Professional Development

The GSSM Outreach staff have curated over 25 free professional development resources designed to support educators along with a brief overview of each one.

Ambitious Science Teaching
Great teaching can be learned. This web site provides a vision of ambitious science instruction for elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. Ambitious teaching deliberately aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science ideas, participate in the activities of the discipline, and solve authentic problems. Ambitious Science Teaching feature 4 core sets of teaching practices that support these goals. These core sets make up the Ambitious Science Teaching Framework. The framework has been based on classroom research from the past 30 years—research that has asked, “What kinds of talk, tasks, and tools do students need in order to fully engage in meaningful forms of science learning?” If you are a member of a group of science educators committed to the improvement of teaching, the vision, practices, and tools here will furnish a common language for you about teaching. You will be able to identify “what we will get better at” and how to get started.

American Association of Chemistry Teachers
From online courses to safety tutorials, find additional education opportunities and resources to enhance your teaching. Resources are sorted into five categories: Online Courses, Teaching Methods,Laboratory Resources, AP Chemistry Resources, and Workshops. Available on-demand unless otherwise noted.

California Academy of Sciences: Professional Development
Educators can dive into science content, engage in effective teaching pedagogy, and develop a sense of how science really works.
A beginner, self-paced, online course for teachers who wish to implement computer science fundamentals in their classrooms.

Ed.D. Programs in Science Education
Thinking about an education doctorate in Science Education or STEM? Ed.D. Programs in Science Education has got you covered. Their detailed listings contain links to tuition prices, curricula, and admissions requirements for all kinds of accredited programs. Need a little bit of direction to make your choice? Check out the Science Ed guide. It includes advice on available Ed.D. specialties, typical prerequisites & coursework, and potential career paths.

Education Dive
Provides in-depth journalism and insight into impactful news and trends shaping K-12 and higher education. The newsletters and website cover topics such as policy, blended learning, classroom tech, learning management and more.

Education Week
An independent news organization that provides comprehensive coverage on K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion.
Provides live and on-demand professional development webinars. Teachers can earn professional credit upon completion of the recorded or live webinars.

Faculty Focus: Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications
Although Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the online and college classroom, many of these same strategies are also effective in the K -12 classroom environment. Faculty Focus also includes many articles encompassing a wide range of topics that teachers in general will find interesting and thought provoking.

Fast Forward: Scientific Learning
Online professional development live or pre-recorded webinars. Teachers can earn professional credit upon completion of the recorded or live webinars. Sessions are about one hour in length and focus on “how the brains of your struggling students learn best”.

Kids and Coding: Resources for Educators
This collection of free resources, published by Syracuse University, is for educators and beginners to the skill of coding. It includes several learning pages, such as: "Glossary of Coding Terms," "Six Tips for Teaching Kids How to Code," "How to Teach More Than Just Coding," and "Kid-Friendly Coding Languages and Learning Tools." This guide introduces students and teachers to an essential building block of computer science. This hub also supports students independently learning an important skill.

NASA EPDC: STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative
Distance learning opportunities for educators. NASA webinars on STEM education topics are provided at no cost—learn wherever you are! Educators are provided a certificate upon completion.

National Geographic
These online courses for educators equip teachers with powerful tools to transform their classrooms. Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students. In many of the courses, educators can earn graduate credits through National Geographic’s university partnerships.

The New York Times: Resources for Teachers: Professional Growth Resources and Webinars
A good resource for timely professional development topics such as "80 Tips for Remote Learning From Seasoned Educators" and "7 Activities to Build Community and Positive Classroom Culture During Online Learning".

Next Generation Science Storylines
The focus is on sample storylines demonstrating sense-making of a phenomenon. The tools used in the development of storylines are provided so that teachers may begin developing their own units following a storyline.

NSTA Web Seminars
Live professional learning experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations. All web seminars are recorded for watching on-demand.

PBS TeacherLine
Self-paced courses that require 1.5 to 4 hours of study.

PBS Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media
Teaching Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Engineering Design Through Media is a collection of activities and professional development resources drawn from programs such as WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum of Science, Boston. These media-based resources illustrate and deepen teachers’ understanding of Next Generation Science Standards and help them bring engineering alive for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Phenomenal GRC Lessons
A collection of vetted, three-dimensional lessons for all grade levels as well as tools for developing your own three-dimensional lessons using a phenomenon. These lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards developed from the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The lessons were developed by teachers across districts and states utilizing local phenomena.

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science
The purpose of TIES is to give middle school science teachers all the content knowledge and teaching tools they need to effectively cover their state’s evolution standards. TIES offers on-site workshops, online workshops and webinars. Visit the website to find a variety of resources and materials for teaching evolutionary science.

Smithsonian Science Education Center – Supporting Students’ Science Learning During COVID-19 School Closures
Guidelines and considerations for supporting students during virtual learning, including maintaining equity and access, leveraging the unique situation to facilitate meaningful learning, and purposeful selection of resources.

STEM Teaching Tools
Highly usable tools to support STEM teaching. Every tool has been identified based on what is of interest to teachers. The tools are authored and reviewed by teachers and researchers, so each one leverages our best knowledge from practice and from research to inform how to teach STEM subjects. Also available on this site are self-paced professional development modules.

TeacherFirst: Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers
Provides archived virtual workshops and live virtual workshops that allow educators to earn a professional development certificate upon completion.

An online community for sharing instructional videos. TeacherTube is an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers.