Professional Development

Below you’ll find a listing of professional-development offerings from St. Louis’ STEM-rich institutions and STEM-instruction experts. Use the drop-down fields on the right-hand side of the page to filter by educator type, content focus, grade level, and credit offerings. We continue to update our listings as program providers develop new content, so visit us often! Can’t find what you need here? Let us know! Want your STEM program’s information listed on the site? Submit your information here.


Bio-Bench Teacher Workshop

1005 N Warson Rd.
Bio-Bench Teacher Workshop is a biotech workshop for middle and high school science teachers held on Saturdays from October 10th to November 14th. During the five Saturday sessions, teachers sharpen their skills by working in world class laboratories, at the Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park, located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Campus. Lunch provided on Saturday sessions when you are at BRDG Park. Once all workshop requirements are fulfilled, teachers will receive a $500 stipend, $500 of classroom supplies/equipment, Bio-Bench curriculum workbook, and an option of 2 graduate workshop credits. Bio-Bench Teacher Workshop is compliant with social distancing and CDC safety guidelines, and daily health screen and contact tracing participation is required. PPE provided for all Bio-Bench teacher participants. Download application at https://bit.ly/3ixKEQm The deadline to apply is October 6, 2020. For more information contact Lee Douangkeomany, Education Outreach Specialist at 314.513.4950 or odouangkeomany@stlcc.edu
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Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis – Custom Professional Development

205 Brotherton Lane
The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (Center) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the education mission of the 1986 Challenger shuttle crew members. It is part of Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle mission. The St. Louis Center is one of 48 such sites around the world whose mission is to ignite a lifelong interest in technology , engineering, math and science through simulated space missions and other hands-on science programs. The Center features a mock space station and Mission Control center where participants partake in a simulated space mission and are engaged in activities similar to those performed by NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers. Programs are available for schools, community groups, corporations and the general public both at the facility as well as at off-site locations. The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is organized through a partnership of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. Professional development workshops available through the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis are a great way to enhance your science curriculum. They are designed to address state and national standards and can be customized to address any district-specified needs, e.g., low-level readers, differentiated learning, or cross-curricular teaching. Challenger Learning Center staff will work closely with school and district personnel to provide a high-quality training experience that meets the needs of teachers. Previous topics have included: A Case for Space, Force and Motion, Electricity, Teaching STEM for the Gifted Classroom, After-school STEM Club, Using Rockets to Teach Math, DIY Robots. All of the above workshops are designed to support in-person learning, but many of them have been or can be adapted for a hybrid delivery.
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COCA (Center of Creative Arts) – Autumn Institute for Arts Integration

6880 Washington Ave.
For more than a decade, COCA has assembled teaching artists and classroom educators to co-create meaningful learning experiences through arts integration. The annual Institute arms teachers from all content areas with the knowledge, skills, tools and mindsets to disrupt the status quo in their classroom and curriculum. Four learning tracks focus the teachers' work, including a toolkit dedicated specifically to STEAM. The Institute is held on November 7th and 8th. The cost of the program is $250.
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Gateway Greening

2211 Washington Ave.
Gateway Greening organizes ongoing school gardener and outdoor educator meet-ups, highlighting different topics and youth gardens each month during the growing season. Meet-ups and workshops are open to anyone interested in working with youth outside and participants are encouraged to bring resources and ideas to share with others. Gateway Greening also leads district and in-school teacher professional development on youth gardening basics and connecting the garden to science curriculum.
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ISP Customized Professional Development

Washington University in St. Louis Campus Box 1137, 1 Brookings Dr St. Louis, MO 63130
These professional development sessions include content drawn from our highly successful ISP programs previously available to existing school or district partners only. Each session is a stand-alone offering targeted to K-12 teachers and administrators. All sessions will be held in a virtual format through 2020.
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