Professional Development

Organization Type of PD Target Audience Description
Bruce Museum Workshop K-12 teachers Treat yourself to a unique professional development opportunity at the Bruce Museum! Throughout the academic year, customized in-service sessions are offered at the Museum for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines. Participating schools work with the Manager of School and Tour Services to determine a focus that meets their specific needs. Call the Museum to schedule at least one month in advance.
Center for Astronomy Education Workshop Formal Educators This regional teaching exchange will engage participating instructors with best practices in Think-Pair-Share/Peer Instruction. An introduction to the techniques will be provided to those who need it, and advanced instruction will be provided to instructors who have previously implemented Think-Pair-Share in their classes.

Participants will engage in activities focused on crafting formative assessment techniques, including integrated writing exercises. Finally, we’ll present and discuss techniques to use simulations and demonstrations in the classroom, to help our students better understand visual representations, and to appropriately predict and explain the outcomes of physical situations.
Center for Astronomy Education Workshop Formal Educators We invite you to come learn best teaching practices for using Think-Pair-Share/Peer Instruction to help students increase their conceptual understandings, and critical thinking abilities; and better be able to interpret discipline representations, reason about quantitative data, and appropriately predict and explaining physical outcomes.
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Workshop K-12 educators The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska offers a variety of science workshops that integrate space science, mathematics, technology, problem solving, and teamwork. These programs can be tailored to your group's interests or needs, and offer exciting hands- and minds-on activities for all ages. Additionally, CLCA's workshops are adaptable to a multitude of age and grade levels.
Challenger Learning Center of Maine Workshop K-12 educators CLC Professional Development

What does "inquiry" really mean? How can I organize my teaching materials and assessment materials to demonstrate how I'm helping my students meet the MLR? What are some new ways I can teach old curriculum using "space" as an attention-grabber for my students?

These are the types of the questions we will address in a wide variety of professional development workshops at the Challenger Learning Center. As former classroom teachers ourselves, we know what tools you need to make your life a little easier in the classroom and that's one of our goals. So contact the Center or watch our web calendar for these PD opportunities. CEU's will be offered for nearly all of our offerings. Curriculum Coordinators workshop

A one day (date TBA) workshop is being planned for Curriculum Coordinators throughout Maine. As the Challenger Learning Center of Maine makes plans for future teacher workshops, we'd like to gather together all of the ideas and needs of our state's curriculum professionals to help us tailor our offerings to teachers. Assessment strategies, inquiry based learning, use of technology, materials matched to the MLR's-just let us know what you think your teachers need, and we'll do the work for you. Not only are we a Center for space simulation experiences for middle schools students, but we're a developing resource for professional development.
Challenger Learning Center, Florida Workshop K-12 educators The workshops are facilitated by NASA Aerospace Education Specialists or Challenger Learning Center education staff. They are provided at no charge and recertification credit will be offered.
Challenger Learning Center, Florida Workshop K-12 educators The LEGO NXT workshop is provided by the Challenger Learning Center education staff. Please contact Susan Borland 850.645.7788 or by email for more information or to register.
Training and lessons are provided on how to use NXT robots. The fee for the training is $50. Schools can reserve the NXT robots (classroom set) for use in their classrooms for 1 week for an additional $250. Additional weeks are available for purchase upon request and availability.
Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis Workshop K-12 educators Professional development workshops available through the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis are designed to provide practical and innovative resources for teachers at all levels. Professional development workshops are developed with state and national standards in mind. They can also be customized to address any specific needs.

Workshops may be scheduled at your school or at the Challenger Learning Center.
Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence Workshop K-12 educators Explore, design, & deliver STEM education using real-world tools & technologies. The STEM Certificate Program offered by the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University gives educators the opportunity to:

Learn about STEM technologies used by engineers through an online delivery format
Engage in hands-on exercises
Participate as teaching assistants in delivering STEM workshops worldwide using exciting online collaboration technologies
Learn STEM tools and how to create classroom activities using these tools to inspire students to explore careers in STEM
Earn graduate credit and/or PDPs
Cincinnati Museum Center
at Union Terminal
Workshop K-12 teachers No power point presentations or lectures! Just plenty of hands-on activities that can easily be replicated in your classroom. Get back to the basics of teaching science to your students! These hands-on and team-oriented workshops are developed for science educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching with STEM applications. These workshops illuminate the power of learning science content through inquiry and introduce strategies for providing inquiry experiences in the classroom. Each workshop will feature creative and challenging activities in the new Learning, Innovation, technology and Education Lab (LITE Lab). - See more at:
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