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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... Read More

Upcoming Webinar: Helping Preschool Parents Understand Inquiry

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET Register here Early childhood museum educators strive to offer parents what they need to continue open-ended science learning at home. In this webinar, presenters will share examples of modeling “inquiry behavior” at small and large museums in exhibits, parent/child activities, and through online resources. Learn about “Play Coach,”... Read More

2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC has chosen its 2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows, including nine new Fellows and six alumni Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who will attend the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to gain professional development experiences, broaden their peer network, and have the opportunity to acquire and hone... Read More

Positioning Science Centers and Museums as Regional STEM Conveners: Learning from Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development

Join ASTC and leaders at Carnegie Science Center (CSC) in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 21 and 22, 2015, for a 1-1/2-day workshop designed to share an innovative model of STEM education development with science center CEOs and senior staff. Expanding on the successful workshop ASTC and the Carnegie Science Center held in 2012, this event... Read More

Upcoming Webinar – Representing Diversity: Advocating for Inclusive Development and Evaluation

Whether you are considering an educational program, an exhibit or exhibition, or another type of informal learning experience, the inclusion and representation of diverse perspectives and portrayals is of vital importance. But how do we plan our efforts in an effective and culturally responsive way, and what are the costs of not doing so? In... Read More

Upcoming Webinar: Sharing Resources for Engaging Diverse Audiences

What resources exist to help you reach traditionally underserved and underrepresented audiences? Join us Thursday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn about a variety of resources developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) that can be applied far beyond the topic of nano. Presentations will focus on guidelines for universal... Read More