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Professional Development

Professional Development

Learning never stops at the Perot Museum! Professional development resources – such as workshops, online training tools and our very own Leaders in Science program that equips teachers with the tools and skills to ignite student enthusiasm for science – give teachers the opportunity for career growth. Learn from Perot Museum educators and other teachers, and take your class to new heights in learning.

Professional Development Workshop Request

Educator Open House

October 2, 2014, 5-9pm

Spend the evening enjoying the Perot Museum's First Thursday Late Night activities, while learning about the many programs the Museum has available to pre-K to 12th grade educators and their students.  Information about field trips, traveling exhibits, films, professional development and more will be available, as well as special program opportunities for teachers.

Teachers plus a guest are free with pre-registration.

For more information, please contact lis@perotmuseum.org.

Leaders in Science

Supported by ExxonMobil, Texas Instruments Foundation, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

The Perot Museum offers STEM-inspired professional development for K-6 teachers participating in the Leaders in Science program, as well as other DFW area teachers. Our workshops include highly interactive TEKS-aligned activities that can be easily reproduced in the classroom.

Leaders in Science is an innovative campus partnership that currently serves two elementary schools in the Dallas and Irving Independent School Districts. In addition to equipping teachers at our partner schools with the tools and skills to ignite student enthusiasm for science, Leaders in Science also offers a Professional Development Institute for other educators who apply to be a part of the program. Institute workshops are free to a limited number of Region 10 and Region 11 teachers and require both teacher and principal commitment. Teachers must attend at least five Institute workshops, provide feedback on all lessons used, mentor at least one other science teacher and create at least one lesson to be shared at a Perot Museum workshop. Principals must provide opportunities for Institute teachers to share workshop insights with other science teachers on their campus.

Download a Professional Development Institute Application, or contact lis@perotmuseum.org with questions.

Leaders in Science Professional Development Workshops

  • September 20, 2014
    Physics Fun
  • October 25, 2014
    Exploring Earth
  • January 24, 2015
    Mixing it Up with Chemistry and Properties of Matter
  • March 28, 2015
    Learning About Life and the Environment
  • May 2, 2015
    Studying Space

Register early, spaces are limited!

Campus-Based Partnerships

Our multifaceted Campus-Based Partnerships provide intensive on-site support for all science teachers on the campus, along with supplemental enrichment through workshops and Museum outreach programs. Campus-Based Partnerships include:

  • On-campus support and coaching 3-4 days a week
  • TEKS-specific lessons and kits
  • Regular meetings to share ideas and reinforce best practices
  • Summer and Saturday workshops
  • Vouchers for at least two outreach programs, conducted by Museum educators who are expert facilitators of hands-on science instruction
  • Complimentary or reduced individual Museum memberships for teachers
  • Free or reduced admission to lectures and other Museum events

Professional Development Institute

Our Professional Development Institute offering focuses on sustaining professional development for area science teachers. Teacher participation in the Professional Development Institute involves:

  • Support from the principal in order to apply
  • A competitive application process, as participation is limited to 40 teachers
  • Attending at least five Saturday workshops at the Museum
  • Using LIS lessons in the classroom and reviewing outcomes with the principal and LIS coordinator
  • Presenting an LIS workshop to fellow science teachers, or creating and presenting a TEKS-focused lesson at a Saturday workshop
  • Mentoring at least one teacher

Teacher Comments

"My bilingual students were able to understand the concepts of push and pull after using the Playing with Pushes and Pulls box. I had them use the manipulatives first, and then use the book. They were able to answer the questions more easily."

"Students really enjoyed learning to observe what kinds of objects moved in different kinds of ways. They really began to look for movement everywhere in their world."

"Students were VERY excited to use the Heat Energy Kit that I checked out. We experimented with adding heat to not only the candle wax included in the kit, but chocolate chips, crayons, ice, and several other objects. The students discussed what properties were changed by adding heat and what properties remained the same."

Chase Bio Lab Workshops

Discover exciting ways to easily replicate the Perot Museum’s Chase Bio Lab activities in your classroom. These free workshops are available to any K-12 science teacher; preregistration is required, and space is limited. Click on the date to sign up today!

