Professional Development

Supporting Teaching Professionals to Serve the Next Generation

The STEM Education Center offers professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and informal educators.

Following WPI’s longstanding educational values of theory and practice, the Center provides project- and research-based activities that tackle issues of real-world relevance. Our offerings are driven by the latest research in subject areas as well as best practices for communicating topics in effective and meaningful ways. Our goal is to provide you with new ways to excite and inspire students.

2013-2014 Professional Development Offerings

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In-School PDs

The STEM Education Center will come to your school to deliver a STEM PD suits to your needs and budget. Contact Mia Dubosarsky to set up a consultation meeting.

In-School PD information

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Project-based STEM Teaching & Learning

Offered by: The STEM Education Center 
Target audience: 5-12 educators, administrators, STEM coordinators

This hands-on program models the project-based approach to teaching STEM. Each session focuses on a different design challenge that participants try to solve and then modify to fit their students.

Program information 

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Connecting STEM Projects and Standards

Offered by: The STEM Education Center 
Target audience: 6-12 educators, administrators, STEM coordinators

An engaging day focusing on how to develop good classroom STEM projects. The day will be a blend of observing senior capstone STEM project presentations in your area of interest and guided discussions. This day is presented in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival, and is free to participants.

More information and registration

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Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science Professional Development

Offered by: The Mass Academy of Math and Science
Target audience: Middle and high school teachers

Variety of workshops on STEM teaching and learning are offered by Mass Academy teachers and staff members. Visit WPI’s Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science for details and to register.

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ASSISTments

Offered by: ASSISTments at WPI
Target audience: K-12 math teachers

ASSISTments is an online tutoring program that gives immediate feedback to teachers, students, school administrators, and parents. ASSISTments sas flexible content for teachers to use pre-built problem sets, edit pre-built problem sets, or build their own problem sets. Professional development opportunities are scheduled often, please visit the ASSISTments website for more information.

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Program By Design

Program by Design is an innovative project for computing education that combines motivation with principles. Visit WPI’s Program by Design for details and to register.

Program's information 

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Science Inquiry Learning Group

The Science Inquiry Learning Group focuses on developing technology-based science materials and analytic techniques to support students' learning and teachers' assessments in real time. Science ASSISTments and Inq-Its are two technology-based science programs the group has developed. Learn more about them and how to bring them into your classrooms or contact Professor Janice Gobert directly.  

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STEM Integration for District Leaders

Offered by: The STEM Education Center
Target audience: District leaders (superintendents, district administrators, principals, lead teachers)

The STEM Education Center at WPI invites schools and districts to submit an application for Year III of its signature program: STEM Integration for District Leaders. The program guides and supports schools and districts in the process of developing a holistic, strategic plan for STEM integration in their school/district. A cohort of 3-4 schools and/or districts will be selected to participate in this year-long program. 

Year I cohort (2012-2013) included the districts of Douglas, Leominster, and Quaboag.

Year II cohort (2013-2014, ongoing) includes the schools/districts of Fitchburg, Holy Name Junior/Senior High School, Mendon-Upton, and Wachusett.  

Year III application period is now closed. Thanks to all schools and districts that submitted applications.

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Connecting STEM TT - Educators

Project-Based PD

May 7, 2014; 3:30-6:30
Email Mia Dubosarsky for more information.

Summer PD

Lego Robotics for Educators
July 14-18, 2014

Engineering a Story
July 21-22, 2014

Teaching and Learning with STEM Projects
July 24-25, 2014

Advanced Vex Robotics for Educators
July 21-August 1, 2014

Vex Robotics for Educators
August 4-8, 2014

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