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2019 Professional Development Seminar Series


Region: Berkshire, Boston, Cape Cod, Central MA, MetroNorth , MetroWest, Northeast, Pioneer Valley, Southeast
Level: Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8, Grade 9 - 12
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Description: Our 2019 Professional Development Seminar Series is designed for education staff and volunteers from science, environmental, natural history, technology, art, history and other cultural institutions and centers in New England. Classroom teachers, science coordinators and school administrators are welcome to attend.

This year we are offering four seminars – join us on January 31st, February 28th and March 21st for seminars in our traditional morning/afternoon format, and on April 25th for a special full-day session. All four seminars promise to provide an exciting, hands-on professional development opportunity for you and your staff!

Thursday, January 31st: Making Connections with Science
Session I: Carbon, Climate and Consensus
Presenter: Bob Chen, Professor, School for the Environment, and Director, Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Network, UMASS Boston
Session II: Setting Up Seasonal Nature Journals: Getting Students of All Ages Outdoors and Curious
Presenter: Clare Walker Leslie, Author

Thursday, February 28th: Learning From Our Cities
Session I: Biodiversity is Everywhere: Exploring the Ecology of Our Cities and Towns
Presenter: Paige Warren, Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, UMASS Amherst
Session II: Biodiversity is Everywhere! Enhance Your Audience Engagement with Local Biodiversity
Presenter: Marie Studer, Director of Encyclopedia of Life and Learning and

Thursday, March 21st: Science Story Tellers
Session I: New England the Origins of American Environmentalism
Presenter: Chad Montrie, Professor, College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UMASS Lowell
Session II: Integrating STEM and the Humanities: A Role Playing Game
Presenter: Kris Boudreau, Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Thursday, April 25th: Science On the Brain (Full Day Seminar)
Sessions I & II: Minds On Brains: Making the Connection
Presenter: Robert Payo, Teacher Professional Development Coordinator, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Dates: January 31, February 28, March 21, April 25
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Higgins University Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA

For more information and details about each session, visit:

Click here to register: https://museuminstituteforteachingscience.wufoo.com/forms/wsr1s5n1sv6p8c/

Topics: Education, Educational Methods, Science and Engineering Practices

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Seminars are one-day long, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, with a buffet-style lunch included.

PDPs: Certificates of participation are available for each seminar. PDP certificates are available for those participating in two or more seminar dates.

Fee Information: $45 per seminar; $125 for any 3 seminars; $160 for all 4 seminars
A buffet-style lunch is included.