Argument Driven Inquiry



June 1-3, 2015

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM




Eligible Attendees

Initial registration is limited to one participant from each TRC Science Collaborative. The individual attending the PDA should plan to be the primary presenter for a five-day turnaround training that is both pedagogy and content intense. If your attendee is not qualified in both roles, please consider recruiting an additional individual after the PDA to meet the content expertise requirements for the turnaround training. Total number of participants is limited to 40. Please email Mary Hobbs at to be placed on the waiting list before registering more than one individual.



This session is an introduction to a new approach to laboratory instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI).  Teachers can use this approach to help students learn both science content and process TEKS. It also helps students learn how to communicate through talk and writing in the context of science.  Current research indicates that this new instructional approach can help students learn more from their laboratory experiences and is appropriate for all students. This general session is for teachers of any middle or high school science course. Participants will have an opportunity to experience an example of an ADI lab investigation first hand, examine samples of student work, and learn how to support students during an ADI lab investigation. Participants will also learn how to integrate ADI into a science curriculum and how to transform an existing lab activity into a lab investigation that is consistent with the ADI approach.


Download a copy of the agenda in PDF format.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 24 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Participants should receive the certificate two to three weeks after the PDA. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.





No hotel block arrangements have been made by the TRC for this event. Make reservations at an area hotel of your choice, asking for state rate.  See a list of nearby hotels linked below.



Parking is available in the Brazos Garage at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Brazos St.  Participants will receive a parking pass each day at the workshop itself.

Directions to Brazos Garage



  • Cost:
    • $50.00 per day for each participant.
    • $150.00 total per participant for this 3-day workshop.
  • Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  • Payments are due before the event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations.
  • Event limited to 40 participants.


Registration Payment

  • Participants can pay by credit card or check. The registration confirmation email will contain all the necessary information you need to provide to your business offices regarding credit card payment records and check processing instructions.
  • Checks for registration need to be made out to “The University of Texas at Austin.” Please send to the attention of Jeff Early along with the printed registration confirmation email.
  • Transportation expenses will be reimbursed. Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event. All participants are responsible for their own lodging reservations and payments.


Registration Instructions

Click the registration button below to register your attendance. You will be asked your name, email, and collaborative. If you are not the project director, you will need to enter your project director’s email address as well. If you have multiple people attending, please fill out this form for each person that will be attending. You may need to quit and restart your browser to enter multiple people. If you need technical help with the registration page, send an email to the: TRC Web Team.

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