Professional Development Programs

We offer standard and custom-designed professional development trainings to help prepare educators for the revised Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework. Focus is on strengthening content knowledge and teaching methods in earth, life, and physical sciences, while incorporating the best practices of environmental education in your classroom. See listing below for upcoming and ongoing professional development offerings.

New Science Standards K-8 Professional Development Opportunity!

Come try New Science Curriculum at our New Super Green Building!

Monday, August 21 & Tuesday, August 22
9:00am – 2:30pm
FREE, space is limited
Registration required

The new Hitchcock Center for the Environment is offering an exciting 2-day professional development opportunity. We have been working with a dedicated group of classroom teachers and our environmental educators to develop several curriculum units that align with the new Massachusetts Science and Technology standards and teach critical lessons about energy, water and climate that are so central to our time. Our new Living Building is able to model systems of net zero water, net zero energy, composting toilets, onsite greywater treatment, and non-toxic building materials which greatly enhance the curriculum.

Free online curriculum units

Hitchcock Center education staff have developed the following comprehensive curriculum units to teach environmental concepts to young people:
The Pond Ecosystem – Grade 3
Energy is Electrifying!! – Grade 4
Hydroshphere, Water and How We Use It – Grade 5

Trainings

The following trainings are designed to assist teachers in implementing curriculum units that have been developed by Hitchcock Center educators and can be custom-designed to meet your school’s professional development needs, whether it be a two, six or 10+ hour training. These units are aligned with the national NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and are environment-based. They aim to make learning relevant to students’ lives and to prepare them to be critical thinkers and 21st century problem solvers. Workshops can be held at your school site or at the Hitchcock Center.

Program Fees Effective July 1, 2015
Professional Development Training: $200 per hour + travel fee
Consulting Fee: $120 per hour + travel fee

Registration and Questions
For more information on trainings, please contact Helen Ann Sephton, School Programs Coordinator via email or 413-256-6006.

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