Professional Learning Opportunities

  • Friday, April 21, 2023 12:01 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    Register for the "Changing Arctic Ecosystem" virtual teacher workshop inspired by the MOSAiC Arctic research expedition!

    Who: MS/HS science teachers, spots are limited
    What: FREE PD to engage with the MOSAiC-inspired "A Changing Arctic Ecosystem" storyline curriculum connected to NGSS life science standards
    When: July 12-13 from 9 am - 1 pm MST each day (workshop is virtual)
    **Participants are expected to complete ~2 hours of asynchronous work
    Grad CreditParticipants will have the option to receive a certificate for 10 PD hours (free) OR purchase 1 credit ($90) from the University of Colorado Boulder

    About:  The Arctic is warming more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth. One consequence of a warming Arctic is a dramatic decline in sea ice, an important habitat for many Arctic plants and animals. In this FREE teacher workshop, you’ll hear from MOSAiC scientists and the curriculum developers as they lead you through "A Changing Arctic Ecosystem”, a storyline unit tied to NGSS Life Science standards in which students trace the flow of carbon through the Arctic food web to predict how declining sea ice might impact Arctic organisms large and small. Engage with ArcGIS Storymaps, hands-on investigations, authentic Arctic datasets, and more in this interactive online teacher workshop.

    Register for the Changing Arctic Ecosystem virtual workshop Today!

    Questions? Email Jon Griffith at

  • Monday, April 17, 2023 3:11 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    June 20–23, 2023 - Lexington, KY

    The Professional Development Provider Institute (PDPI) program is designed for those who design, develop, and lead teacher professional learning. The models we use in the program design are particularly relevant for those who focus on curriculum-based professional learning but are applicable in a variety of contexts (e.g., focus on teaching practices). The program unfolds over a series of 4, 4-day institutes.

    In the first institute, we build community as we use an immersion experience to ground us in powerful designs for professional learning. We highlight the use of two professional learning strategies: immersion experiences and analysis of practice using video cases. These professional learning strategies support teachers in developing a shared vision of effective science teaching and learning as well as helps them take on classroom practices consistent with next generation science. These learning experiences, designed for leaders, are book-ended with important lessons about leading change. The “content” of subsequent institutes builds on these ideas—increasing depth and breadth of our learning together. The registration fee for each institute is $1600 per person or $1500 per person for teams of two or more. The registration fee covers institute materials and lunch each day.

    Learn More:

    Deadline to register: May 8

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 10:37 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

  • Monday, June 13, 2022 10:19 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) is offering 4 science professional learning opportunities this summer. All trainings are facilitated by expert Regional Teacher Partners, research-based, and specifically focused on learning practical strategies to implement the KAS-Science in your classroom. You'll leave these trainings with tools you can use right away with your students this fall! View their entire list of summer offerings here.


  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 5:09 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Geographic Alliance (KGA) is hosting GIS Educator Training in February. The training will help teachers with the geographic concepts and technology to produce storymaps in the classroom with their students. We are also hosting a storymap contest for middle and high school students this spring. There is stipend money available for teachers and prize money for middle and high school students. 

    GIS Educator Training: Geographer’s Guide 

    The KGA will be hosting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training for Kentucky educators in February. The training will provide teachers with the tools necessary to understand storymaps and for participation in the AGO Competition. The training series will include 3 webinars on Tuesdays in February and 3 online modules. Educators can earn 6 professional development hours and a certificate by participating in the project. The first 10 middle and high school educators to sign up and complete the training will earn a $100 stipend in the form of a Visa gift card.  

    Feb 1 

    Ongoing Registration 

    Feb 1 

    Preliminary items provided 

    Feb 8 

    3:30pm CST 

    Webinar - Creating Storymaps 

    Feb 15 

    3:30pm CST  

    Webinar - Types of Maps and Scale 

    Feb 22 

    3:30pm CST  

    Webinar - Symbology and Metadata 

    Mar 8 

    3:30pm CST 

    Completion of 3 GIS online modules 

    Mar 15 

    Certificate and professional development hours awarded 

    Apr 15 

    3:30pm CST 

    Submit evidence of storymap development with students 

    Apr 29 

    Awarding of $100 stipend (Visa card) to 10 Kentucky educators who complete the GIS training and develop storymaps with students 

    Interested Kentucky educators should send an email to from your school email. Include the following in the email: 1. Name; 2. School name, town, and phone number; 3. Grade teaching at present; 4. Subjects taught at present; and 5. Two to three sentence statement of why you are interested and how you could use GIS and storymaps in your classroom. 

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