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Professional Development

We provide ongoing programs for educators, school teams, and districts to enhance teaching and learning and support the advancement of STEM education goals.

We are a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved professional development provider and award PDP certificates for programs of ten or more hours in length. Our teacher educators work in the Educator Resource Center leveraging the rich resources of the Museum and its library collection to support the needs of teachers as professionals and adult learners.

Learn about the Educator Resource Center

Educator Workshops

Educator workshop at the Educator Resource Center

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Engage in science and engineering practices while exploring new content, teaching ideas, and Museum resources in our educator workshops. Most workshops are offered free of charge to Teacher Partners.

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Teacher Partner Program

Teacher Partner Program

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Keep up to date with our latest offerings and events for educators by joining our free Teacher Partner program!

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Programs for Educators, by Appointment

Appointments are required. To make an appointment, contact or call 617-589-0174.

Team Professional Days

Teams of two to twenty-four educators are invited to schedule a professional development retreat in the Educator Resource Center. Half- or full-day sessions are available at no cost. Group size, date, and program focus are negotiable. Teams have access to our print and media resources, exhibits, educational programs, and talented staff in support of their learning goals. We offer wireless Internet and photocopying resources, and parking is included.

Example themes include:

  • Curriculum Review — see to explore available materials
  • STE Standards Update and Review
  • Engaging in NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
  • Imagining Engineering Education
  • Connecting Science and Language Arts

Field Trip Planning

Would you like to focus your next field trip to make it a valuable learning experience for your students? Museum educators can help you integrate your objectives and make connections to your educational standards in science, technology, and engineering.

Make an appointment and bring a colleague or a PTO member! Support can also take place via phone and/or email conversations. Please schedule appointments at least one week in advance.

Learn more about field trips

Pre-Service Teacher Program

University professors are encouraged to bring their pre-service education classes to the Museum for an introduction to learning in informal education settings.

Our staff provide an overview of the Educator Resource Center services and programs, emphasizing support for teachers as learners. Following a mini-lesson on inquiry science or engineering design, students have time to interact with our print and media resources. They also visit our Exhibit Halls in support of a discussion on planning effective field trips. Course professors are involved in program planning and co-facilitate to ensure that the lessons support overall course goals.

Engineering Focused Programs

The Museum offers curriculum tools and professional development opportunities for integrating engineering education into K – 12 classrooms.

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) Professional Development

EiE provides comprehensive professional development for teachers, schools, and districts — at our location or yours. Flexible, learner-centered workshops prepare you to implement our award-winning curriculum — or teach other educators about EiE. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of engineering concepts, skills, and pedagogy and leave prepared to teach engineering with confidence and foster student-centered, inquiry-based learning.

Engineering the Future® Teacher Sessions

Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process™ is a full-year course designed to introduce high school students to the world of technology and engineering. In partnership with It’s About Time®, we provide a variety of dynamic, hands-on sessions to teachers who are making this course part of their curriculum.

Get an overview with our half-day informational session, or delve deeper with a three-day institute or topic-focused session. An online course is also available.

In-district workshops are available; learn more

The Gateway Project

Endorsed by the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council as an @Scale educational model and replicated across the US, this project helps school districts develop strategic plans to implement K –12 technology and engineering programs, while introducing educators to resources supporting standards-based curricula and assessments.

Learn more about the Gateway Project