Frequently Asked Questions about our Professional Development

How do I bring face-to-face Investigations professional development to my district?

Whether you want customized PD or to host one of our offerings, call us at 617-873-9785 or email us at investigations@terc.edu and we will arrange to go to your district.

What is the daily schedule for face-to-face PD?
Our workshop and institute days are typically 6 hours – from 8 to 3 – though they vary by site. You should expect to have readings each night.
Can I schedule an online course that is only for the teachers in my district?

Yes. Contact us us—617-873-9785—to schedule an online course exclusively for the teachers in your district.

Can a team from a school/district attend an online course together?

Yes. Teams from schools who have attended together have met face-to-face at their school/district to review and reflect on the week’s assignments. We have heard positive comments from those who had that ‘blended’ opportunity. They are still responsible to engage in the course’s Discussion Forum conversations.

What is the weekly schedule of an online course?

Each week starts on Wednesday and ends on the following Tuesday. Our online courses are asynchronous, so there is no set time when everyone meets together; each person decides on their own schedule. Typically, participants spend 3-5 hours going through the activities, readings, and reflections of the week’s session. Participants engage in conversations on the Discussion Forum for the course: they post, read and reply to others’ comments.

What materials do I need for the online course?

All readings and handouts for activities and games are provided online. We recommend manipulatives for some sessions, depending on the course. We have found virtual options for most manipulatives.

Can I do the work of an online course on a tablet or phone?

Yes, you can access the course via a tablet and mobile phone. A few interactive pieces in the course may only be accessed by computer. Tablets and phones are great ways to keep up with the conversations on the Discussion Forum and complete reading assignments.

What is your cancellation/substitution policy?

Substitutions may be made up to the first day of the offering. Cancellations may be made 21 days prior to the first day of the offering, in writing, without penalty. Cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the first day of the offering will result in a $100 cancellation fee. Any participant who does not attend the offering and did not submit a written notice of cancellation forfeits the entire registration fee. TERC reserves the right to cancel an offering if enrollment is insufficient. In that event, a full refund of the registration will be made to the participant.

Have a question we didn’t answer? Contact us to learn more about our offerings, to discuss hosting a Workshop or Institute, or to have a conversation about which offering might be best given your particular situation, needs, goals and objectives.

Telephone: 617.873.9785
Fax: 617.873.9601
Email: investigations@terc.edu

This workshop has strengthened my confidence and ability to go in front of parents and board members to talk about what we’re doing in math.

— Teacher, New Mexico

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