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Professional Development for Teachers

Our goal is to help teachers infuse their classes with hands-on activities, scientific inquiry, compelling content, and science communication and literacy to strengthen and inspire STEM teaching and learning.

CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOPS

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Design Make Play STEM institute

The Design, Make, Play approach blends problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student driven. These experiences lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. This special series reinforces science content, aligns with standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st-century skills. Courses are CTLE certified. Select from the list below.


If you would like to request a private PD for your group or for more information, contact Georgette Williams at 718-595-9114 or gwilliams@nysci.org

Motion, Magnets, and More!

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

Explore the scientific principles of force and motion, magnetism and more while learning how to incorporate hands-on activities for early elementary students. NYSCI staff will model creative techniques and sensory rich exploration from racing vehicles down zip-lines to painting with magnets. Learn how to incorporate hands-on engineering activities for early learners that are aligned to the Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Exploring Earth Materials

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

From soil exploration and using flowers and fruits for natural dying to recreating the rock cycle using colorful playdoh, participants will use scientific processes and tools to explore the qualities of earth materials and build science inquiry skills including observation, making predictions, experimentation and communication. Learn how to incorporate hands-on activities that introduce earth materials science to early learners. Connections will be made to the Common Core standards and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Recommended for Educators that teach grades K–4

Learn how to incorporate playful and interactive activities for early elementary students that demonstrate animal adaptations across various biomes. Participants will learn how to utilize designing and making strategies that investigate the differences in animals including predator/prey relationships and how animals have adapted to survive in the environments that they live in. Connections will be made to the Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

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Design Make Play STEM institute

The Design, Make, Play approach blends problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student driven. These experiences lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. This special series reinforces science content, aligns with standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st-century skills. Courses are CTLE certified. Select from the list below.


If you would like to request a private PD for your group or for more information, contact Georgette Williams at 718-595-9114 or gwilliams@nysci.org

Motion, Magnets, and More!

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

Explore the scientific principles of force and motion, magnetism and more while learning how to incorporate hands-on activities for early elementary students. NYSCI staff will model creative techniques and sensory rich exploration from racing vehicles down zip-lines to painting with magnets. Learn how to incorporate hands-on engineering activities for early learners that are aligned to the Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Exploring Earth Materials

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

From soil exploration and using flowers and fruits for natural dying to recreating the rock cycle using colorful playdoh, participants will use scientific processes and tools to explore the qualities of earth materials and build science inquiry skills including observation, making predictions, experimentation and communication. Learn how to incorporate hands-on activities that introduce earth materials science to early learners. Connections will be made to the Common Core standards and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

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Design Make Play STEM institute

The Design, Make, Play approach blends problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student driven. These experiences lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. This special series reinforces science content, aligns with standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st-century skills. Courses are CTLE certified. Select from the list below.


If you would like to request a private PD for your group or for more information, contact Georgette Williams at 718-595-9114 or gwilliams@nysci.org

Motion, Magnets, and More!

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

Explore the scientific principles of force and motion, magnetism and more while learning how to incorporate hands-on activities for early elementary students. NYSCI staff will model creative techniques and sensory rich exploration from racing vehicles down zip-lines to painting with magnets. Learn how to incorporate hands-on engineering activities for early learners that are aligned to the Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Exploring Earth Materials

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre K–2

From soil exploration and using flowers and fruits for natural dying to recreating the rock cycle using colorful playdoh, participants will use scientific processes and tools to explore the qualities of earth materials and build science inquiry skills including observation, making predictions, experimentation and communication. Learn how to incorporate hands-on activities that introduce earth materials science to early learners. Connections will be made to the Common Core standards and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

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Maker Space

Our Maker Space professional development programs are designed to foster creative problem solving through our pedagogical approach that demonstrates how materials exploration and tinkering can support and develop an "I Can" mentality among learners of all ages. Select from one of our one-day workshops, mix and match them, or customize a professional development program that meets your needs.

INTRO TO MAKING: MAKER 101

Learn the history and philosophy behind the Maker Movement, Maker Faire, and maker spaces. Participants will experience the 4D method (Deconstruct, Discover, Design/Make, Display), a successful strategy used to develop maker learning experiences that fosters creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. NYSCI staff will model hands-on activities using everyday materials that encourage experimentation and demonstrate how a maker curriculum can integrate STEM content and link to curricular standards.

MAKING WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS

Making does not need to rely on expensive materials or equipment; it just needs to be centered around a mindset that encourages materials exploration. In this workshop, participants will focus on modeling maker activities that use simple materials to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Explore how various materials (cardboard, duct tape, scissors, etc.) can transform your classroom into a dynamic makerspace and align with cross-disciplinary subjects. Materials featured will be based on your resources and needs.

