The Institute for Inquiry (IFI) is a professional development program provided by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. IFI has created an online curriculum for professionaldevelopers that addresses the theory and practice of inquiry-based science education. These curriculum guides are used by professional developers to give workshops that introduce elementary school teachers to inquiry-based approaches to science teaching. The guides include materials lists, step-by-step directions, scripts and prompts, and facilitation hints, along with charts and handouts. To date, more than 10,000 educators worldwide have downloaded the curriculum.
Plus: Research points to powerful connections between science learning and the processes of language acquisition. Instructional strategies that integrate the two have the potential to greatly reinforce both, improving the achievement of both English language learners and native English speakers. IFI has crafted the Educators Guide for Inquiry-based Science and English Language Development, which offers a snapshot of what the integration of science and English language development looks like in classrooms and professional development settings. The guide provides ideas and strategies that serve as a resource for teachers, teacher educators, professional development providers, district leaders, and researchers interested in the integration of science and language development.
The KidWind Project and WindWinRI are hosting the twelfth annual REcharge Academy at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on July 15–18, 2019. The four-day training will focus on wind power and the future of offshore wind.
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts.
Expand your skills in instructional design and learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. The educational technology programs offered online through Penn StateWorld Campus, in collaboration with the College of Education, can help you incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of their learning experiences. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. The Education programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Choose from the following programs: * Masterof Education in Learning, Design, and Technology. * Graduate Certificates in e-Learning Design; Educational Technology Integration; Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings.