Summer Professional Development Institutes for K-12 Educators

Summer Professional Development Institutes for K-12 Educators2019-02-16T06:48:34+00:00

What are Summer Professional Development Institutes?

We offer unique professional development courses each summer that connect you with hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based activities that will increase your STEM content knowledge. Choose from a variety of locations and themes across Massachusetts. Spend a week with fellow teachers on-site at multiple partner organizations, and experience effective, inquiry-based science learning!

Learn directly from scientists and education professionals to expand your knowledge in a variety of STEM topics.

Visit each partner organization’s site, and explore science, technology and engineering content by engaging with industry professionals and in inquiry-based activities.

Discover resources from museums, science centers and higher education institutions in your community that you can utilize throughout the school year.

Take on the role of a student as you investigate science content and collaborate with your peers both in the field and in the classroom.

Participate in content and skill-based development sessions aimed at strengthening your students’ interest in and passion for STEM.

Explore what the Science and Engineering Practices look like in the classroom.

Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) while you improve your confidence in teaching science, and even take an institute for graduate credit.

We’ll provide you with the practical skills you need to integrate more hands-on, minds-on science learning into your curriculum. You’ll leave the course with a deeper understanding of inquiry, and new techniques to reinforce your students’ natural curiosity and spark their interest in STEM. Together, we’ll ensure that young learners discover STEM content in an intuitive, impactful way.

Wade Institute for Science Education (formerly MITS, Inc.)

2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Engaging Your Students in the Science and Engineering Practices

Berkshire Region:

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Thinkers and Tinkerers: Using Biomimicry to Teach Engineering and Life Science

Partners: Flying Cloud Institute; MA Museum of Contemporary Art; Chamberlain Group; Sabic; Miss Hall’s School; Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; Nature Matters
Dates: July 8-12; June 15 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course
Optional Graduate Credit: Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
Visit the Berkshire Region page for more information on this Institute.

Cape Cod Region:

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Go Under the Sea with STEM: Investigating Marine Life from Open Ocean to Coastal Shores
Partners: National Marine Life Center; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; Tufts University; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Dates: July 15-19; June 15 One-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course
Optional Graduate Credit: Fitchburg State University; Framingham State University
Housing is available for this region.
Visit the Cape Cod Region page for more information on this Institute.

North Central Region:

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

It’s Not Just Chemistry: Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Partners: Beyond Benign; Fitchburg State College; Revolving Museum; Harvard Forest
Dates: July 15-19; June 22 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course
Optional Graduate Credit: Fitchburg State University; Framingham State University
Housing is available for this region.
Visit the North Central Region page for more information on this Institute.

Southeast Region:

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Inquiry and Innovation: How Science Informs Engineering Solutions

Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary; AccuRounds; North Easton Machine; Sensata Dates: July 15-19; June 22 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course
Optional Graduate Credit: Fitchburg State University; Framingham State University
Visit the Southeast Region page for more information.

Registration Information:

Cost: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team of 2 teachers from the same district; $375 per participant if attending in a team of 3 or more teachers from the same district)

Early Bird Discount Available – register and submit payment before March 31st, 2019 to receive an additional $25 off of your registration cost.

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The 2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes brochure will be available soon.