Creating excellent learning opportunities for all students requires teachers to possess high levels of knowledge and skills. The Big Bang Theory will walk educators through a step-by-step process to expertly blend the science of teaching (data and curriculum) with the art of teaching (relationship building and engagement strategies). In this Sheldon meets Penny experience, teacher practitioners and school leaders will study how master teachers navigate the relationship between the concrete and abstract elements of instruction in order to maximize student success.
Participants will examine how data collection, analysis and usage inform all aspects of instruction, including content, process and product. Common Core integration will be paramount. The examination of these elements of effective instruction will inform a comprehensive process for lesson design that integrates both the science and art of teaching. This seminar will guide participants to discover the often mysterious artistic elements employed by distinguished teachers in order to profoundly impact their effectiveness in ensuring all students succeed.
- Identify key learning targets;
- Create essential questions;
- Develop a solid understanding of formative and summative assessment;
- Leave this three-day workshop with a completed lesson plan that integrates all elements of the Understanding by Design.
During each day of this seminar, participants will participate in whole-group activities to provide participants with common understanding. Additionally, each day will provide time for content-specific application activities, allowing for collaboration between schools and a deeper understanding of how the Understanding by Design applies to each specific content area.
The Big Bang Theory:
The Science and Art of
Teaching Excellent Lessons by Design
August 24-26, 2015
9:00am – 3:30pm
Institute for Excellence in Education
711 West Pickard Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Lunch will be provided.
Steve Hoelscher has over 30 years of school experience, working in a variety of positions ranging from teacher to counselor, principal, and school board member. During his tenure as a middle school principal, his school was recognized as a Michigan School to Watch for its academic excellence, social equity and developmental responsiveness, and for demonstrating significant gains in student learning. He is the former director of Michigan Middle Start and has served on the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Steve is currently a leadership coach for the Institute for Excellence in Education and supports schools with leadership, cooperative learning, and middle-grades best practices. Steve specializes in Understanding by Design and facilitates professional development workshops that help teachers develop unit and lesson plans that promote teaching for meaning and understanding.
SCECHs (formerly SB-CEUs)
Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours are available for an additional fee.
Event Registration Cancellation Policy
Transfer: Registrations are transferrable, but not refundable. Substitutions for persons attending can be made up to one day in advance of the event without charge.
Cancellation by Participant: No refunds will be given, but a voucher for attendance at another Institute for Excellence in Education event will be offered and will be valid for one full year.
Cancellation by IEE: In the event of circumstances beyond its control, the Institute for Excellence in Education reserves the right to amend or cancel any event. If the Institute for Excellence in Education cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.