Massachusetts Association 
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Museum Institute for Teaching Science Summer Professional Development Institutes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes are unique professional development courses offered in eight regions of Massachusetts. These professional development institutes for teachers bring together scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals with educators from museums, aquariums, natural science centers and other science, technology or cultural organizations to provide one week or hybrid graduate level courses. Visit partner sites to explore STEM content and inquiry-based activities. Depending on the region, daily activities include: nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of laboratories, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more. Each day is a balance of indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. All activities are designed to help you meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.

One-Week Institutes for Grades 3-8 and Middle & High School Educators

One-week professional development institutes for grades 3-8 educators combine content and skill development sessions. Visit each partner institution’s site for 1-2 days and participate in both hands-on inquiry investigations and content sessions. One-week professional development institutes for middle and high school educators combine content and skill development sessions taught by scientists, content specialists and professional educators. These courses are based out of the lead institution with field trips to area research labs, field sites and local businesses with product development laboratories.

Cape Cod Region 

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry

Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dates: July 10-14June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

Housing available for Cape Cod Region


MetroWest Region

One-Week for Middle and High School Educators

New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change

Partners: Framingham State University College of STEM, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education

Dates: July 10-14June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback

Housing available for MetroWest Region


North Shore Region

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes

Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Ipswich High School, Boston University

Dates: July 17-21June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback


Southeast Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions

Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center

Dates: July 17-21June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

Hybrid Institutes for Grades 4-10 Educators


Hybrid professional development institutes combine 16 hours of on-line instruction with a one-week on-site component. During the on-site component, spend a day at each partner institution’s site participating in hands-on inquiry investigations combined with content sessions.


Middlesex Region

Hybrid Institute for Grades 4-10 Educators

Science in the Field: Utilizing Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

Partners: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Dates: On-Site July 17-21June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback

Online Component: June 17-August 4


Visit http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes/ for registration information.

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