admission to the grant program and UTD. For more information, please contact Dr. Mary L. Urquhart.

  • Updated: November 29, 2010