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Professional Development

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Educator Professional Development OpportunitiesProfessional Development Opportunities

Join us for a variety of teacher workshops and events. Choose one of our engaging professional development opportunities to earn Professional Growth Points for license renewal. Explore a new exhibit and get to know other educators in a fun, relaxed setting during our Educator Nights. See our upcoming events below.

 

Upcoming Events

Educator Night: Beyond Spaceship Earth & ScienceWorks

Explore the new STEM exhibits and discover how to connect these new experiences to the classroom. Details

date Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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STEM: Beyond Sink and Float

Activities from the new ScienceWorks gallery will be facilitated in ways that can be adapted for the early childhood classroom. Details

date Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

date 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Teaching Social and Emotional Skills Can Be Fun

Learn and practice techniques to help children calm themselves using guided imagery and other methods. Details

date Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

date 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Cocktails and Fairy Tales Teacher Event

Educators will learn strategies for enhancing their reading curriculum through the use of fairy tales, technology, and illustration. Details

date Thursday, Sep 29, 2016

date 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

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Spotlight on Science, featuring Janell Cannon

This night will provide teachers with an up-close encounter with bats and classroom ideas for teaching life sciences. Details

date Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016

date 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

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ScienceWorks: Exploring Waterways Teacher Workshop

Explore ways to teach Earth science and environmental education standards by investigating water through inquiry. Details

date Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Be Empowered: Creating a Bully-Free Culture in the Classroom

Join the museum’s staff and antibullying expert Travis“Mr. Mojo” Brown for this motivational, resource-filled workshop. Details

date Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

date 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

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Beyond Spaceship Earth Teacher Workshop

Incorporate living and working in space into your science and engineering curriculum. Details

date Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

date 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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“Attucks: The School That Opened a City” Special Screening

The story of Crispus Attucks High School tells a compelling piece of Indiana history. Details

date Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

date 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Celebrate the Circus!

Experience the circus of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Details

date Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

date 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

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ScienceWorks: Exploring Weather Teacher Workshop

Dive into elementary Earth science standards and explore ways to use literacy and hands-on instruction to teach weather. Details

date Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

date 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Early Childhood Sensory-Based Theater Experiences

Hear how museum actors craft early childhood theater experiences and receive resources to do the very same thing in your classroom! Details

date Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

date 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Teaching Difficult Topics

Educators will leave this workshop with resources to address topics such as civil rights and the Holocaust. Details

date Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

date 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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