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April 18-19, 2017

8:30am- 4:30 pm

April 20, 2017

8:30am- 12:00 pm



  • Holiday Inn – Town Lake
  • 20 North IH-35
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • View Map/Get Directions

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 turnaround training that is pedagogy. 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.



Barry Kluger-Bell will lead a 2.5 day Assessment facilitation academy to prepare participants to effectively lead a 20+ hour professional development course for teachers in their local collaboratives.  The workshop will introduce the Formative Assessment Cycle, a process by which teachers gather evidence of students’ thinking and use this evidence to decide next steps for teaching.  The training is based on the “Assessing for Learning” workshop developed by the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry in collaboration with teacher, researcher and author Wynne Harlen.

Sessions address the following topics:

Introduction to Formative Assessment—Participants reflect on how they currently view assessment and then examine a model that describes assessment as a cycle of events.

Assessing Process Skills—Participants learn how to observe and interpret students’ use of the process skills of science.

Effective Questioning—Participants explore how different kinds of questions can reveal students’ science ideas.

Assessing Science Ideas—Participants create indicators of development for specific scientific ideas and consider the nature of feedback that supports student learning.

Student Self-Assessment—Participants investigate the value of students assessing their own and peers’ work.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 17 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.



  • Mary Hobbs, Ph. D.
  • Coordinator for Science Initiatives
  • 512.471.8729


Room block set up at the workshop site here.


Cut off date: March 29, 2017 (or when block fills)



Parking is free at the Holiday Inn – Town Lake




$60.00 per day for each participant.

$180.00 total per participant for this 2.5-day workshop.

  •      Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  •      Payments are due before this event.
  •      Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  •      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 Reimbursement

Transportation expenses for TRC collaborative attendees will be reimbursed.* Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event.

*If you owe money to any State of Texas organization or entity, whatever amount you were to receive may be credited toward your debt.

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.