INTRO TO HAND TOOLS IN THE CLASSROOM

Learning to use hand tools builds confidence and creative problem-solving skills as well as provides a platform for innovative thinking. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use basic hand tools such as pull saws, rasps, files, sandpaper, and hot glue guns to create student-driven projects. We will explore how these tools can enhance your classroom curriculum. Techniques for proper tool use, care, and maintenance will also be discussed.

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Maker Space

Our Maker Space professional development programs are designed to foster creative problem solving through our pedagogical approach that demonstrates how materials exploration and tinkering can support and develop an "I Can" mentality among learners of all ages. Select from one of our one-day workshops, mix and match them, or customize a professional development program that meets your needs.

INTRO TO MAKING: MAKER 101

Learn the history and philosophy behind the Maker Movement, Maker Faire, and maker spaces. Participants will experience the 4D method (Deconstruct, Discover, Design/Make, Display), a successful strategy used to develop maker learning experiences that fosters creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. NYSCI staff will model hands-on activities using everyday materials that encourage experimentation and demonstrate how a maker curriculum can integrate STEM content and link to curricular standards.

MAKING WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS

Making does not need to rely on expensive materials or equipment; it just needs to be centered around a mindset that encourages materials exploration. In this workshop, participants will focus on modeling maker activities that use simple materials to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Explore how various materials (cardboard, duct tape, scissors, etc.) can transform your classroom into a dynamic makerspace and align with cross-disciplinary subjects. Materials featured will be based on your resources and needs.

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Maker Space

Our Maker Space professional development programs are designed to foster creative problem solving through our pedagogical approach that demonstrates how materials exploration and tinkering can support and develop an "I Can" mentality among learners of all ages. Select from one of our one-day workshops, mix and match them, or customize a professional development program that meets your needs.

INTRO TO MAKING: MAKER 101

Learn the history and philosophy behind the Maker Movement, Maker Faire, and maker spaces. Participants will experience the 4D method (Deconstruct, Discover, Design/Make, Display), a successful strategy used to develop maker learning experiences that fosters creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. NYSCI staff will model hands-on activities using everyday materials that encourage experimentation and demonstrate how a maker curriculum can integrate STEM content and link to curricular standards.

MAKING WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS

Making does not need to rely on expensive materials or equipment; it just needs to be centered around a mindset that encourages materials exploration. In this workshop, participants will focus on modeling maker activities that use simple materials to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Explore how various materials (cardboard, duct tape, scissors, etc.) can transform your classroom into a dynamic makerspace and align with cross-disciplinary subjects. Materials featured will be based on your resources and needs.

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NYSCI Science Coach program

NYSCI’s Science Coach works offsite with partner schools that need assistance to rethink and revitalize their STEM programs. By providing someone with formal science credentials and solid experience in the informal “hands-on” science world to work with teachers at their home school, NYSCI is:


  • Facilitating the increased use of school science labs.
  • Fostering more hands-on and inquiry-based science teaching across the grades.
  • Increasing student participation in regional science and technology competitions.

The overarching goals for all schools

  • To foster positive attitudes toward science and new methods of science teaching.
  • To inspire interest in science studies or careers in science.
  • To expand science content knowledge among teachers.
  • To increase hands-on and student-centered learning in the classrooms/labs.
  • To increase lab use and science equipment/material use.
  • To organize, restructure, and plan science lab(s).
  • To prepare students for the NYS science examinations and improve exam scores. These tests are given in grades 4 and eight.
  • To improve science fair project quality and increase student accomplishments in regional competitions where applicable.
  • To foster a relationship between NYSCI and schools, via school trips, workshops, outreach, etc.

The Work of a Science Coach

The Science Coach provides extensive professional development for teachers via individual coaching, onsite teacher workshops, guest speakers for science classes, frequent phone and email contact with teachers, and faculty meetings. One focus of Science Coach work is to ensure that each school has a well-equipped science lab or other functional space for STEM experiments and activities.

Teachers meet with the Science Coach throughout the year to increase their STEM content knowledge, become familiar with the new state STEM standards, develop new hands-on lessons to support their curricula and needs, as well as become more involved in creating a well-used and comfortable science lab environment in their schools.

For more information Contact Us →

LESSON MODELING

Through lesson modeling, the Science Coach helps teachers increase their science content knowledge. Teachers observe exemplary teaching techniques and “hands-on” inquiry-based approaches, and they are expected to prepare and follow up on that lesson (pre-and post-lab) as well as master the demonstration lesson so they will be able to confidently use these hands-on methods with students.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND OUTREACHES

Educators are expected to provide hands-on lessons, yet many of New York City’s classrooms are not equipped with the tools to facilitate these activities. The Science Coach brings NYSCI portable exhibits, science equipment, and activities to the participating schools so that students can have the opportunity to use equipment or see demonstrations, such as a cow’s eye dissection, that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

STATE TEST PREPARATION

Schools receive comprehensive 4th and 8th grade state science test preparation for the performance (lab) component. Observing the Science Coach as she performs lab procedures for specific grade levels, teachers have a model for how to set up the stations, facilitate the practice activities, and guide students to think critically while incorporating appropriate vocabulary and explanations.

