Summer Professional Development Institutes for K-12 Educators

Summer Professional Development Institutes for K-12 Educators2020-01-16T16:36:45+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

2020 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Check back soon for more information,
and for 2 new science and literacy Institutes for elementary teachers!

Cape Cod Region:

One-Week Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators

Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Marine Environment

Partners & Collaborators: National Marine Life Center; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; Lloyd Center for the Environment; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Woods Hole Sea Grant
Dates: July 6-10, 2020 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate science 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.
Housing is available for this region.

North Shore Region:

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Seasons and Cycles in the Marine/Aquatic Environment: Impacts of Climate Change

Partners & Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary; Maritime Gloucester; Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research (LTER); Salem Sound Coastwatch
Dates: June 24-26 and June 29-30, 2020 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate science 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.

Pioneer Valley Region:

One-Week Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators

Rivers to Range: Exploring the Pioneer Valley (Integrating Science, Math, and Literacy)

Partners & Collaborators: Beneski Museum of Natural History; Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Springfield Science Museum; The Trustees of Reservations
Dates: July 6-10, 2020 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate science 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.

Southeast Region:

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Exploring Connections Between Science and Engineering: How Science Informs Engineering Solutions

Partners & Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary; Bishop Feehan High School; Sensata Technologies (and more to come)
Dates: June 24-26 and June 29-30, 2020 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate science 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.

Check back soon for more information,
and for 2 new science and literacy Institutes for elementary teachers!