Institute for Educational Development


Earle Brown Heritage Center - Brooklyn Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430

February 16, 2022

$279.00 per person

Accelerating Science Learning (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Mary Anne Butler

Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Science Teachers, Department Heads, and Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

  • Accelerate your students’ learning of key science concepts and skills
  • Strengthen student participation to maximize learning in your science classroom
  • Proven techniques for helping your students better access and understand your science content
  • Science phenomenon, activities, and resources in a detailed resource handbook filled with ready-use ideas for accelerating science learning

Practical Strategies

Designed for veteran and novice science educators serving grades 6-12, this interactive and fast-paced seminar is designed to fill your teaching toolbox with practical, evidence-based strategies you will be able to use immediately to accelerate your students’ science learning. In this NEW seminar, outstanding science educator, Mary Anne Butler, will share dozens of highly effective resources and strategies to accelerate students’ learning in any secondary science classroom. Throughout the day, you will learn new and innovative practices to improve student engagement and increase the rate of your students’ achievement in science courses. Working with evidence-based strategies and the Next Generation Science Standards, you will leave better-equipped to motivate and advance student learning in your science content area. You will leave this seminar ready and excited to immediately implement the strategies you have learned!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Accelerate Your Students’ Science Learning
    Learn how to use specific research-based strategies to improve student engagement and accelerate science learning
  2. Understand the Key Elements of Accelerated Learning in Your Science Classroom
    Boost your knowledge of the five essential elements pivotal to the acceleration of students’ science learning
  3. Maximize the Impact of Your Science Assessments to Accelerate Learning
    Discover which assessments are best to maximize your ability to identify your students’ unfinished learning and put your valuable instructional time to best use
  4. Incorporate Principles of Accelerated Learning into Your Science Lessons
    Discover how to more easily focus on the most important standards and motivate your students … Learn classroom-tested strategies that will boost your students’ engagement and accelerate their learning
  5. Set the Stage for Increasing Student Success in Science
    Discover simple strategies to frontload learning so all students can more easily access and grasp your science content and find greater success
  6. Learn How To More Easily Identify and Address your Students’ Science Misconceptions and Misunderstandings
    Your students approach science with a variety of previous learned misconceptions and misunderstandings that get in the way of new learning … Accelerate their learning with practical strategies to intercept and get around this barrier
  7. Discover Resources and Assessments to Demonstrate Relevancy and Interest to Students
    Capture your students’ interest by using more authentic scenarios, case studies and engaging lessons that answer the question, “When will I ever need to know this?”
  8. Create an Optimal Mindset for Science Learning
    Practice doable strategies that promote accelerated learning in your science classroom … Learn how to help students achieve an optimal mindset for learning
  9. Discover Strategies to Better Motivate Your Disengaged or Reluctant Science Learners
    Improve your ability to design lessons and assessments that motivate disengaged or reluctant students while simultaneously providing interesting and optimum challenges for all students
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook for Accelerating Science Learning
    You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar … Included are dozens of practical ideas and resources to accelerate science learning for your students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • The key components essential in lesson and assessment design to accelerate student learning in science
  • Identify specific interventions to improve students’ academic vocabulary, collaborative problem-solving skills, and self-efficacy in science class
  • Uncover supports you can use to help students with executive functioning skills critical in their development as students of science content and processes
  • Find ideas to enhance student competency, interest, and participation in science class
  • Learn research-based feedback strategies to improve classroom climate and student engagement
  • How to help your students make connections between the science content in the classroom and their lives
  • Incorporate simple techniques to improve students’ confidence in reading and writing about science content
  • Implement various grouping strategies to build community amongst the students in your science class
  • Select assessment ideas that encourage student autonomy and goal setting
  • Discover four key practices to incorporate everyday into your classroom proven to accelerate student learning

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

By the time our students make their way to our middle and high school science classes, we know they bring with them a host of misunderstandings, misinformation, misconceptions, and just plain missed or “unfinished” learning. In this one-day seminar, I am proud to share with you many strategies, resources, and activities to address all those barriers and accelerate your students’ learning in any science classroom! I will provide you with dozens of ideas and strategies to improve your students’ learning and engagement in science.

Learn to leverage the key instructional components of accelerated learning in your classroom to dramatically increase your students’ interest and achievement in science. Discover and practice strategies to frontload science content, identify unfinished learning, demonstrate relevancy of science in everyday life, and cultivate greater student interest in science. Learn all this in addition to strategies to increase student engagement and confidence in the post-pandemic classroom environment.

Regardless of the science content you teach, you will leave this seminar empowered with dozens of ideas, resources and strategies that will accelerate learning and engage all your students. You will also leave with an extensive resource handbook, Accelerating Science Learning (Grades 6-12). Come join me and your colleagues to get re-energized and ready to help your students catch up in science more quickly and accelerate their future science learning!

Mary Anne Butler

P.S. You will receive an extensive resource handbook written specifically for this seminar. It is filled with all the strategies, tools, tips and ideas for accelerating your students’ science learning that we’ll discuss during our day together!

Who Should Attend

Science Teachers, Department Heads, and Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Specific ideas and strategies to accelerate your students’ science learning
    • Tips and tools for determining and addressing your students’ science misconceptions
    • Practical resources you can use in your science classroom immediately

    Registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the IED office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their science program and accelerating grades 6-12 science learning.
  3. Consultation Available
    Mary Anne Butler will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own science program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.