Pioneer Valley Region 5-Day Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators

The Hitchcock Center has collaborated with the Wade Institute for Science Education to offer a unique professional development course this summer that will connect you with hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge. Spend a week with fellow teachers on-site with us and other partner organizations, to experience effective, inquiry-based science learning!

Learn directly from scientists and education professionals to expand your knowledge in a variety of STEM topics.

Explore science, technology, and engineering content by engaging with industry professionals and scientists.

Visit each partner organization’s site, and engage in inquiry-based investigations.

Discover resources from museums, science centers and higher education institutions in your community that you can utilize throughout the school year.

Take on the role of a student as you investigate science content and collaborate with your peers both in the field and in the classroom.

Participate in content and skill-based development sessions aimed at strengthening your students’ interest in and passion for STEM.

Explore what the Science and Engineering Practices look like in the classroom.

Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) while you improve your confidence in teaching science, and even take an institute for graduate credit.

We’ll provide you with the practical skills you need to integrate more hands-on, minds-on science learning into your curriculum. You’ll leave the course with a deeper understanding of inquiry, and new techniques to reinforce your students’ natural curiosity and spark their interest in STEM. Together, we’ll ensure that your students discover STEM content in an intuitive, impactful way. Learn more about all Summer 2020 professional development opportunities from the Wade Institute and download the brochure.

Pioneer Valley Region: 5-Day Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators
Rivers to Range: Exploring the Pioneer Valley (Integrating Science and Math

July 6-10, 2020 (8:30am – 4:00pm)

For thousands of years, the Connecticut River has flowed through Pioneer Valley, shaping the land and life around it. Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Join us to explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, and immerse yourself in inquiry-based, standards-driven investigations as you learn about how the modern landscape provides clues to a very different past.

Partners & Collaborators:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Beneski Museum of Natural History; Springfield Science Museum; The Trustees of Reservations

$400/participant if attending with one other teacher from your school or district.
$375/participant if attending with 2 or more other teachers from your school or district.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate science credits are available from Cambridge College for $225.
67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate credits are available from Framingham State University for $225.

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