Professional Development

Download Materials for Science Educators

The following professional learning tools include adult learning sessions that can either stand on their own, or be flexibly added to existing PD programs. These materials have been developed, tested and refined over many years with science educators from various audiences. Using these tools, you can deliver high quality professional learning programs to classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and informal science educators in outdoor science schools, museums and aquariums.

Communicating Science

This flexible series of professional learning sessions engages participants in experiences designed to help them understand best practices in science teaching and learning and how to implement them in K–8 classrooms. Sessions incorporate widely used Lawrence Hall of Science instructional materials as examples of inquiry-based, learner-centered teaching approaches.

Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning, Expertise and Sharing (BEETLES)

Residential environmental education (EE) programs provide highly memorable, immersive learning experiences for large numbers of students, providing a tremendous opportunity for improving student understanding about the natural world. These programs are often staffed by young, enthusiastic teacher/naturalists who can benefit from high quality professional development. The BEETLES project will create a series of professional development modules and videos for EE program leaders to use with their staff. The project will also gather, refine, and develop effective activities and resources from across the field for online distribution.

Reflecting on Practice: Workshops

These three-day intensive professional development workshops are developed for staff at zoos, science centers, museums, and community centers. They introduce research and theory related to learning and teaching science, plus tools to deliver more effective science-focused out-of-school programs. Free registration required to download material.