Volume: 02, Issue: 12 06/16/2004 
Numerous professional development opportunities exist for educators. Pictured is a workshop at NASA Stennis Space Center. Photo courtesy NASA/SSC.
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Enhance Your Science Knowledge This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to broaden your professional horizons. Organizations across the United States offer workshops, seminars, and other opportunities to learn more about teaching science, mathematics, and technology. Check out the following opportunities to participate in upcoming events.

T.H.E. Institute's Online Professional Development Courses for Teachers
These courses will show how secondary teachers can use technology in the classroom. Each course will focus on a core content area, including language arts, science, math, and social studies. Courses will become available each month. Teachers can choose to take the courses for graduate or CEU credit. To address a variety of online learning styles, T.H.E. Institute also will offer two kinds of moderation for the courses: one-to-one or many-to-many, or educators can take the courses without the guidance of an expert. T.H.E. Institute hopes that its new offerings will help school districts comply with the Technology section of the No Child Left Behind Act. These courses will help teachers integrate technology throughout the curriculum, and because they focus on grades 7-12, they will help teachers ensure their students are technologically literate. Special pricing is being provided from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill for educators in districts that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT! To register for the courses, go to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/ .

U.S. Department of Education’s Free Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops
The Department of Education is offering seven workshops in which teachers will hear their colleagues present information about research-based practices and effective methods of using data to inform instruction that have been successfully applied in the classroom. Subjects addressed will include mathematics, reading, and science as they apply to diverse groups of students. The workshops are designed by teachers for teachers and will be offered at the following dates and locations: June 21-22, Denver, Colorado; June 28-30, Portland, Oregon; July 6-8, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; July 12-14, Orlando, Florida; July 21-23, Anaheim, California; July 28-30, St. Louis, Missouri; and August 2-4, Boston, Massachusetts. The Department is covering hotel costs for two nights and will provide a travel stipend. Space is limited; for more information, go to http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/Workshops.asp .

Stars and Planets Workshop
Join Penn State University from June 27-July 2, 2004 for a workshop that includes hands-on classroom laboratory experiments, multimedia curricular material, nighttime observing, and planetarium elements. Participants will also earn about the formation and evolution of stars from cold gas in the Milky Way through the final states of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Scientists will share the latest research on exotic stars, X-rays from young stars, and the discovery of extrasolar planets. Educators will receive a number of resources for their classrooms, including the astronomy activity guide "The Universe at Your Fingertips." To learn more, visit http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/Science4Educators/default.asp?WhichPage=star .

Free Summer Science Institutes with Annenberg/CPB Channel
This summer, the Annenberg/CPB Channel is offering a wide range of free science professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. Many workshops and courses will be broadcast to accommodate “institute”-style participation, with daily viewings over two weeks. Topics include Assessment in Math and Science: What’s the Point? and Learning Science Through Inquiry. Optional graduate credit is available. Visit http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/workshop_list.html#science for more information.

Cosmos in the Classroom 2004: A National Symposium on Teaching Astronomy
Some spaces are still available for this 3-day hands-on symposium on teaching introductory astronomy, to be held July 15-18 on the Tufts University campus near Boston, Massachusetts. The symposium will examine new ways to teach, learn, and address the needs of underserved students. It will feature hands-on workshops, lessons, discussions, and more. For more information and registration instructions, access http://www.astrosociety.org/events/cosmos.html .

Galaxies and Cosmology Workshop
Enhance your space knowledge at Penn State University’s Galaxies and Cosmology workshop from July 11-16, 2004. Workshop participants will perform hands-on, PC-based data analysis of real astronomical data, examine multimedia curricular materials, do nighttime observing, and explore the uses of a planetarium while learning about our Milky Way Galaxy, other galaxies, galaxy clusters, and distant quasars. The origins and evolution of the universe itself are described in the context of Big Bang cosmology. Scientists will share the latest research on colliding galaxies, modern all-sky surveys, dark matter, the intergalactic medium, and active galactic nuclei. Educators will receive a number of resources for their classrooms, including the astronomy activity guide "The Universe at Your Fingertips." Check out http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/Science4Educators/default.asp?WhichPage=galaxies for details.

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