Global Professional Development Opportunities for STEM Education

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Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 11.30.25 AMIn this webinar, presented by the edGlobal community on edWeb.net, Amy D’Amico, Director of Professional Services for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), discussed the professional development opportunities that the SSEC provides for teachers, curriculum directors, administrators and anyone interested in STEM education. Some of the opportunities discussed include the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) and the International K-12 Science Education Institute for Educational Leadership Development and Strategic Planning (SPI). Attendees also learned about the new digital initiatives and website for the SSEC that provides resources for teachers and students about science. There are also popular new science education games that can be used in the classroom. The Smithsonian Science Education Center, formerly the National Science Resources Center, has a mission to transform the learning and teaching of science for all students in the U.S. and throughout the world. A rigorously tested model of science education reform called LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) describes the infrastructure necessary to move a school, district or state towards an inquiry approach to science learning and teaching.

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