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NYSCI Science Coach program

NYSCI’s Science Coach works offsite with partner schools that need assistance to rethink and revitalize their STEM programs. By providing someone with formal science credentials and solid experience in the informal “hands-on” science world to work with teachers at their home school, NYSCI is:


  • Facilitating the increased use of school science labs.
  • Fostering more hands-on and inquiry-based science teaching across the grades.
  • Increasing student participation in regional science and technology competitions.

The overarching goals for all schools

  • To foster positive attitudes toward science and new methods of science teaching.
  • To inspire interest in science studies or careers in science.
  • To expand science content knowledge among teachers.
  • To increase hands-on and student-centered learning in the classrooms/labs.
  • To increase lab use and science equipment/material use.
  • To organize, restructure, and plan science lab(s).
  • To prepare students for the NYS science examinations and improve exam scores. These tests are given in grades 4 and eight.
  • To improve science fair project quality and increase student accomplishments in regional competitions where applicable.
  • To foster a relationship between NYSCI and schools, via school trips, workshops, outreach, etc.

The Work of a Science Coach

The Science Coach provides extensive professional development for teachers via individual coaching, onsite teacher workshops, guest speakers for science classes, frequent phone and email contact with teachers, and faculty meetings. One focus of Science Coach work is to ensure that each school has a well-equipped science lab or other functional space for STEM experiments and activities.

Teachers meet with the Science Coach throughout the year to increase their STEM content knowledge, become familiar with the new state STEM standards, develop new hands-on lessons to support their curricula and needs, as well as become more involved in creating a well-used and comfortable science lab environment in their schools.

For more information Contact Us →

LESSON MODELING

Through lesson modeling, the Science Coach helps teachers increase their science content knowledge. Teachers observe exemplary teaching techniques and “hands-on” inquiry-based approaches, and they are expected to prepare and follow up on that lesson (pre-and post-lab) as well as master the demonstration lesson so they will be able to confidently use these hands-on methods with students.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND OUTREACHES

Educators are expected to provide hands-on lessons, yet many of New York City’s classrooms are not equipped with the tools to facilitate these activities. The Science Coach brings NYSCI portable exhibits, science equipment, and activities to the participating schools so that students can have the opportunity to use equipment or see demonstrations, such as a cow’s eye dissection, that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

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NYSCI Science Coach program

NYSCI’s Science Coach works offsite with partner schools that need assistance to rethink and revitalize their STEM programs. By providing someone with formal science credentials and solid experience in the informal “hands-on” science world to work with teachers at their home school, NYSCI is:


  • Facilitating the increased use of school science labs.
  • Fostering more hands-on and inquiry-based science teaching across the grades.
  • Increasing student participation in regional science and technology competitions.

The overarching goals for all schools

  • To foster positive attitudes toward science and new methods of science teaching.
  • To inspire interest in science studies or careers in science.
  • To expand science content knowledge among teachers.
  • To increase hands-on and student-centered learning in the classrooms/labs.
  • To increase lab use and science equipment/material use.
  • To organize, restructure, and plan science lab(s).
  • To prepare students for the NYS science examinations and improve exam scores. These tests are given in grades 4 and eight.
  • To improve science fair project quality and increase student accomplishments in regional competitions where applicable.
  • To foster a relationship between NYSCI and schools, via school trips, workshops, outreach, etc.

The Work of a Science Coach

The Science Coach provides extensive professional development for teachers via individual coaching, onsite teacher workshops, guest speakers for science classes, frequent phone and email contact with teachers, and faculty meetings. One focus of Science Coach work is to ensure that each school has a well-equipped science lab or other functional space for STEM experiments and activities.

Teachers meet with the Science Coach throughout the year to increase their STEM content knowledge, become familiar with the new state STEM standards, develop new hands-on lessons to support their curricula and needs, as well as become more involved in creating a well-used and comfortable science lab environment in their schools.

For more information Contact Us →

LESSON MODELING

Through lesson modeling, the Science Coach helps teachers increase their science content knowledge. Teachers observe exemplary teaching techniques and “hands-on” inquiry-based approaches, and they are expected to prepare and follow up on that lesson (pre-and post-lab) as well as master the demonstration lesson so they will be able to confidently use these hands-on methods with students.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND OUTREACHES

Educators are expected to provide hands-on lessons, yet many of New York City’s classrooms are not equipped with the tools to facilitate these activities. The Science Coach brings NYSCI portable exhibits, science equipment, and activities to the participating schools so that students can have the opportunity to use equipment or see demonstrations, such as a cow’s eye dissection, that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

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Professional Development Inquiry

Please note: requests for professional development or science outreaches should be made at least one month in advance. Special arrangements can be made for shorter-term notice requests, on a case by case basis.

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