Professional Development

MITS 2016 Summer Professional Development Institutes:


Hybrid Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Course Dates:

Half Day On-Site Introductory Session June 11;
On-Line June 18-August 5;
On-Site July 18-22 (8:30 am – 3:00 pm);
Half Day Fall Callback November 5.

To the Moon and Back: Engaging Your Students in Earth and Space Science Through Inquirymits001

Blast off into inquiry-based learning with a journey from Earth to space in this hybrid course! Engage with online content, group discussions, and handson, minds-on inquiry activities, and explore ways to use technology, engineering and math to excite and educate your students about earth science concepts. Examine how tides are controlled by the moon and sun, create earth/moon models, and explain how tidal and weather events are important to local ports and harbors. Dig deep into soil science, collect your own samples, and uncover different properties and patterns of soil formation through data analysis. Explore ways to bring plate tectonics alive in your classroom while you investigate and explain the geographical features we see on Earth — above and below the ocean’s surface. Take a telescopic view as you investigate the stars and beyond, and bring astronomy into a context that is more accessible for students.

Learn how technology and engineering have advanced our understanding of earth and space systems. Throughout the institute, practice a variety of tools, methods and technologies, and tap into your background knowledge to construct inquiry-based activities to explore the realms of Earth and space with your students.

Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Registration Fee: $400/participant; $375/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school districtmits-2

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Cambridge College (4 credits, 90 PDPs; $200), Framingham State University (4 credits, 90 PDPs; $300); 50 PDPs available without graduate credit. PDPs and graduate credit will be awarded after participation in the Fall Callback.

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