Save the Date for the 2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes!

More details and online registration coming soon!

All institutes will include a virtual course orientation in June (date TBA).

Our Summer Professional Development Institutes are unique, graduate level courses that engage you in hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge! Connect with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. Work with educators at our partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through hands-on, minds-on investigations, and identify how to implement these investigations with your students in the classroom using the Science and Engineering Practices to meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework and the NGSS. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits.

Central Region:

Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Natural World

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators
Description: When designing and constructing our built environment it is imperative to consider the impact on the natural environment. During this Institute, you will examine how buildings and landscapes work together and how nature inspires us to create. Explore the features of a LEED certified building and designed elements that support nature, such as solar fields, rain gardens, and pollinator gardens. Use your new knowledge to design a public green space within an urban environment.
Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Collaborators: Tower Hill Botanic Garden; Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary; Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

Pioneer Valley Region:

Rivers to Range: Exploring the Geology of the Pioneer Valley

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Description: Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. You will explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. You will visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, and participate in inquiry-based, standards-driven investigations and investigate how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.
Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Collaborators: Beneski Museum of Natural History; Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Springfield Science Museum; The Trustees of Reservations

Southeast Region:

Utilizing Your Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators
Description: Learn how to integrate field research and data collection into your science curriculum. Experience multiple entry points for hands-on, place-based science and participate in collaborative projects with professional scientists. Explore wetland, estuary, marine, and forest habitats and participate in authentic data collection. Consider how this data can tell us stories about these living laboratories and the plants and animals that live there.
Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Collaborators: Lloyd Center for the Environment; New Bedford Whaling Museum; Round the Bend Farm

Berkshire Region:

Investigating Watersheds: From the Mountains to the River Basin

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Description: What affects water quality in rivers that flow through your community? How do scientists measure watershed health? In this Institute you will visit local rivers and the lands that surround them to explore a variety of methods for investigating a watershed. Put science and engineering design practices to work as you participate in citizen science projects that your students can engage with to protect watersheds in your area.
Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Collaborators: Housatonic Valley Association; DCR Mount Greylock; Berkshire Environmental Action Team; Trout Unlimited; Hoosic River Watershed Association

Registration Information (All Regions):

Cost:
$475 per participant
$425 per participant if attending as a team with 2 other teachers from your school or district.
$400 per participant if attending with as a team with 3 or more other teachers from your
school or district.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Cambridge College for $225*.
3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Framingham State University for
$225*.
*$75 per credit