Innovative Partnerships: Successful STEM Professional Development for K-12 and Informal Educators
Presented by: Museum Institute for Teaching Science
Strand: K-12 Education
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS Inc.) provides STEM Professional Development programs for K-12 teachers by developing unique and innovative collaborations for delivering both science and pedagogical professional development to assist schools with implementing the MA Science and Technology/Engineering standards. These professional development programs include Professional Development Institutes and Customized School Services. MITS also provide professional development for informal educators from museums, nature centers, cultural institutions and science/technology centers to ensure that they are versed in the Science and Technology/Engineering standards so that their programs meet the needs of teachers.
MITS programs are unique because they bring together a diversity of organizations and institutes of higher education to develop and deliver these highly successful models of professional development. Our partners include science and technology centers, museums, nature centers, zoos, aquaria, research facilities, universities and colleges, industry partners, and professional associations. Using the expertise of these partners’ scientists, engineers, researchers, and educators we provided high quality graduate-level PD programs that have been recognized as best practices in PD by national organizations including NSTA and ASTC. During MITS Institutes teachers participate in inquiry-based pedagogy and STEM content sessions and develop minds on, hand-on investigations for their classrooms. Through our Customized School Services MITS helps schools/school districts revise and enrich their science programs to develop curriculum that use the science and engineering practices to bring the disciplinary core science content into the classroom. Visit with teachers who have experienced MITS courses or participated in the CSS programs and some of our partner organizations. These professional development experiences can be replicated in any region of the state and increase educator readiness to teach STEM and excite students about potential college programs or careers in science and engineering.