What happened to the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)?
After over 30 years of providing STEM professional development as the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, we changed our name in 2019 to the Wade Institute for Science Education. We intend for the name change to better reflect our services, and to honor the organization’s founder, Paddy Wade. We look forward to providing the same consistently high-quality professional development under our new name!
Summer Professional Development Institutes FAQs
How do I register?
You may register online via our electronic registration form, linked on the the Summer Professional Development Institute page or any of the regional pages. You are not considered officially registered until the Wade Institute has received both your completed registration form and your payment.
Where do the Institutes take place?
Summer Professional Development Institutes can take place at a variety of partner institutions in 6-8 regions across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. The first and last day of the institutes are usually held at the Lead Institute. During the rest of the program you will follow a schedule that will include spending 1-2 days at each of the partner’s sites. The schedule will vary depending on the number of participants in each region. The rotation schedule will be given to you on the first day of the institute.
Where will I be going and what activities will I be doing?
Please refer to each Region’s page to find further information about activities.
How do I know where to go/what to bring on the first day?
The Wade Institute sends out a Welcome Packet to each registered participant once payment is received. We start sending out these packets via email and snail mail in late May/early June.
Will the Institute take place indoors or outdoors?
The Summer Professional Development Institutes are a balance of both indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. Depending on your region, daily activities could include nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of facilities, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more.
I can’t get a babysitter – can I bring my child with me to the Institute?
Summer Professional Development Institutes are graduate level programs for adults, and the activities and learning environment are inappropriate for children. Day care is not provided.
Is the Call Back optional?
The Call Back is considered an integral part of the course and is not optional. You will receive PDPs for attending the Call Back.
How can I pay?
You may pay for registration either via our electronic registration form, or by sending a check in to the the Wade Institute office after registering online. You are not considered officially registered until the Wade Institute has received both your completed registration form and your payment.
What is the 2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes registration deadline?
The registration deadline is June 1st, 2019. After that date please call for availability.
What is the 2019 Summer Professional Development Institute cancellation policy?
A $75 cancellation fee will be deducted from any registration refunds prior to June 1, 2019. All refund requests must be received by June 1, 2019. No refunds will be given after that date.
How do I pay for graduate credits?
You may pay for graduate credit either via our electronic registration form’s PayPal option, or by sending a check or Purchase Order in to the Wade Institute office. Graduate Credit Forms are sent out with Welcome Packets, and must be completed and returned to the Wade Institute office.
Can the Summer Professional Development Institute graduate credits be applied to a Master’s Degree program?
You will need to check with the college or university in which you are enrolled to find out if the graduate credits are transferable to your Master’s Degree program.
When will I receive my grade/PDPs?
PDPs and graduate credits will be awarded by the end of August. You will receive additional PDPs after attending your region’s Fall Callback.
Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Series FAQs
How do I register?
Registration can be done online through an electronic form, or by using our printable registration form and mailing it to the Wade Institute office. You are not considered officially registered until payment is received.
How can I pay?
Payment can be submitted securely via PayPal by using our online registration form, or by printing out a registration form and mailing it to the Wade Institute office with a check or Purchase Order. You are not considered officially registered until the Wade Institute has received both your completed registration form and your payment.
Can I receive PDPs for attending?
Certificates of participation are available for each seminar. PDPs are available for those participating in 2 or more Professional Development Seminar dates.
Do I have to attend all the sessions?
No, which session you choose to attend is entirely optional. There is a registration discount for attending all the sessions. Please see our online Professional Development Seminar brochure for details.
Do the Professional Development Seminar sessions have a capacity limit?
Yes, our sessions often have a limit to how many people can register. When one has reached max capacity the session info will be updated on our online registration form. Please do not show up at the seminar without prior registration, as we may have to turn you away at the door. We keep a waiting list, but it’s best to register early to ensure your spot!