Professional Development

Professional Development

Wade Institute for Science Education 2021 Summer Professional Development Institutes: Landscapes on the Move

Landscapes on the Move: Investigating Geologic Formations and Processes

Landscapes on the Move: Investigating Geologic Formations and Processes

A Remote Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Dig into the geology of New England and learn how our landscape is continually being formed and eroded. Discover the role of glaciers in shaping our area, including kettle ponds and glacial potholes on the Cape and drumlins around the bay. Investigate and analyze other changes in our area, from landslides to shifting shorelines. Throughout the course, apply scientific and engineering principles to monitor these changes to the landscape.

Partners: Cape Cod Learning Tours; Cape Cod Museum of Natural History; Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown; Lloyd Center for the Environment.

During this institute:

Participate in content and skill-based development sessions aimed at strengthening your students’ interest in and passion for STEM.

Visit (virtually) partner organization sites and engage in inquiry investigations or fieldwork.

Explore (virtually) research and development labs at Massachusetts’s based STEM companies

Engage in multi-modal remote learning through synchronous group discussion with experts, scientists, and peers; asynchronous peer collaboration time; and individual, at-home investigations and activities.

Practice integrating science content with the Science and Engineering Practices to develop inquiry-based investigations that can be adapted for in-person, remote, or hybrid classrooms.

Discover resources from museums, science centers, and higher education institutes in your community that you can utilize throughout the year.

Enrich your teaching toolbox with science investigations that meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework and NGSS Standards.

Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) while you improve your confidence in teaching science, and even take an institute for graduate credit.


Dates: Virtual Sessions July 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 (8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST)
Course includes 5 virtual sessions plus 15 hours of online learning.

Cost: $475/participant
$425/participant if attending as a team with 2 other teachers from your school or district.
$400/participant if attending with as a team with 3 or more other teachers from your school or district.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Cambridge College for $225.*
3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Framingham State University for $225.*

Participants will be provided with a materials kit for the inquiry-based, hands-on investigations during the course.

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