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Professional Development

To teach is to make a life long commitment to learning--for our students and for ourselves. Teachers must work hard to stay abreast of new science content and pedagogy, which is why most states typically require ongoing professional development for re-certification every five years. LAB-AIDSĀ® can help teachers acquire new content and skills, whether you are a veteran teacher, new to the profession, or somewhere in between.

Inquiry Teaching and Learning: Supporting the Practices of Science and Engineering

Most science programs support an inquiry component of some kind, and the new Next Generation Science Standards define inquiry in terms of the Practices of Science and Engineering (SEP).  Why take this course?  Despite a robust research literature supporting the use of inquiry and SEP in the science classroom, putting this research into practice has proven elusive in many schools. What should inquiry teaching and learning look like in the classroom? The workshop will provide concrete strategies to support inquiry teaching and learning and the SEP of the NGSS in the science classroom.

The workshop is appropriate for middle and high school science teachers.  Participants will receive a copy of Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards (2001), published by the National Academies Press, and Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction (2012) by Rodger Bybee, plus equipment samples needed for the workshop.  Teachers will learn to redesign their own lessons so as to better support inquiry and the practices of science and engineering and will examine tools from Achieve and other groups to evaluate lessons for their inquiry and SEP content.

Workshop Price
PD-INQ-01 $1,850, inclusive, includes books and materials for up to 20 teachers
PD-INQ-02 $45, supports books and materials for each additional teacher