STEM Professional Development at your School or Organization

The STEM Education Center facilitates professional development (PD) and consulting sessions with schools, districts and community organizations based on desired goals. All of our programs meet the standards for high quality PD and are aligned with National and State Standards. Our PDs are interactive, model cooperative learning pedagogy and incorporate considerations for culturally sustaining practices.

PDs can vary in length and can be conducted in-person or virtually. 

The Process for Scheduling a PD or Consultation

We start by listening to you. The Center's PD team consists of experienced STEM educators who understand teaching and learning, educators’ needs, and classroom constraints. Our goal is to develop STEM PDs that meet your goals, recognizing that every school, district, and community-based organization has unique visions and stakeholders. 

Please complete this short survey to inquire about science, PBL, or STEM PD at your organization. We will reach out within 2-3 business days and schedule a 45-minute consultation call. During the call we will discuss your goals and expectations for the PD, your long-term goals regarding STEM or science, and growth expectations for your educators. Following the call we will share with you a written proposal which includes a tentative agenda and PD fees.
There is no charge for these initial steps if you choose not to accept the proposal. We can run any of our current PDs, or develop a workshop specifically for your teachers/staff.

Inquiry survey

* If you have an urgent inquiry, please email Mia at mdubosarsky@wpi.edu or call the STEM Education Center at 508-831-5512.   

PD Topic Ideas

We have conducted numerous PD's around a variety of topics.  Click below to get some ideas or ask us to develop something completely new. We are ready to work with you.  For questions or to schedule a consultation, please contact Mia Dubosarsky.

Unpacking the STEM Framework
  • Core Ideas Progression
  • Understanding the 3-Dimensions of the Framework
  • Unpacking the 8 NGSS Science Practices
Engineering Design and PBL
  • Understanding Engineering Design 
  • Seeds of STEM: Our PK/K STEM Curriculum
  • Engineering a Story:  Solving Problems in Storybooks
  • Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Training for Teachers
  • Math Project and Problem Based Learning
  • Problem Based Learning:  Authentic, Real World and Relevant
  • STEM/STEAM projects 
Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum Development
  • Scope and Sequence and Unit Development for Elementary Science
  • Scope and Sequence and Unit Development for Middle School Science
Online Teaching Tools and Strategies
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning:  Engage, Enhance, Extend
  • Advanced Online Teaching and Learning: Integrating Problem Solving Remotely
Equitable Strategies for an Inclusive STEM Classroom
  • Asset Based Collaborative Teamwork in the STEM Classroom
  • Supporting Equity, Access and Diversity in STEM
Coding and Computational Thinking
  • Coding and Computational Thinking for PK-1
  • Coding and Computational Thinking for Grades 2-5
High Quality Assessment Strategies
  • Keys to Quality Classroom Assessment
  • Developing Standards Aligned Learning Targets
  • Developing High Quality Performance Assessment Rubrics
The Storyline Model of Teaching and Learning Science
  • Understanding the Storyline Model
  • The Process of Doing Science
OpenSciEd Training
  • Understanding the Storyline Model
  • OSE Storyline Routines
  • OSE Unit Planning

Cost for PDs

The PD fees will be determined based on the type and length of the program, number of participants and travel expenses and can range from $1,200 for a half day online PD to $2,800 for a full day with travel expenses. PD fees cover all handouts and materials that will be distributed during the workshop. Exact fees will be established after the initial consultation and will be included in the proposal. 

Special discounts are provided for Worcester Public Schools and schools/districts that have participated in our Strategic STEM Integration program.

 

Schools and Organizations

MA Public School Districts

We have conducted in-school PD with the following MA public school districts...

  • Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
  • Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District
  • Ayer-Shirley Regional School District
  • Belchertown Public Schools
  • Concord School District
  • Douglas Public Schools
  • Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
  • Fitchburg Public Schools
  • Holyoke Public Schools
  • Leominster Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Malborough Public Schools
  • Melrose Public Schools
  • Mendon-Upton Regional School District
  • Millbury Public Schools
  • Northbridge Public Schools
  • North Brookfield Public Schools
  • Peabody Public Schools
  • Pentucket Regional School District
  • Quabbin Regional School District
  • Quincy Public Schools
  • Southwick Tolland Granville Regional School District
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Wachusett Regional School District
  • Wayland Public Schools
  • Worcester Head Start
  • Worcester Public Schools 
OpenSciEd logo

OpenSciEd with Southwick Educators

During the 2023 academic year, we have conducted a series of professional development sessions introducing the OpenSciEd (OSE) curriculum to Grade 5-12 educators. During the sessions, participants experienced OSE routines in student hat, reflected in teacher hat and reviewed upcoming units to plan for implementation. 

Private Schools and Organizations in MA

We have conducted in-school PD with the following MA private schools and comminity organizations...

  • Andover School of Montessori​
  • Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
  • Collaborative for Educational Services
  • Fall River Diocese
  • Jack & Jill Preschool
  • Latino Education Institute
  • Nonotuck Community School
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Our Lady's Academy
  • Saint Catherine of Siena School
  • Saint Joseph Elementary School
  • Shrewsbury Montessori School
  • Sunny Hill Preschool
  • Venerini Academy
  • WooLabs Partnerships

Project Based Learning with WooLabs Partners

Over the last two years, the STEM Education Center has partnered with WooLabs to facilitate professional development for their partner organizations and provide support as each of them developed PBL projects for their students. 

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