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.

2014/2015 Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Online registration for 2014-15 programs will be available beginning July 15.

 

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
greg.defrancis@montshire.org
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
greg.defrancis@montshire.org
802-649-2200 x228

Upcoming Workshops

Teaching Life Cycles, Habitats, and Seasonal Change with Insects

In this workshop you’ll learn how to identify orders of insects, find out more about the lives of common insects like dragonflies and woolly bears, and try out our favorite tools and supplies. 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

Tinkering, Making, and Designing with Electricity

You’ll be the coolest teacher in school when you let students use their knowledge of electricity to build their own creative projects. Learn More

Rock Cycle and Plate Tectonics

Deepen your knowledge of geology as we explore the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and geologic time. Learn More

Using the NGSS Science Practices in Your Classroom

The NGSS provides important performance expectations for students to demonstrate they have met the standards, but little guidance on how to meet those goals in your classroom. Arrive at a richer understanding of the Scientific Practices outlined in the NGSS through hands-on activities and discussions. Learn More

Engineering in the Science Curriculum: Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

Learn how to better engage your students in the practices of science and engineering as outlined in the NGSS. 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

Creating Earth Stories: NASA Data and Imagery

Learn how to access imagery and use it to help students engage with real data of earth processes, climate change, weather, and more. Learn More

The Science of Healthy Behaviors

Looking for innovative ways to teach nutrition and other health behaviors to your middle school students? Learn More

Helping Students Use Evidence to Make Meaning

Using examples from both student’s natural history observation journals and physical science experiments, we will explore how students can develop explanations and argument using the questions, data, and observations that they generate. Learn More

Cells!

Spend a day with Montshire and Dartmouth faculty learning about the basic building block of life. Learn More