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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On September 26 from 4-6pm, the Christa McAuliffe Center will host the grand opening reception for a special exhibit of images like the one at the right, commissioned by NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., which celebrates the 15-year anniversary of one of NASA's Great Observatories, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This grand opening is free to educators and will include the Chandra exhibit and a special planetarium presentation.
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."
October 25: The 1st Annual Integrated STEM Symposium will be hosted at Framingham State University and is open to all STEM Certificate Program alumni. Keynote address will be delivered by PTC Inc. CEO Jim Heppelmann, and breakout sessions and other interactive sessions will be included.