Professional Development

Liberty Science Center recognizes that many teachers face new challenges as they seek to effectively implement standards-based instruction while adapting to online and hybrid learning. We partner with teachers, schools, and districts to offer highly interactive professional development programs that emphasize evidence-based learning, exploration of science phenomena, and scientific discourse.

Experience our engaging and capacity-building professional development programs, and utilize new tools and techniques in your science teaching. Our programs can be delivered online and in-person.

Browse the different dates below, and then select a program to purchase:

April 15, 2021

Investigating Climate Change and Human Impact on Ecosystems

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: 5-8

Engage in Critical Science and Engineering Practices (e.g., Developing and Using models, Asking Questions) while building content knowledge to support teaching climate change and human impact on ecosystems. Explore and discuss how to effectively structure inquiry while using science practices to build an understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.

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April 29, 2021

Design Thinking for STEM Educators

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-8

Learn how to unite science investigations, engineering, and design thinking as you explore how to develop students’ creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Engage in design challenges and discuss how to leverage design thinking to support national standards and 21st-century skills.

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May 6, 2021

Best Practices: Teaching with Zoom

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-12

As educators adapt to the online learning environment, this workshop engages them in the effective use of the Zoom platform. Using a sample STEM lesson, we’ll discuss Zoom functionality and remote learning and teaching strategies.

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May 20, 2021

Inquiry Based Learning in STEM and Humanities

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: K-8

Deepen your understanding of how inquiry-based learning looks in STEM and humanities classrooms. Participants will experience sample inquiry lessons that connect across disciplines and learn to facilitate student sense-making.

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June 3, 2021

Computational Thinking for STEM Educators

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade Levels: 3-8

Explore the major competencies in computational thinking (i.e., pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, and algorithms), experience hands-on STEM activities that support those domains, and purposefully incorporate computational thinking into existing lessons.

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NEW! Educators can also sign up for our five-part virtual series aimed at building capacity around Phenomena-Based, 3-Dimensional Teaching. The series will provide a comprehensive overview of the pedagogy and practice at the core of OpenSciEd—an open-source, research-based middle school science curriculum. Click here to learn more and register now.

For more information, call 201.253.1214, email groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.