For registration information, please email us at lis@perotmuseum.org.

Museum Workshops

Traveling Exhibition Workshops

Our Traveling Exhibitions Workshops are designed to provide classroom extensions through hands-on lessons, as well as Museum-based connections to help you plan a field trip around the exhibition.  Activities will reinforce concepts presented in the exhibition, and participants will have the opportunity to view the exhibition as part of the workshop.  Pre-registration and a $15 fee are required for the Traveling Exhibition Workshops.

For questions email lis@perotmuseum.org.

"Now Showing" Workshops

As an aid to planning future field trips, the Perot Museum invites you to take part in hands-on activities aligned to the films that are showing in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the movie during the course of the workshop, as well as explore Museum-based exhibits and activities that relate to the film.  Pre-registration and a $15 fee are required for "Now Showing" Workshops.

For questions email lis@perotmuseum.org.

Spark 101

Spark 101 is an innovative, free resource available to North Texas educators to help you ignite student interest in STEM subjects. As the regional affiliate, the Perot Museum is helping to launch the program in the region, as well as support outreach and training of local educators. Using curriculum-connected industry videos and teacher resources available through the program, Spark 101 can help you bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications to inspire your students to thrive in college and future careers.

For more information about Spark 101 professional development, email spark101@perotmuseum.org.

Free Spark 101 Teacher "Best Practices" Webinars

Looking for ways to ignite student interest in STEM? Or bring real-world problems into your classroom for your students to solve? Look no further than Spark 101—a free professional development resource designed by teachers for teachers. Register for free webinars where you'll learn how to use Spark 101’s interactive videos and instructional resources to engage secondary students in inquiry-based, STEM learning and integrate it directly into your course curriculum.

Free Spark 101 Workshops at the Museum

Spark 101 Educator Orientations are open to all North Texas secondary STEM educators. These workshops train educators on how to use Spark 101’s interactive videos from industry and instructional resources to engage students in inquiry-based learning and strengthen 21st century skills like critical-thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. The short, scenario-based videos are shared by industry professionals and directly align to national curriculum programs, such as the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and National Academy Foundation (NAF) programs. Register for a free professional development workshop at the Perot Museum. All workshops are elligible for CPE hours.  

Train the Trainers workshop is open to secondary STEM educators who have completed a Spark 101 Orientation and used a Spark 101 lesson in their classroom. Workshop is for teachers who are interested in being Spark 101 Trainers for their schools, district channels or via online webinars.  Trainers need to attend Orientation, Train the Trainers, and be willing to train (in person or via webinar) and follow up with at least 15 teachers. Get CPE hours. Qualify for stipends for your professional expertise! (90 mins)

As the local affiliate, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is helping build the adoption of Spark 101 in the region, as well as supporting outreach and training to local educators. Learn more about Spark 101 at Spark101.org or by watching the Introduction to Spark 101 video.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Adults

Career Connections

In the wake of recent legislation, educators throughout the state of Texas are ramping up their focus on career education. At the Perot Museum, inspiring minds through nature and science is a lifetime commitment — which is why our exhibits and programs incorporate a range of career insights to inform and excite the next generation of science leaders. The Perot Museum is a perfect place to visit to learn all about careers in a variety of STEM fields. In addition to the many interactive exhibits and rare specimens at the Perot Museum, each exhibit hall features video profiles of scientists and other professionals who provide firsthand insights into their chosen careers, as well as the paths they took to get there. 

Examples include:

  • Dr. Craig Farquhar, Avian Ecologist and Bird Illustrator (featured in the Rose Hall of Birds)
  • Dr. Penny Morris-Smith, Professor of Biology and Geology at the University of Houston and a Planetary Geologist (featured in the Expanding Universe Hall)
  • Kenneth Coulter, Medical Illustrator (featured in the Being Human Hall)

Educator Resources

There’s no better destination for discovery than the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. That’s why we’ve developed these educator-specific resources to encourage you and your class to experience all that the Perot Museum has to offer. Find information on school programs in the Teacher's Guide, financial aid assistance, your career and more.

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