Teacher Professional Development Programs

Teachers at the Inscited Program

Purdue Science K-12 Outreach offers professional development programs for districts, schools, and teachers. If you don't see what you need, we can develop a science or mathematics program for you. Click on underlined titles to learn more about each program.

Science Express - The Purdue University Instrument Van Project -- Science Express is a teacher professional development and science equipment delivery system where modern laboratory equipment is placed in secondary classrooms for instructional use. Teachers are trained in the use and care of the equipment. They also learn about the scientific theories behind the equipment and develop labs for teaching.

Inquiry-Based Science Instruction -- This workshop introduces teachers to inquiry-based teaching and learning, provides sample inquiry-based activities, and offers an opportunity for teachers to work on their current curriculum.

Implementing Scientific Probes in Your Science or Mathematics Class -- Scientific probes offer an inexpensive way to include a variety of technology in your classroom. Teachers will be trained to use probes with hands-on laboratory activities.

Less is More, Unburdening Your Curriculum -- Science and mathematics curricula seem to grow every year. Teachers struggle to fit more and more concepts into an already full curriculum. This workshop discusses the consequences and challenges of an overfull curriculum and presents strategies for trimming nonessentials.

Teaching Science and Mathematics Using the Standards -- Many schools and teachers have questions about Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. This workshop will help teachers understand what the standards are and how to use them, as well as supply a number of hands-on science activities that you can use with your students.

Science Content Workshops -- These subject specific workshops provide background information and inquiry activities designed to help Elementary teachers feel more comfortable teaching science. Each workshop examines a specific science topic.

Introduction to Grant Writing -- Do you have a great idea, but need financial support to add the opportunity to your school or classroom? This session will provide some basic information on grant writing.

Teachers learn about inquiry-based instruction

Departmental Teacher Programs:

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

    • Robotics and Prototyping through Lego Mindstorms, Hummingbirds, and Arduino
    • Professional Development Seminars
    • Improving CS Classroom Diversity
    • Addressing AP Computer Science A

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Mathematics

    • Implementing Common Core Mathematical Practices in K-12 Classrooms
    • Formative Assessment in Mathematics
    • Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving

Physics

Additional teacher professional development activities can be found at the Purdue P-12 Portal.