At the conclusion of time spent on-site, MetroSouth Region Summer Professional Development Institute participants wrote unit plans to tie the week’s activities to their classrooms. While creating their portfolios of resources, participants linked lessons to the newly revised Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. They identified which of the eleven levels of inquiry instruction they plan to utilize in the upcoming school year to engage their students in Science and Engineering Design Practices. By incorporating their new ideas into their curriculum, the teachers will transform their classrooms into places of inquiry-based learning.
More About MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes
Five regional Summer Professional Development Institutes (two hybrid and three one-week institutes) were offered this year. MITS recognizes that summer is when teachers turn their attention to planning for the following school year and thus institutes are designed to help teachers collect resources and ideas for their grade level specific, standards correlated STEM curriculum instruction. Participants in MITS institutes earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) and can also earn graduate credit.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science specializes in providing hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based STEM professional development for formal and informal educators. For more information, visit www.mits.org or call 617-328-1515.