Educator Professional Development
The McAuliffe/Challenger Learning Center strives to be the premier source for quality professional development for teachers in New England.
The programs described in these pages reflect our dedication to the classroom teacher, our commitment to hands-on education, and our belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are not just important – they’re also FUN!
Professional development programs provided through the McAuliffe Center are organized into the following categories:
|Professional Development Workshops: The McAuliffe Center provides a variety of workshops to K-12 educators, focused in standards-based STEM education and instruction. Professional development points (PDPs) are available for participants, and triple PDPs are available to workshop presenters. Learn More|
|STEM Certificate Program: The McAuliffe Center has partnered with PTC, Inc. to provide the STEM Certificate Program to K-12 educators throughout New England. The STEM Certificate Program focuses primarily on Product Development Education, an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum model rooted in engineering/design education as well as industry practices. Graduate credit and PDPs available. Learn More|
|NASA Educator Resource Center: The NASA Educator Resource Center is a collaborative effort of the Curriculum Library of Framingham State University, the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center on campus, and NASA Education. Our goal is to provide preK-16 teachers with the skills and access to materials to help them improve student learning in the STEM disciplines. Learn More|
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October 22: MA STEM Summit will be held in Worcester for educators, policy makers, government and business representatives from all over the state. The Christa McAuliffe Center will present a session entitled, "Connecting Classroom Strategies to Real World STEM through an Integrated Learning Approach."
November 6: If you are a K-12 educator looking for high quality, low cost programming for your students or for yourself, take a few minutes to stop by and explore the many resources available to you through the McAuliffe Center during our Educator Open House on Thursdsay, November 6 from 4:30-7:30pm.
November 19: Interested in bringing authentic lunar & meteorite samples to your school? Join us on November 19 from 4:30-8pm for a NASA Certification workshop. See our Teacher Workshops page for more details.