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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.

Questions? Please email us at teacherworkshops@perotmuseum.org.

Experience Perot Museum School Programs

September 8, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

Come preview some of the Perot Museum’s brand new school programs being offered this year with our talented Museum educators. The workshop will explore LEGO® Simple Machines: Catapult Challenge and Nature Investigators, and help you discover creative ways to continue the learning in your classrooms!

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Tech and Engineering

September 15, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

Learn how to “TECH out” your classroom with new and exciting technologies, such as virtual reality, robotics, coding systems, and more. No experience necessary! This workshop will explore the theory behind the engineering design process and inquiry-based learning with collaborative, hands-on training.  

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I Need More Space

November 17, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

Launch into learning as we expand our knowledge of our planet, solar system, and universe. Design and engineer rockets, robotics, and rovers, utilizing sensors to collect and interpret data. The workshop will focus on how to enhance student learning with real-time data in the classroom.

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The Science of Math

December 8, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

This workshop will help you discover creative and impactful ways to integrate math into all levels of STEM learning. We will be joined by special guests to discuss STEM innovation and coding in the classroom.

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Get a Reaction with Chemistry

January 19, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

This is not your average chemistry workshop! We will discover how to gamify your chemistry lab to get the best “reaction” out of your students. Collaborate with fellow educators in this highly interactive and hands-on workshop.

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The Art of Life

February 9, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

Come explore life science through a STEAM lens. In this workshop, we will get up close to the microscopic world around us, and discover innovative ways of teaching life sciences.

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Physics: The Reason Everything Happens

April 13, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm | $45

Come experiment with energy and matter, and discover how the world around us works! This workshop will cover creative ways to teach physics in your classrooms and utilize real-time data collected with sensors.

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Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute

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

Applications for the 2019–20 Institute will open in January 2019.

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 Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute has been equipping teachers with strategies and resources to help keep science fun and exciting for their students — including ways to incorporate informal education institutions like the Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas Arboretum, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Dallas Zoo, Dallas Children’s Aquarium, and the Dallas Museum of Art into their instruction.

Today, these workshops and summer institutes span grades K-12 and include highly interactive TEKS-aligned activities that can be easily reproduced in the classroom. Through generous support from our sponsors and a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, this program is offered completely free to teachers. Contact teacherworkshops@perotmuseum.org with questions. 

Why the Institute?

With large numbers of U.S. students opting out of science classes in high school and college, our country is experiencing a STEM crisis — a lack of STEM-proficient candidates to fill critical positions in industries dependent on these skills. Two main 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 this crisis can only be resolved through a comprehensive approach that sparks STEM excitement among teachers and students alike.

As a longtime regional leader in informal science education, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science 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 — empowering them to 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 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
  • Have 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 five 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:

  • Four-day summer academy (attendance required)
  • Opportunity to attend 10 (required to attend a minimum of five) 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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