Professional Development

The Montshire offers teacher workshops and curriculum coaching that provide the knowledge, skills, and curriculum resources to support K-8 science learning.

Teacher Workshops at the Montshire

Montshire hosts several professional development opportunities for teachers. Programs range from half-day workshops to two-week summer institutes. The Montshire maintains a professional staff with expertise in teaching and learning techniques, inquiry science, natural history and environmental education, and curriculum development. Our teacher enhancement and professional development programs have been supported by various agencies and programs, including the National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Energy; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; U.S. Environmental Protection Administration; NASA, National Institutes of Health, and Vermont Institute of Science, Math and Technology.

2015 / 2016 Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Online registrations for 2015-16 programs can be found with their calendar listings.


Teacher Workshops at Your School

These short, content and lesson-based workshops are typically used by schools during in-service days or staff meeting times. We offer a variety of workshops that last between 90 minutes to two hours. Each workshop includes hands-on activities that help build understanding of science content and methodology. Workshops may be scheduled as a single program or as a multi-day series. Typical contracting agents include schools, school districts, and science teacher associations. Multi-day series' are available. Cost is based on duration of project, travel, and workshop materials.

For more information contact:
Greg DeFrancis
802-649-2200 x228

Curriculum Consulting

Not sure how to teach a unit on simple machines that is chock full of great inquiry experiences? Think your lessons on habitats are only ho-hum? Work one-on-one with a professional educator who will visit you in your classroom, listen to your needs, help you design great student experiences that are aligned with state standards, and co-teach lessons using Montshire's resources, equipment, and collections. Coaching can re-energize your teaching by helping you build content knowledge and develop exciting ideas that can be used throughout the school year.

For more information contact:
Greg DeFrancis
802-649-2200 x228

Upcoming Workshops

FIRST® LEGO® Rookie Coaches Training

FIRST® LEGO® Rookie Coaches Training Interested in starting a FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) team, but have more questions, or are not sure where to start? This workshop is for you! Learn More

Training for FIRST® LEGO® League coaches—FLL® Programming Workshop

Training for FIRST® LEGO® League coaches—FLL® Programming Workshop Worried that you don't know anything about programming and have a gaggle of kids to teach? Well, put your mind at ease! Learn More

Teacher Workshop: Science in the Outdoors

Looking to expand your use of an outdoor classroom or for more opportunities for your students to collect data in the natural world? Learn More

Microscopes on the Road for the Upper Elementary Classroom

The Montshire has developed a two-week portable Microscope Unit that will bring an entire set of microscopes to your classroom! Learn More