Workshops and Professional Learning


From online courses to safety tutorials, find additional education opportunities and resources to enhance your teaching. Items are sorted into five categories: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Laboratory Resources, AP Chemistry Resources, and Workshops. Available on-demand unless otherwise noted.

Online Courses

  • July 28-30
    Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)

    The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is holding its first fully virtual, free leadership development event this summer, from July 28-30. Through a series of live and asynchronous meeting opportunities, individuals and teams will tackle the challenge of ensuring K-12 science education remains a critical component in their classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond.

    This institute is open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring educational continuity for all students. Teams and individuals will attend sessions most relevant to their needs on topics like social emotional supports, evaluating digital resources, facilitating three-dimensional science investigations remotely, and equity and accessibility.

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    American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Teacher Portal

    Check out all of the professional development and other teaching resources available on the AAPT Teacher Portal.

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    Annenberg Learner

    Looking for resources and professional development to increase your expertise and improve your teaching? Annenberg Learner resources include online professional development and teacher resources, including videos and lesson plans, across the curriculum.

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    Beyond Benign Professional Development Events for Science Educators

    Browse the upcoming professional development events from Beyond Benign on their events calendar.

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    Flinn Scienctific - Chemistry teaching resources all in one location.

    Browse activities and videos to use in your chemistry classroom. Discover tools to implement for a safer lab. Find answers to your questions about chemical safety and disposal; tips for chemical storage and professional development.

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    Harvard University Online Learning

    Expand your horizons and enroll in one of hundreds of free, credit or open certificate courses through Harvard University’s Online Learning program.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare (OCW)

    Increase your personal knowledge and improve your curriculum by taking an MIT course. OCW shares the materials used in MIT's courses on the Web.

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    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Science Education Events and Program

    Looking for professional development opportunities in your area? Search for workshops, courses, science events, and more by date, location, and grade level with the interactive calendar on the Science Education Events and Programs webpage.

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    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Web Seminars

    The NSTA offers a variety of web seminars on a continuing basis. Click here to see the upcoming schedule.

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    Online Science Courses from edX

    Science is one of the most popular subjects on edX and online courses range from beginner to advanced levels. Areas of study include neuroscience, genotyping, DNA methylation, innovations in environmental science, modern astrophysics and more from top universities and institutions worldwide.Some courses, such as Climate Change: The Science, are self-paced. Others, such as The Quantum World or Principles of Biochemistry, run on a set schedule.

Teaching Methods

Laboratory Resources

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    Flinn Laboratory Safety Courses

    Opportunities for classroom and laboratory safety via safety seminars, safety workshops, and safety-related email from Flinn Scientific.

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    Flinn Scientific Laboratory Safety Demonstration Videos

    It is the instructor's responsibility and duty to train and remind students in lab safety. Utilize these free videos to reinforce safety within your academic lab.

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    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Safety in the Classroom

    One of the most important responsibilities of a chemistry teacher is getting their students to follow lab safety rules and using correct techniques. Flinn’s Laboratory Safety Challenge will allow you to teach these things to your students through role-playing, making observations, and developing common-sense in the laboratory.

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    PASCO Scientific Online Training

    Join PASCO trainers for online, live, and interactive training about the use of their probeware, software, hardware, and curriculum solutions.If you’re interested but can’t attend live you can register anyway and you’ll receive a link to the session recording about a day after it's held.

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    Chemistry Experiences and Experiments for Learning

    From Stanford Graduate School of Education at the Center to Support Excellence in teaching, this course will allow teachers to work with a set of chemistry experiences and experiments that can foster student learning and expand high-leverage, core teaching practices in chemistry. The course is available during this summer, fall and spring.

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    The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) Online Courses

    LSI offers 1, 2, and 3 day, self-paced lab safety courses. All courses are ongoing and include electronic copies of the course materials and references. An instructor is available for questions.

AP Chemistry Resources

Workshops

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    American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) Professional Development

    Follow this link to find a list of Modeling Workshops that are being planned for the coming months. Whether they will actually occur depends upon enrollment and funding. Most are three-week summer workshops that thoroughly treat the pedagogy and content for a high school physics, chemistry, physical science or biology course.

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    Fermilab Educator/Teacher Workshops

    Fermilab educator workshops provide K–12 teachers with proven classroom activities and strategies for teaching challenging topics in an engaging way.

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    NSTA Virtual Conferences

    If you have a limited travel budget and want to improve your skills, NSTA offers virtual conferences on topics that are important to science teachers. Click here to find out when our next conference will take place.

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    Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Workshops

    Are you interested in learning more about guided inquiry learning and finding ways to implement it in your classroom? Find a POGIL workshop or summit in your area.