Our Summer Professional Development Institutes are unique, graduate level courses that engage teachers in hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase their STEM content knowledge! Our courses will connect you with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. You will 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. You will earn PDPs and optional graduate credits as you experience inquiry-based learning firsthand. Receive curriculum materials for the inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on investigations introduced during the course to take back to your classrooms.

During the institutes you will:

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

Visit partner organization sites and engage in inquiry investigations or field work.

Explore research and development labs at Massachusetts-based STEM companies.

Engage in discussions with experts, scientists, and peers; peer collaboration time; and phenomena-based investigations.

Practice integrating science content with the Science and Engineering Practices to develop inquiry-based investigations for your students.

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

Enrich your teaching toolbox with science investigations that meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework and NGSS Standards.

Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) and even take an institute for graduate credit.

These institutes will also provide an opportunity for you to increase your proficiency with and leverage the power of technology to support student learning in both the classroom and remote settings.

Learn about what happened during the
2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes!

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. Delve into the concepts of green design and biomimicry. Explore the features of a LEED certified building and design elements that support the preservation of 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)
Collaborating Partners: New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill; Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary; Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
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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. During this Institute, 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, investigate the traces that animals can leave in sediment, learn how rivers can shape a landscape in geological time, participate in inquiry-based investigations and discover how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.
Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Collaborating Partners: Beneski Museum of Natural History; Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Springfield Science Museum; The Trustees of Reservations
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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. Learn about sustainable agricultural practices and how to use the ecosystem for scientific investigation. 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)
Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; New Bedford Whaling Museum; Round the Bend Farm
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Registration Information (All Regions):

$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
*$75 per credit

Registration is now closed.

Thank you to our 2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes supporters!

The Beveridge Family Foundation Verizon Foundation Hermann Foundation National Grid Foundation
Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation Sanofi George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust Vanderbilt Family Foundation