Registration is now open for summer courses, workshops and field institutes at Discovery Place Education Studio. From catapults and classroom gardening to Google Apps and Appalachian geology, we're offering more than 40 professional development programs just for educators. Educators can interact with experts and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities that can be customized for their classroom or other specific teaching environment.
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Fifty Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, physical science, and biology will be offered each summer, in many states. Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary K-12 science program. Some sites offer stipends, usually for in-state teachers. Graduate credit is available at some sites. For information, go to: http://modelinginstruction.org/workshops-summer-2015/
NASA Wavelength is a pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email.
Check out the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs calendar for environmental education workshops, "train-the-trainer" classes and webinars aimed at environmental educators and classroom teachers. All of these opportunities provide some type of credit for the N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program and many are Criteria I workshops. Several also provide CEU credits.
The North Carolina New Schools Project offers a new lateral entry teacher certification program for college graduates interested in becoming high school science, math and technology teachers. Administered by NCNSP, the non-traditional teacher education program is supported by the federal Transition to Teaching grant program, which seeks to recruit and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in obtaining a teacher license through an alternative route in a reduced period of time. This program has also been selected as a partner in 100 K in 10, a national multi-sector effort to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 during the next 10 years.
On the MISO website, http://miso.ncsu.edu, you will find an easy-to-use search engine, where anyone can easily find K12 STEM outreach activities and opportunities for teachers, students and educators, such as camps, academies, workshops, group activities and campus departmental tours all sponsored by NC State University.
If you are looking for a summer professional development opportunity that will take you into forests and mills, provide hands-on experiences with technologies used in the forest industry, and provide fun networking opportunities with teachers statewide, then the Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Academy is the opportunity you have been waiting for!!!
The New Science Teacher Academy, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., and the American Honda Foundation collaborating with NSTA, is an initiative that supports second- and third-year middle or high school science teachers through mentoring and other professional development resources during the challenging initial teaching years. The one-year Academy helps promote quality science teaching, enhances teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.
Teachers across the country, regardless of school size, type, or geographic location, have seen the benefit of participating in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. These teachers have access to free NASA classroom materials and student engagement activities, as well as educator support resources, through the NES Virtual Campus. NES classroom resources are designed to help teachers increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
With today's rapidly changing workplace, emerging technologies and new scientific issues, K–12 educators are challenged to prepare themselves and their students for the future. At the NCABR's Rx for Science Literacy workshops, educators tour a research facility, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials. Each workshop is completely free to attend. You may attend as many workshops as you like. The Rx for Science Literacy series is open to all K–12 science teachers and administrators in North Carolina as well as preservice teachers actively pursuing a degree in education.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences offers a diverse array of professional development opportunities for ALL educators (both formal and informal). Workshops vary from just a few hours to multi-day programs, and may take place at the Museum or offsite across the state. Our workshops are designed to give educators hands-on experiences with topics and activities that engage students with all aspects of the natural world. Information and details about our Programs, Educator Treks, Educators of Excellence Institutes, and Schoolgrounds Workshops can be found: http://naturalsciences.org/education/for-educators
Shodor provides resources to educators through its free online curriculum tools that can be used in the classroom and through its expertise in training educators from elementary through college levels of education how to use these highly effective teaching tools in the classroom.
Learn more about the available online tools and educator programs at http://www.shodor.org/educators/
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.
DESTINY (Delivering Edge-Cutting Science, Technology and Internet Across North Carolina for Years to Come) is a formal science education program, serving pre-college teachers and students in grades 9-12 across North Carolina. DESTINY develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum, professional development opportunities for teachers; and enriched learning for students who might not otherwise be able to experience what jobs in science, biotechnology, health and related fields can offer them.
DREAMS (DESTINY’S Role in Engaging and Advancing Middle School Science) is a formal science education program serving middle school teachers and students in grades 7-8 across North Carolina. DREAMS is inspired by Morehead’s DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program, which has been serving North Carolina’s high school teachers and students since 2000.
PLANETS (Portable Learning for All of North Carolina’s Elementary Teachers and Students) is the first full-dome video portable planetarium in North Carolina! The PLANETS Portable Planetarium Program delivers engaging standards-based science education throughout North Carolina to students in grades K-12. The PLANETS program also offers professional development opportunities and resources for K-6 teachers.