January 9-13, 2017

Monday- Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • George I Sanchez Building (SZB room 312)
  • 1912 Speedway
  • Austin, TX 78712
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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 maryhobbs@utexas.edu to be placed on the waiting list before registering more than one individual.



WestEd will lead a 5-day Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter facilitation academy to prepare participants to effectively lead a 40-hour professional development course for teachers in their collaboratives. Facilitation academy participants will:

  • Experience a teacher course first hand, collaboratively make sense of vexing science concepts, explore the practice of teaching, and consider how to support writing in the classroom
  • Collaboratively investigate the art of facilitation, including strategies for promoting evidence-based conversations among teachers and strategies for supporting teachers’ analysis of student work and use of formative assessments
  • Learn core principles of effective facilitation in science

Teachers begin the Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter course by exploring the properties of matter and making sense of the property of density using multiple representations and data sets. Next, teachers investigate the nature of matter, including kinetic theory, states of matter, and the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures at a molecular level. Teachers then build on their fundamental understanding of matter by taking a systematic approach to making sense of the physical and chemical changes that matter undergoes. Teachers also have an opportunity to delve into the composition of matter at an atomic level, exploring it using various models and investigating the ways in which atoms themselves can change. The course wraps up with teachers using the principles learned throughout the course to explain and demonstrate the practical, real-world interactions involving matter (e.g., sinking and floating, combustion, photosynthesis). Throughout the Matter course, teachers make sense of several foundational science concepts (e.g., systems, cause & effect, patterns). They also practice using evidence in their discourse, scientific modeling, and systems thinking as they investigate and explain phenomena related to matter.

Analysis of the MSS: Matter course for teacher learning finds excellent alignment with the following:

TEKS grade 6: 2A–E, 3A–C, 5A–D, 6A–C; grade 7: 3A–C, 4A, 6A; and grade 8: 3A–C, 4A, 5A–E.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 40 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.




Sleeping rooms are available at the Double Tree Austin University Area, on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here to book at the Double Tree.

Group Name: TRC WestED PDA

Group Code: TRW

Check-in: January 8th, 2017

Check-out: January 13th, 2017

Hotel Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin – University Area

Hotel Address: 1617 North Interstate 35, Austin, Texas, 78702

Hotel Phone Number: 512.479.4000



Validated parking is available in the Brazos Garage at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Brazos Street. Pull a paper ticket to park in the garage, and participants will receive a prepaid parking pass each day at the workshop to leave the garage.

Directions to Brazos Garage




$60.00 per day for each participant.

$300.00 total per participant for this 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.



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.


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.