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|
|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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January 28: Here, There, Everywhere
Science is everywhere: Here, on Earth all around you; There, in the sky up above you; Everywhere, in the Universe that includes you!
In this workshop we will utilize analogies in the teaching of science, engineering, and technology (STEM) to connect cross-cutting science content (in Earth and planetary sciences and astronomy) with everyday phenomena, helping to demonstrate the universality of physical laws and the connection between our everyday world and the universe as a whole.
April 1: STOP for SCIENCE “STOP for Science” is a school-wide enrichment program consisting of a series of educational materials designed to pique elementary student interest in science concepts and their application to the world in which we live. The purpose is to expose students to and create school-wide interest about science so students want to “STOP for Science” as displays are changed throughout the year. Although the focus is building-wide, the workshop will focus on content that can be linked to the classroom through a series of theme related activities.