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Professional Development

Professional development resources — such as workshops, online training tools and our very own Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute 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.

Museum Workshops

These workshops are designed for teachers of grades K-12 in public schools, private schools, charter schools, Montessori schools, or any other educational setting. All workshops are TEKS-aligned.

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Gibbs Geology Kit Workshops

March–April 2018

Made possible by a gift in honor of James A. Gibbs, Gibbs geology workshops provide hands-on training for geology lesson kits. Each kit contains TEKS-aligned lesson plans and engaging learning activities that are easily implemented in the classroom. Each school represented will receive one free kit. Schools are welcome to send multiple teachers to be trained on the kit.

These workshops are 3-hour courses in the auditorium at at our Fair Park campus. Themes and starting times vary by date and grade level.

Elementary Kits for K–4th, with “Rocks and Minerals” and “Rocks and Soil”

Saturday, April 21, 1-4pm — Register

Secondary Kits for 5th–8th, with “Fossils” and “Plate Tectonics”

Saturday, April 21, 9am-Noon — Register


Gibbs Geology Tours

March–April 2018

Made possible by a gift in honor of James A. Gibbs, Gibbs geology tours are outdoor, field experiences that highlight the geologic history of DFW, teach collecting skills, and provide connections between field work and the classroom. Each participant receives a free geology backpack containing field work supplies. These tours primarily target high school teachers; however, all grade levels are welcome.

These field experiences will take place from 9am–4pm. Please meet at our Fair Park campus. This workshop is an outdoor field course and may require some light hiking. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Please bring a packed lunch. Small insulated totes/coolers are welcome.

Saturday, April 21 — Register


Life Workshop

April 28, 2018, 9am–3pm

Join us for a bubbly time exploring Chemistry in this workshop. Put on your favorite goggles as we learn more about chemistry through exciting experiments, test and increase your chemistry knowledge, and explore ways to bring chemistry into the classroom.

This workshop will take place in the auditorium at our Fair Park campus. Please bring a computer or tablet.




Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute

We are thrilled to offer the Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute, a free, year-long professional development experience for pre-K–8th grade teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Institute teachers engage in a weeklong summer academy and five Saturday workshops during the school year. Applications for the 2018–19 Institute are now open.

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Institute teachers gain:

  • Science content knowledge needed to effectively teach concepts in all four TEKS reporting categories
  • Ideas and materials for interactive STEM classroom activities
  • Collaboration and access to a network of skilled STEM educators
  • Opportunity to build leadership skills by presenting at Institute workshops and mentoring teachers

Since 2010, the Perot Museum has operated this teacher professional development program, impacting hundreds of teachers since its inception and introducing them to various informal education institutions, such as the Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas Arboretum, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Dallas Zoo, Dallas Children’s Aquarium, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Participating teachers credit the Perot Museum workshops and summer institutes with showing them how to make science fun and exciting for their students.The Perot Museum has transformed its professional development offerings for educators by launching the new Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute. The Museum’s expert educator development team has designed the Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute to expand development opportunities for a wider audience, now spanning grades K-12. The Institute includes highly interactive TEKS-aligned activities that can be easily reproduced in the classroom. This new program will equip teachers with the tools and skills to ignite student enthusiasm for science.Through generous support from our sponsors and a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, this new program is offered completely free to teachers. Contact with questions. 

Why the Institute?

Math and science literacy has been a critical global issue for decades. Nationally, only 21% of American 12th graders are proficient in science. Many U.S. students opt out of science classes in high school and college. The large number of students opting out of science has created a “STEM crisis” in which companies and industries dependent on a well-trained, STEM-proficient workforce are simply unable to fill critical positions within their companies. Two main contributing factors are the shortage of teachers in the STEM disciplines and the lack of student engagement in STEM subjects. These issues are intimately connected and the STEM crisis can only be resolved through a comprehensive approach which ensures that both teachers and students are prepared for STEM success, and excited and enthusiastic about STEM topics. As a long-time regional leader in informal science education, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (the lead applicant for the “Creating a STEM Professional Development Institute for Teachers” project) is uniquely prepared to address these challenges by providing the resources, training and networking support necessary for area science teachers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom.

The Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute will empower teachers to help change students’ perceptions of STEM subjects and their importance to their future education and career choices. 

Through the Institute, selected teachers will receive:

  • High quality, engaging and fun hands-on training based on best practices in providing both deep content knowledge and inquiry-based pedagogical skills
  • Targeted professional development opportunities designed to increase confidence, competence, consistency and creativity in the science classroom
  • The opportunity to become part of an elite network of STEM education professionals
  • Access to resources at the Museum such as educator loan kits and special events
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • CPE Credit 

How It Works

Enrollment in the Institute requires a commitment by teachers to attend one weeklong (four day) summer academy as well as at least five additional weekend workshops throughout the school year. Workshops will either be Museum-based or will be offered in partnership with one of our many informal education partners. Summer academies begin in July and weekend workshops begin in September.

All teachers participating in the Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute will:

  • Attend a four-day Summer Academy, for 24 hours of CPE
  • Have access to Institute workshops between September and May, for up to 48 hours of CPE for teachers attending all monthly opportunities
  • Collaborate with museum educators, and
  • Access to classroom curriculum and loan kits of materials 

Participating teachers are required to:

  • Maintain active participation in Institute programs (e.g., full attendance of Summer Academy as well as 5 or more Institute workshops)
  • Observe and be observed facilitating science teaching and learning by Museum staff and academy colleagues
  • Participation in Institute surveys and assessments to support documentation Institute processes and outcomes; participation in surveys for both teachers and students


If selected to participate, each teacher will receive from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science:

  • 4-day summer academy (attendance required)
  • Opportunity to attend 10 (required to attend a minimum of 5) workshops between September and May
  • Classroom curriculum and loan kits of materials.
  • Continuing education credit.

Supported by

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-10-14-0265-14 and Library Services, Community Impact Fund of The Dallas Foundation and Alliance Data.

Questions about our Professional Development Programs?

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