Professional Development

Organization Type of PD Target Audience Description
Museum of Science Webinar K-12 educators Engineering the Future: This moderated four-week online course, which covers the same engineering education material as in the three-day institute, is ideal for high school teachers from other regions, or for those who prefer to study online.

Using course materials (such as a Snap Circuits' electricity kit) plus other items that can be gathered from around the home, online participants perform hands-on activities, interacting with course content for about six hours per week. Additional time for designing and building projects is also required.
NAGT Workshop Students graduating This workshop will focus on strategies for increasing the diversity of students graduating from all types of programs with a substantial geoscience component and supporting their successful entry into the workforce and explore successful strategies employed by participants in their own programs.
NASA Workshop Space Science educat NASA's Center for Astronomy Education, or CAE, announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy and space science educators.

These workshops provide participants with experiences needed to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. Workshop leaders model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But more importantly, workshop participants will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies. During many microteaching events, you will have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You will assess and critique each other's implementation in real time as part of a supportive learning community. You will have the opportunity to use unfamiliar teaching techniques in collaboration with mentors before using them with your students. CAE is funded through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
NASA Web Seminar 6-8 Educators Join NASA Educator Professional Development for a free 60-minute webinar presenting an overview of the Dawn Mission. Take a closer look at asteroids, and learn how to use them to integrate mathematics, science and language arts in the classroom. Register online to participate.
NASA Electronic Professional Development Network course K-12 educators Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. This interdisciplinary field requires a comprehensive, integrated understanding of biological, planetary, and cosmic phenomena. Astrobiology encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and on planets around other stars; the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry or life on Solar System bodies such as Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa, and Saturn's moon Titan; and research into the origin, early evolution, and diversity of life on Earth. Astrobiologists address three fundamental questions: How does life begin and evolve? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond.
NASA Electronic Professional Development Network course K-12 educators Earth System Science: NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory are gaining a better understanding of earthquakes thanks to a specially modified jet, the Gulfstream-III. NASA engineers use a special radar instrument on the G-III to collect data on how quakes change Earth's surface.

NASA hopes to collect baseline data in critical areas to improve our understanding of how quakes affect not only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in the surrounding faults. Data can then be combined with post-quake imagery to measure ground deformation, determine how slip on faults is distributed, and learn more about fault zone properties. This will help NASA improve their forecast models of quake probability and magnitude.
NASA Electronic Professional Development Network course K-12 educators Welcome to the ePDN self-directed course on Microgravity for teachers! This on-line course will introduce the concepts necessary to understand microgravity. It is a goal of this experience that teachers come away with access to things they can take straight to their students. The back bone of this course is a wealth of material available from NASA Education, but there is also a mixture of other external resources. In the end, a teacher completing this course will be capable of sponsoring a team of students to compete in the WING or DIME microgravity experiment competition sponsored each year by NASA Glenn Research Center, if they so desire.
NASTAR Workshop Formal Educators The National AeroSpace Training and Research, or NASTAR, Center is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs throughout the month of July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator, or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Workshop K-12 educators NREL offers quarterly teacher workshops at the NREL Visitors Center. Workshops are offered in solar, wind, biomass, and energy efficiency. Teachers will complete standards-based hands-on and paper and pencil activities that can be integrated into existing curriculum - curricula and handouts are provided.
New York City Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) Course K-12 educators The New York City Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) are partners in the effort to bring real-world science to life for students in ways that supplement and strengthen their classroom experience. The NYCCSSE offers in-depth, hands-on laboratory experiences in aeronautics and space science. AMNH offers scientific research, real-world exhibits, objects, professional development, and online resources that tap into the authentic questions that students are faced with in their curriculum. Together, this module will develop a connection and continuum between the NYCCSSE and the AMNH that will support Earth science teachers and students in New York City.

This module is structured around essential, authentic questions such as "How do airplanes affect the atmosphere?" A question like this one provides students with a motivation for understanding climate change and weather, two topics that are addressed at both the NYCCSSE's aeronautics laboratory and the AMNH's Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. We hope you and your students enjoy exploring the air that surrounds you and the airplanes in the sky above you.