Professional Development for Educators

Dudley Observatory offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers and educators. We participate in miSci’s annual STEM summit in November, and host other professional development events throughout the year. Materials from past workshops are available below.

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Astronomy Institute:  July 23 – 27 2018

A week of professional development for K-12 teachers  at College Park Hall at Union College
 8:30 am – 4 pm daily + one evening at the Dudley Observatory at miSci

Deadline to enroll is Sunday, July 15th!


Click here for a pdf  flyer           Click here to enroll         To register for CTLE credit click here

Join the Dudley Observatory at miSci for a week-long workshop focused on New York State P-12 Space Systems Science Learning Standards. This 5-day summer institute for science teachers (elementary – high school) will strengthen your content knowledge of astronomy and help you and your schools develop curriculum for astronomy and planetary geology. The institute includes engaging lectures by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson, teaching strategies, hands-on classroom activities, and solar and night-time observing.

Topics covered include:

  • Constellations and stellar motions
  • Moon phases and seasons
  • Planets in the solar system
  • Stellar evolution
  • Exoplanets
  • Galaxy evolution and black holes
  • Big bang and cosmology
  • Meteorites
  • Climate change

The workshop will focus on material covered in the Space Systems Science Learning Standards in grade 5, middle school, and high school, but teachers of any grade level are welcome to attend. There will also be an evening star party at the new Dudley Observatory, and opportunities to see the Suits-Bueche planetarium and Challenger Learning Center at miSci. Teachers will receive digital copies of all presentations and materials.

Conference registration is $325 and includes coffee and daily boxed lunch. To register for the conference click here:

CTLE credit is available by registering through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center:

For questions about the workshop, please email or call 518-382-7890 x259


Past Program Materials:

Click on your past program below to access materials from that workshop (you will be prompted to enter the password provided at your workshop to access these materials)

Master Teacher Program- Star and Planet Formation (October 2016)

Eastern STANYS Meeting- Earth Science (October 2016)

STEM Summit- Pluto (November 2016)

NYS Network for Youth Success- Eclipses (March 2017)

Master Teacher Program- Eclipses (May 2017)

Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum- Clarkson  (November 2017)