Other Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES (non-Science Center)

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ONGOING:

Exploring the Arnold Arboretum for Educators: first Saturday of each month 
 

New England Aquarium : Teacher guides


MIT - Edgerton Center: Maker Workshops (for K-12 Educators)

Wade Institute for Science Education - Professional Development

Tufts University Teacher Engineering Education Program

FEBRUARY 2022:

Free teacher PD at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Frog Morphology and Natural Selection

Wednesday, February 23

8:30 am–2:30 pm

Frogs are an amazingly diverse group of animals. How did all this diversity arise? We will explore this question by looking at the physical characteristics of frogs drawn from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology Herpetology Collection. After looking for traits that give frogs survival advantages in their environments, we will investigate the process through which these frogs came to have their particular forms. This lesson is intended for students in grades 6–8. Suitable also for grades 3–5 in modified form.

Advance registration required. $50 deposit will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.

Is it a Snake? Convergent Evolution in Reptiles and Amphibians

Thursday, February 24

8:30 am–2:30 pm

The slender, scaly, legless form of snakes is familiar to all, but not everything that looks like a snake is really a snake. Through convergent evolution, many other distantly related animals have arrived at remarkably similar forms. Why are there so many snake look-alikes? How can we know what is a snake and what is a fake? You will explore these questions through observations of preserved specimens drawn from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology Herpetology Collection. After looking for traits that separate snakes from other legless animals, you will investigate the process through which snakes and their look-alikes have evolved similar forms. This lesson is suitable for middle and high school students.

Advance registration required. $50 deposit will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.


MARCH 2022:

Wade Institute for Science Education Focus Workshop

Connecting Science and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

A Virtual Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 3-5 Educators

Enhance your teaching strategies for integrating science and literacy in ways that foster critical thinking, academic language, and meaning making! Learn from the Wade Institute for Science Education and the EcoTarium how to shift your practice to teach your standards-aligned, grade-specific science content by using literature to spark minds-on, hands-on investigations that engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices. Identify ways to use books, productive talk, and science writing to teach science and participate in inquiry-based, phenomena-based investigations that explore engineering and life science topics through the lens of animal behavior. Connect your reading to real life and refine your scientific observation skills by examining the uniqueness of squirrels: the rodent you thought you knew. Return to your classroom with ideas and insights from peers along with a toolkit of 4 books and hands-on materials to immerse your students in science learning.

Registration Information:

  • Virtual Sessions: March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 2022
  • Cost: $350 per person; $300 per person if attending with at least one other teacher from your school district
  • PDPs: 10 PDPs are available



ORGANIZATIONS:

Wade Institute (formerly MITS: Museum Institute for Teaching Science)

Wade's Science by Connections website: searchable PD opportunities
Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers
National Education Energy Development Project (NEED)
National Science Teaching Association

Project Learning Tree Workshops
WPI STEM Education Center
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