Professional Development

Organization Type of PD Target Audience Description
Texas Tech Workshop pk-12 teachers The Texas Tech T-STEM Center offers a significant number of professional development workshops and enrichment learning opportunities for schools. These encompass a range of topics and research-driven academic content using the engineering design process and best practice instructional methods to manage project-based teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers and administrators from any school and all grade levels, as well as other formal and informal educational providers, are welcome to contact us about providing professional development at your location.

The Texas Tech T-STEM Center is currently conducting research on how to better serve the
K-12 education community in STEM education. A portion of each workshop will involve voluntary participation in a pre/post test and a workshop evaluation.
The Jason Project Workshop K-12 educators The JASON Project's comprehensive professional development program is designed to increase teachers' expertise in implementing inquiry-based science curricula in the classroom and prepare them to use JASON curricula with their students.

In addition to our Professional Development offerings available to organizations, JASON also offers hands-on workshops on all of our curricula at locations throughout the country that individuals can attend. These sessions are open to the public and led by JASON Lead Trainers. During these sessions, teachers practice inquiry-based learning, technology integration, student motivation, differentiated instruction and more. Participants work in groups to perform activities from the curriculum, explore web resources, and discuss best practices for implementation.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Workshop K-12 educators The Fleet Inquiry Institute works with community partners to create and implement K-12 grade teacher professional development based on the process of science and learning science through inquiry. Since its inception in 2002 the Fleet Inquiry Institute has worked with over 600 teachers and 120 pre-service teachers in long term, on site, and in-classroom professional development programs.
U.S. Department of Education Digital Workshops Webinar K-12 educators Are your students high-level thinkers? Have they engaged sufficiently in the investigative nature of science? Are they ready for standardized tests that require higher order thinking to evince knowledge of scientific inquiry? This presentation will characterize the inquiry process and look at ways to teach and assess higher order thinking skills. Active inquiry yields positive results and incorporates higher order thinking. Research suggests that higher order thinking skills-applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating-are teachable and learnable in the science classroom. By gathering and analyzing data during the presentation, participants will engage in both the "doing" and "understanding" of scientific inquiry as endorsed by the National Science Education Standards. Participants will apply inquiry techniques, evaluate current scientific research using a rubric, synthesize test questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy of higher order thinking and analyze successful student inquiry examples.
U.S. Department of Education Digital Workshops Webinar K-12 educators The teachable moment exists in every trend. This session will weave interest in forensics, stemming from the popular TV show CSI-Crime Scene Investigation, with science content and explore methods that work to help students apply scientific principles. This forensic science program has had success with all learners. From blood and the heart to elements and compounds, the session will use a mystery theme to integrate concepts with writing and mathematics. The focus is on science, but the techniques work in any area. The session will explore ways to teach students science and learning skills that will help them with every subject.
U.S. Department of Education Digital Workshops Webinar grades 2-6 teachers Teachers need a richer experience with content that is focused, connected to applicable mathematics, and appropriately targeted to the developmental level of their students. Since all content cannot be taught in a single session, it is necessary to teach just a piece of rich content, along with a method that can be used to master other content pieces. The short rigorous tasks in this workshop illustrate the interconnectedness of the mathematical and scientific worlds by prompting teachers to collect both quantitative and qualitative data, and to use both to reach a rich understanding about the nature of the physical sciences. Participants will walk away from this session with a clearer understanding of how to approach the NRC standards for science education.
University of Michigan Online Course Professionals This course will provide you with an introduction to the most powerful engineering principles you will ever learn: thermodynamics! Or the science of transferring energy from one place or form to another place or form. We will introduce the tools you need to analyze energy systems from solar panels, to engines, to insulated coffee mugs.

More specifically, we will cover the topics of mass and energy conservation principles; first law analysis of control mass and control volume systems; properties and behavior of pure substances; and applications to thermodynamic systems operating at steady state conditions.
University of Texas McDonald Observatory workshop K-12 teachers McDonald Observatory is now accepting applications for its Summer 2015 K-12 teacher professional development workshops. McDonald Observatory will be offering four scholarship workshops (with some funding provided by NASA) during Summer 2015, with all workshops being held at the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of west Texas. Each workshop is three-days, two-nights, and scholarships will cover most workshop expenses, including food, lodging, and program fees (participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses).
• June 15-17: Explore Our Solar System (K-8)
• June 18-20: Region 18 West Texas Teacher Workshop (K-8)
• June 22-24: Region 18 West Texas Teacher Workshop 6-12)
• July 14-16: 21st Century Cosmology (8-12)
• July 17-19: Giant Magellan Telescope (6-12)
Wisconsin Energy Education Project at University of Wisconsin Steven?s Point Workshop Pk-12 teachers in WP This course offers renewable energy hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students' understanding of renewable energy. The course highlights a renewable energy curriculum designed for teachers to use in their classrooms. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to younger grades.
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