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California Consulting Now Offers Professional Development Services for School Districts

California Consulting is pleased to announce a new partnership with two of California’s most seasoned K-12 professional development providers!

Through a new partnership with Dr. John Walkup and Ben Jones, California Consulting now offers school districts a wide range of teacher workshops, classroom observation, and leadership development training services. Their services will help your professional educators learn new concepts and skills designed to enhance the learning environment in your classrooms.

Through their intensive training efforts, your instructors and administrators will:

  • Learn a systematic approach to delivering inquiry-based learning
  • Use Depth of Knowledge and Bloom’s Taxonomy to boost the rigor of instruction
  • Learn a systematic technique called GRAPPLE for delivering questions in class


johnWith a Doctor of Philosophy in theoretical physics, John combines a
strong mathematics and science background with expertise in K-12 curriculum development and analysis. As a co-developer of Cognitive Rigor Matrix, he applies those concepts in helping educators develop better curriculum, instructional practices, and improve student learning. John
has deep interests and expertise in such topics as STEM learning, English Learners, curriculum development, classroom observation, professional development, standards alignment, and curricular rigor.


benCo-developer of the Cognitive Rigor Matrix and a veteran educator of 25 years, Ben has spent much of his career helping students, teachers, colleagues, and policy makers better understand the impact learning environments have on student outcomes. With a Bachelor’s degree

in geophysics and a Master’s degree in curriculum development and implementation, Ben continues to blend practical expertise in instruction, curriculum development, assessment, and educational research to create innovative approaches in building effective learning environments.


Rigorous Guided Inquiry

Learn the differences between rigorous and non-rigorous instruction by exploring the inquiry-based lesson model. By exposing the strengths and weakness of guided inquiry in science, develop a deeper insight into how rigorous instruction changes the game, regardless of the subject area.

Cognitive Rigor Lesson Planning

Learn how the distinctions between Bloom’s taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge help orchestrate an improved learning experience by allowing teachers to target a greater variety in skills and concepts for lesson planning. Let Cognitive Rigor guide you in selecting effective combinations of instructional strategies, methodologies, and activity formats.

Subskill Scaffolding

Learn how to use Bloom’s Knowledge Dimension to identify grade-appropriate content while separating out the various sub-skills and sub-concepts. Scaffolding techniques focus on using grade level instruction while helping students fill in the gaps between lesson targeted skills and those prerequisite skills and concepts.

Questions Strategies Science Teachers

Learn the differences between checking for understanding and questioning for engagement by applying the GRAPPLE technique and depth of knowledge. By using better student selection methods, learn to convert student responses into meaningful learning dialogs.

Cognitive Rigor in the Classroom

Learn the differences between Bloom’s taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge and how the two complement each other in creating a more contemplative learning environment. Cognitive Rigor provides a flexible staging approach to instruction for both creative and critical thinking.

Writing in Science

Learn how to teach students organizational skills and techniques for committing their learning experiences into formal documents. Science lab reports offer a prime example of how evidence of instruction creates meaningful long term cross-curricular opportunities to develop writing skills.

Problem/ Project Based Learning in the Classroom

Learn how to improve student abilities to handle open-ended scenarios through collaborative approach which incorporate both creative and critical thinking skills. Embed written, oral, technical opportunities for students to express their learning and solutions.

Classroom Observation/ Coaching

Learn to use classroom analysis techniques to direct reflective dialog as part of the professional development process. Create attainable goals based on objective use of data, observation, and personal interactions.