Through this Knowles Academy course, you will learn how to analyze and elevate the cognitive demand of your science lessons and tasks in order to help your students push their thinking beyond base-level recall,  towards more complex analysis, construction of meaning, and productive discourse. In this one-day session, you will work in small, collaborative groups as you learn to increase the cognitive demand of the tasks in your lessons and provide more opportunities for students to talk about science—tactics that lead to an increase in student engagement and learning.

The Knowles Academy offers state-of-the-art professional development experiences for teachers. All Academy courses are designed and facilitated by experienced teachers who understand the complexities of teaching in today’s world.

Science Tasks in the Curriculum: Exploring Cognitive Demand

By the end of the one-day session, teachers will be able to:

  • Identify the cognitive demands of tasks and consider how the tasks influence students’ opportunities to learn
  • Critique and plan lessons using a cognitively demanding task
  • Gain experience considering the alignment of the scientific learning goal and the task, and other enactment factors


  • Engage in scientific tasks as learners
  • Explore the cognitive demands of scientific tasks
  • Modify tasks to increase cognitive demand

Science Tasks in the Curriculum: Exploring Cognitive Demand

Date: August 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Location: Residence Inn New York The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10461

Participation in this course is limited to New York City public school teachers. 

This course is full. Please contact to be added to the waitlist. 

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