Professional Development

STC™ Professional Development - Bring Our Trainers to You! 

STC™ curriculum implementation workshops support higher-order teaching strategies to improve student learning. The SSEC offers two types of professional development on every STC™ unit to meet this goal. A complete list of Science and Technology Concepts™ units can be found here.

Introductory Level:

Introductory-level professional development (PD) provides teachers with lesson-by-lesson guidance to implement an STC™ unit in the classroom. Workshops begin with an introduction to hands-on, inquiry-based science education; aligning STC™ to standards; and an overview of unit materials. Participants then practice pedagogical strategies and student notebooking to successfully implement STC™ in their classrooms.

Intermediate Level:

Intermediate-level PD is typically offered after teachers have completed an introductory-level workshop on an STC™ unit and implemented that unit in their classroom. Intermediate-level PD offers a deeper dive into the science content knowledge of the unit through inquiry-based investigations geared toward adult learners.  Teachers analyze student work to address student misconceptions and improve instructional practices for the unit. 

Teachers who take part in both introductory- and intermediate-level PD develop expertise in science content and in using STC™. They are equipped to become leaders in their school communities. 

Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEATs)

The Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) bridge the gap between the SSEC’s formal science education programs and informal education programs at the Smithsonian museums and research facilities. 

Teachers from around the country venture to Washington, DC, for a weeklong course going behind the scenes at the Smithsonian’s museums and world-class research facilities. The academies combine training in science pedagogy with content presented by scientists and researchers who are experts in their fields. Recent Academy topics include Biodiversity, Energy’s Innovations and Implications, and Earth’s History and Global Change.
The goals of SSEATs include:

  • Improving teacher understanding of scientific concepts pertaining to each academy
  • Providing teachers with pedagogical approaches to increase student achievement
  • Engaging teachers in dialogue with scientists and engineers in the field
  • Familiarizing teachers with Smithsonian resources to support the teaching and learning of science

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for our Academies through Virginia Commonwealth University. The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers opportunities for personal and professional development as well as custom training solutions, logistical support and skills training in negotiation and mediation. Take the next step at:
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