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.
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!
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
- Galaxy evolution and black holes
- Big bang and cosmology
- 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: conta.cc/2vsjIxe
CTLE credit is available by registering through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center: goo.gl/rRjvYB
For questions about the workshop, please email Valerie.Rapson@miSci.org 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)