Summer often flies by faster than the speed of light, but opportunities are still available for educators to participate in professional development offerings. Check out these options for the months ahead.
Teaching Excellence in Introductory Astronomy Workshops
Sponsored by the NASA JPL Navigator and Spitzer EPO Programs, these two-day and three-day interactive teaching excellence workshops focus on dilemmas astronomy teachers face and develop practical solutions for the troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. After reviewing the latest research about how students learn, participants will define and set measurable student learning goals and objectives for students in their astronomy courses. Participants will learn how to create productive learning environments, write more effective multiple-choice tests, and implement authentic assessment strategies that increase student achievement. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Graduate credit from the University of Arizona is available by paying a tuition fee, and professional development Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also often available. Pre-registration is required. Visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/ to learn more.
Planetary Summer Workshops by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Join experienced geologists, planetary scientists, and astrobiologists for week-long workshops, often with field trips to national parks. Educators will learn how to relate rocks and life in extreme environments in the Park to conditions on other solar system bodies, combining field observations with results from space exploration through labs, presentations, and activities suitable for the classroom. Learn more at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/upcomingmeetings.shtml .
Aerospace Education Services Program
The NASA Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP) provides assistance and support to educators in updating science, mathematics, geography, and technology curricula, and in utilizing new and evolving instructional technology and teaching strategies. Information about professional opportunities for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 educators is available at http://education.nasa.gov/aesp .
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