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.

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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-5 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 three 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.

For further information and to request an application, please email us at

Leaders in Science Professional Development Workshops

  • September 7, 2013
    Physics Fun: Energy & Force and Motion
  • November 2, 2013
    Exploring Earth and Space: Earth’s Resources, Earth’s Changes & Our Solar System
  • January 25, 2014
    Project Learning Tree
  • March 1, 2014
    Chemistry and Properties of Matter: States of Matter and Physical & Chemical Properties
  • May 3, 2014
    Learning About Life and the Environment: Adaptations, Food Webs & Food Chains, and Traits & Behaviors

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


To learn more or request an application, contact us today!

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. Sign up today!

  • September 28, 2013
  • May 31, 2014
  • June 21, 2014
  • July 18, 2014
  • August 8, 2014

For registration information, please email us at

Museum Workshops

Teaching for Creativity

The Teaching for Creativity Institute with the Perot Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art is an immersive five-part experience. The institute will meet from 9am-5pm on select Saturdays in the spring of 2014. Teachers must plan to attend all five sessions.

  • January 11: Introduction and Overview
  • February 8: Inquisitive Thinking
  • March 1: Associative Thinking
  • April 12: Transformative Thinking
  • May 3: Wrap-up and Project Sharing

Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, the Teaching for Creativity Institute explores education and creativity through experiences in the galleries of the Dallas Museum of Art and the exhibit halls of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Through conversations and workshops centered on creative attitudes and thinking, the institute supports teaching skills and approaches that foster imagination, curiosity, an open mind and a natural drive for creating in students. Participants reflect on and further develop their own creativity, as well as focus on how to teach for creativity.

The DMA and Perot galleries serve as a kind of laboratory space, in which we consider the creative process and relate creative thinking techniques. In-depth experiences with art and science cultivate our abilities to observe, envision, express, explore, engage, persist, and understand. Through these experiences, we may become more flexible thinkers, better problem explorers and problem solvers—overall, more creative beings.

Download and submit application

Please contact Shannon Karol if you have any questions about the institute or the application process. Those selected to participate in the Teaching for Creativity Institute will be notified of their acceptance by December 20. The $250 tuition must be paid by the date of the first class: January 11.

Traveling Exhibit Workshops

Engage your students in hands-on explorations that help reinforce concepts covered in one of our traveling exhibits. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the traveling exhibit itself during the course of the workshop. Preregistration and a $10 fee are required for traveling exhibit workshops.

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Teacher Trainings

Learn exciting ways to engage your students through one of our Perot Museum of Nature and Science workshops.  Preregistration is required for workshops.

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:30a-3:00p
    Macro, Micro, Nano - During this free workshop, teachers will learn how to discover with their students, things that are too fast, too slow or too small to see. Workshop also includes free screening of National Geographic’s “Mysteries of the Unseen World”. Space is limited, so sign up today!


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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

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 or by watching the Introduction to Spark 101 video.

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Career Connections

At the Perot Museum, inspiring minds through nature and science it’s something that only happens during a program or field trip – it’s an enduring spark that gives students the focus they need to turn their dream jobs into reality as they grow. 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. Bonnie Jacobs, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University, featured in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
  • Thom Powell, Architect and Director of Sustainable Design at Good Fulton & Farrell Architects Sustainability Consultant for the Perot Museum, featured in The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall
  • Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Fire Ecologist and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Kingsville, featured in the Discovering Life 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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