Other Professional Development


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Exploring the Arnold Arboretum for Educators

New England Aquarium : Teacher guides

Wade Institute for Science Education - Professional Development

Tufts University Teacher Engineering Education Program



 STEM Educator Certificate Course fully online – Register Now!

Six Saturdays in 2023: 1/7, 1/21, 2/11, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1

Join us for the 10th cohort of the STEM Educator Certificate Course, which guides teachers through everything STEM educators need to know and be able to do. This course engages participants in unpacking the knowledge and skills required of STEM educators, while adapting the content to their subject area, students, and community. The course modules, scheduled over six Saturdays from January to April, cover topics such as the framework for high-quality STEM, standard-alignment, the engineering design process, diversity and equity in STEM, real world connection, and STEM pedagogy. The final project, presented during the last session, is an integrated STEM Challenge, which is aligned with all the components of high-quality STEM. Graduate credit is available. Learn more and register on our webpage, and contact Donna with any questions.


Storyline Model of Teaching & Learning Science Course fully online – FREE for Eligible MA Educators

The Storyline Model of Teaching & Learning Science is a DESE approved course for Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning (OAPL). The course guides educators through the shift toward student-centered science teaching and learning, where students ‘figure out' and explain a real-world phenomenon, as well as the implementation of high-quality instructional materials (HQIM). Throughout the session, participants will experience the different routines and pedagogies associated with the storyline model of teaching science, as well as work with colleagues to review a grade-specific storyline-based unit and plan for adaptation or implementation in their classrooms. Eligible Massachusetts educators may take this course at no cost. Learn more and register on our webpage, and contact Donna with any questions.

Wade Institute January and February:

Wade Institute for Science Education 2023 Professional Learning Workshop

STEAM and Earth Science

A hybrid professional workshop for grades 4-6 educatorsAn Approved Course for MA DESE’s Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning

Explore space science, Earth’s system, and Earth’s place in the universe with the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners the Springfield Science Museum and the Bassett Planetarium at Amherst College! Engage in phenomena and inquiry-based investigations that will bring creativity to astronomy through STEAM. Look through telescopes to put the planets in perspective. Gain access to current astronomy research and inquiry-based STEAM investigations for your classroom. Connect to a community of learners and informal science institutions that can be a resource for you for years to come.

This hybrid professional learning opportunity is an Approved Course for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning and is free for eligible Massachusetts educators. Save your spot at www.wadeinstitutema.org!

Registration Information

  • Dates and Times: Remote Sessions: Wednesday, January 18th & Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 (3:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET) On-Site Planetarium Session: Saturday, January 28th (2:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET)
  • Location: Springfield Science Museum
  • Cost: $200 per educator or free for eligible MA educators
  • Collaborating Partners: Springfield Science Museum; Bassett Planetarium (part of the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College)
  • Credit: 12 PDPs or 1 graduate credit and 22.5 PDPs for an additional fee

Find out if you qualify to attend for free and register online: https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/oapl.   Learn more about the MA DESE OAPL program: https://www.doe.mass.edu/instruction/ela/oapl


Wade Institute (formerly MITS: Museum Institute for Teaching Science)

Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers
National Education Energy Development Project (NEED)
National Science Teaching Association

Project Learning Tree Workshops
WPI STEM Education Center













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