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Making Teacher Professional Development More Effective: Energize Your Practices workshop series

As providers of teacher professional development (PD), we know that informal science education (ISE) centers provide an ideal setting for learning by capitalizing on creative and interactive approaches that easily inspire teachers. As ISE professionals, we know that this work is demanding and that it can be a challenge to share effective practices about how to best use informal learning environments.

Join ASTC, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), BP America, and our host institutions for engaging two-day workshops to explore effective models of teacher PD in ISE settings. The workshop series is moving across the United States, so don’t miss your chance to attend a workshop in your area!

Learn with peers who share your passion, step out of your isolation, and dive into activities that can help you maximize your resources and re-energize your approaches with new ideas. Try out practices you can use right away, and create your own action plan to incorporate elements of the best models for your institution.

The workshops will use the topic of energy literacy to examine tools and resources that support teachers of multiple grade levels. Workshop participants will also have the chance to examine the newest science standards. Day One will focus on effective PD models; Day Two will put new insights into practice during an energy-themed PD workshop with local classroom teachers.

Participants will receive:

  • Resources and activities to take back to their institutions
  • Catered breakfast and lunch
  • Free two-day admission to the host museum
  • (Optional) Travel stipend up to $100 (Contact Ann Hernandez for more information.)

Upcoming workshops:

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas
Dates: April 13, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, and April 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT
Cost: $100
Register here

Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina
Dates: May 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, and May 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Cost: $100
Register here

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado
Dates: November 4, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, and November 5, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Anchorage Museum, Alaska
Dates TBD