The Knowles Academy offers state-of-the-art professional development experiences for teachers. All Academy courses are designed and facilitated by experienced teachers who understand the complexities of teaching in today’s world.

Through this Knowles Academy course, math and science teachers will work in small, collaborative groups as they learn to provide increased opportunities for students by increasing their use of high cognitive demand tasks in their classrooms.

Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Math & Science

This professional development course is designed to support teachers who aim to increase engagement through the tasks and activities they design and/or modify for students. Through an introductory, six-day virtual workshop with both synchronous and asynchronous components, this course will help math and science teachers learn how to design and modify learning experiences for all students that are accessible and challenging and lead to a strengthened conceptual understanding of the content.  Teachers will also become more closely acquainted with the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics and Scientific Discussions. Using this resource as a framework, teachers will learn to engage more students in authentic mathematics and science in ways that are aligned with the changing landscape of education in the U.S. so that all students see themselves as doers of math and science.

Course Highlights

  • Teachers will expand their definition of what it looks and sounds like for students to authentically engage in math and/or science
  • Teachers will practice taking a learner stance and considering a variety of possible student experiences as they engage in math and/or science
  • Teachers will be able to identify and modify authentic math and/or science tasks that are cognitively demanding and accessible for all students
  • Teachers will expand their toolbox of strategies for implementing authentic tasks and engaging all students in learning science and/or math content

Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Math & Science

Dates: November 1, 2023; November 8, 2023; November 15, 2023; November 29, 2023; December 6, 2023; December 13, 2023
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom
Price: $50

Optional graduate course credit is available; three graduate course credits for $375


Academy Services

All Knowles Academy courses can be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and/or districts. Please use the below form to request information about custom services.

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