Professional Development

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.

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

In Bloom in Western MA Conference

Saturday, June 8, 8am-4pm
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Antioch New England’s 2019 In Bloom season comes to fruition with this first foray to Amherst, Massachusetts. On June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment will host In Bloom in Western Mass. We are confident that the clematis, iris, peonies, AND dandelions will all be in bloom!
In the past, In Bloom workshops have catered to teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 6, but children grow up, so we’re catching up! This year our workshops are geared to preschool through third grade, so invite your elementary teacher colleagues.
Morning Keynote:
Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World
with Sheila Williams Ridge, Director, Shirley G. Moore Lab School
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
The enthusiasm of early childhood professionals in their valiant efforts to get children outside continues to be inspirational and heartwarming. We’ve got exciting speakers, plus a host of new workshop presenters from our region, along with some old favorites. We’ll also continue to spotlight the work of Antioch New England faculty members who teach in the Nature-based Early Childhood Certificate program.
During the lunch break we will show our short documentary film, The Best Day Ever: Forest Days in Vermont Kindergartens. This movie was filmed in public school kindergartens in Hartland and Norwich, Vermont and illustrates the benefits of one day each week spent outside, year-round, with Kindergarten children.

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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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