The STEM Education Center offers a variety of professional development workshops for teachers on WPI's campus during the academic year as well as throughout the summer. We focus on enriching STEM education in the classroom at both the subject specific level and as fully integrated subject content & practices across STEM fields. Scroll down to review the upcoming PD offerings. 

Please note: All workshops require a minimum number of registrations to run; registration closes one week prior to each workshop. For more information about any of these professional development opportunities, please email Donna Taylor at dltaylor@wpi.edu

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMING THIS FALL!

At this time, all Fall 2020 PD's will be offered as online, interactive experiences. 

I am STEM - STEM I am

Looking for new ways to engage your students during STEM Week? Thanks to a grant from the MA STEM Advisory Council, you can join us for an interactive and immersive FREE online professional development experience for PK-5 Educators.  Identify the steps of the engineering design process and work together with colleagues to solve problems in storybooks aligned with grade level standards.  Then, guide your students to collaboratively solve problems too!  Take the idea back to your classroom and use it as presented or use your new found knowledge to develop additional problem solving activities that your students will love.  Limited stipends available for advanced participation.

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STEM Club 2020

Launching the FREE PD series during STEM Week
It’s the 2020-2021 school year and STEM Club is back with a whole new twist!  Like never before, we are faced with multiple challenges, we are grappling with issues on racism and trying to incorporate new instructional strategies, all while teaching the subjects we love.  Join us during MA STEM Week on Thurs. October 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm to begin the discussion on integrating equity, inclusion and antiracism with STEM activities.  Engage in discussions around these topics and help shape our STEM Club 2020 series.  It’s a year like no other.  Let’s join together to make it the best it can be – for ourselves, for our students and for our communities.

Register here for this FREE informative and interactive virtual session.

Please contact Donna Taylor with any questions.

Fall 2020 High Quality STEM/PBL Training

Collaborate with educators to increase your understanding of science and engineering practices while exploring and analyzing a variety of technology tools.  Work to draft a shared, standards-aligned STEM/PBL lesson that embeds problem solving activities within the chosen subject area(s). School teams are encouraged to attend.  Spaces are limited! 

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PROGRAM REGISTRATION is now full.

Please contact Donna Taylor with any questions.

SUMMER 2020 STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
At this time, all Summer 2020 PD's will be offered as online, interactive experiences
* 10% discount is given when signing up for 2 or more of these workshops 
PDF Version of ALL Summer PD's

Online STEM Teaching: Meeting the Needs of all Learners*

Need to enhance your online teaching skills to better meet the needs of all of your students?  With this set of introductory and advanced workshops, you can do just that!  There's even a PD specifically for administrators/coaches.  Check them out!

STEM/STEAM Projects*

Looking for new STEM or STEAM project ideas to incorporate into your classroom? Look no further!  Explore challenges aligned with grade-level standards and follow the steps of the engineering design process to solve them.  Always an educator favorite!

STEM for All: equity and inclusion for high-quality STEM learning*

Explore the barriers to inclusion in STEM and learn with others how to reframe the issues and implement strategies such as culturally responsive teaching (CRT) to work towards equity in STEM.

Seeds of STEM

Problem Panda has a LOT of problems! Step into the shoes of a preschool/kindergarten student and experience this hands-on approach to doing STEM with young children. Explore the Seeds of STEM curriculum binder and color images, and discuss with other educators how to implement this year-long curriculum in your classroom.

STEM Educator Certificate Course

Earn a STEM Certificate from WPI! Join us on a journey to design a high-quality integrated STEM Challenge that aligns with STEM standards of your choice. This course is great for in-school educators, out-of-school educators, and coaches of all grade levels. It’s one of a kind!

Assessments Re-imagined

Transform the way you look at assessment practices. Re-imagine and redesign your current assessments to meet critical elements of high quality, while collaborating with grade-level colleagues. Assessing will never be so clear!

Project Based Learning Institute

Immerse yourself in PBL!  Work together with your educator team to dive deeper into the understanding of project-based learning. Let us guide you to plan real-world, high-quality PBL experiences for your students.

Coding and Computational Thinking

Gain insight into coding/computational thinking! Explore, experience, and create meaningful, problem-solving tasks that integrate computational thinking with ELA, math, and science. Don’t have robots?  That’s okay!  The tools we use in this PD will be available to borrow, FREE of charge!

What’s Inside my Technology? + Makerspace Exploration

Have you ever wanted to take something apart to see what’s inside?  Did you wonder what makerspace looks like in other schools? This PD is just for you!  Explore communication systems through several activities that align with middle school T/E standards, while going on a virtual tour of makerspaces.  End the day with a tour of WPI’s newest makerspace!