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Texas Science Authors and Contributors

Dr. Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. Texas Science reflects Dr. Fisher’s expertise in improving student comprehension using visual supports, explanation through writing, and contextual word support.

Bob Pflugfelder

Bob Pflugfelder (Science Bob)

Science Bob is a science teacher, author, maker, and presenter with a vast social media following. He is a regular guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Live with Kelly and Ryan," "The Dr. Oz Show," and Nickelodeon's "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn." Spark students' science imagination and ignite problem solving through Texas Science experiments and demos that Science Bob designed to expand science beyond the walls of the classroom.

Dr. Cindy Guerrero

Cindy Guerrero, Ph.D.

Dr. Cindy Guerrero is a research scientist at Texas A&M University in the School of Education & Human Development. She has eight years of experience as a public school teacher and 18 years of experience coordinating and leading large-scale federal research grants related to literacy and science instructional interventions for economically challenged students and emergent bilinguals/English-language learners (EBs/ELs). Her contributions to Texas Science have helped ensure ALL learners can succeed in the science classroom.

Dr. Julie Jackson

Julie Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Jackson is an associate professor of science education at Texas State University. In 2008, Julie created Interactive Science Word Walls that strategically target academic vocabulary with student-generated graphic organizers. Find Dr. Jackson’s Interactive Word Walls throughout the Texas Science program to maximize student vocabulary learning, leading to meaningful connections to TEKS concepts.

Page Keeley, M. Ed.

Page Keeley, M.Ed.

Page Keeley is an internationally known leader in science education. She is the developer and primary author of the award-winning "Uncovering Student Ideas in Science" series and the "Formative Assessment: Practical Strategies Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning" series. Texas Science lessons include a Page Keeley Science Probe and productive lesson strategy to promote student thinking and discussion to reveal misconceptions and inform targeted instruction.

Dr. Felicia Mensah, Ph. D.

Felicia Mensah, Ph.D.

Dr. Felicia Mensah is a professor of science and education at Teachers College and the vice chair for the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology. Dr. Mensah provides expertise on life science as well as diversity and inclusion in all science experiences and STEM education.

Dinah Zike, M. Ed.

Dinah Zike, M.Ed.

Dinah Zike is a pioneer in the development and implementation of three-dimensional, kinesthetic teaching aids. Over the last 45+ years, Dinah has invented hundreds of graphic organizers and educational manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally as instructional strategies by teachers, educational publishing companies, universities, and curriculum consultants. Texas Science reflects Dinah’s NEW carefully crafted, intuitive notebook activities designed to improve student writing skills, deepen scientific understanding, and provide reflection opportunities.

White Papers

Innovation and Implication of 3-Dimensional Learning in the TEKS
Recurring Themes and Concepts
CER with the TEKS
NCSS Scientific and Engineering Practices
Untangling Science Inquiry and Engineering Design
Integrating Engineering Practices into K–12 Instruction
Twelve Core Ideas
Using Formative Assessment to Uncover How Students Think About Science
Phenomenon Based Instruction in the K12 Classroom
Science Notebooks: Teacher Support

Professional Development for Texas Science K—12

From the very start, McGraw Hill prioritizes a fully comprehensive professional learning plan focused on your needs.

Start Each Day With Confidence

Built to support the influx of new teachers across the state, Texas Science provides a clear path to help you cover the TEKS and instill key science and engineering concepts. Supports throughout the Teacher’s Edition deliver additional tools to ensure teacher success and student content mastery.

Program implementation support within Texas Science provides you with everything you need to know to get started on the first day of school.

Lesson 3, Past Environments and Fossil Evidence
Grade 4 Lesson 3

Prepare to Launch into Learning

Each lesson includes a list of potential learning activities—each aligned to the 5E Instructional Model—as well as estimated pacing. You can opt to follow the Recommended Lesson Plan or customize instruction to fit your classroom’s unique needs  . 

Every lab has dedicated teacher support to ensure success—even if you haven’t performed the lab previously. This way, you never tackle a new science activity alone. 

Lesson 2 Blueprint

Nurture Professional Growth

Explore a robust selection of Professional Development Videos within the digital platform, each one offering tips, teaching best practices, and guidance from the minds of our program authors. 

For help with Hands-On Investigations, take advantage of our comprehensive support videos within the digital program. Each video walks you through the activity step-by-step and helps troubleshoot any potential pitfalls you might encounter in the classroom. 

Support for Every Instructional Moment

Ongoing pedagogy support embedded within Texas Science ensures you always have access to key instructional and pedagogical resources, including:

  • STEM Classroom Videos that model lessons from real classrooms.
  • Science Preconceptions Videos reviewing common preconceptions and strategies to overcome them.
  • Instructional Coaching Videos discussing best practice strategies and the "why" behind the success.
  • Science Pedagogy Micro-Courses designed for your professional learning community with facilitation guides for both self-guided and small-group courses.