Professional Development

Building Capacity for Science Teacher PD in Museums

Helping Museums Provide Effective Teacher PD

MSI's Building Capacity for Science Teacher PD in Museums program supports museums, science centers and other informal science education institutions in the development and delivery of high-impact professional development for K-12 science teachers. Participants will:

  • Consider essential approaches and resources to support improved science teaching and learning in their communities through teacher professional development.
  • Discuss critical issues and challenges faced in addressing the needs of teachers of science.
  • Explore best practices in science teacher professional development, and consider ways to integrate them into future or existing programs.
  • Gain access to references and resources to inform the development of an action plan to support their work beyond the program.

This program is open to 10 institutions, selected from the applicant pool. MSI will provide $2,500 stipends per institution to help with travel and lodging costs as well as support for booking (recommended hotels, transportation tips, etc.). There is no additional fee to participate. Stipends will be awarded in two installments at the close of the summer and fall sessions.

Who should participate

This program is offered to two-person teams that include a staff person responsible for the development and direct delivery of programs for teachers and a "decision maker," such as an education director or manager responsible for securing resources and overseeing programs and staff. Participants will take part in sessions in person at MSI and via web-based follow ups.

Session details

Three-day Discovery and Planning Session at MSI
June 15-17, 2017

Explore science teacher professional development in a museum setting, including best practices in science teacher education and institutional factors that impact program development, refinement and delivery. Using MSI's teacher courses as a model, MSI staff will guide participants in small group work to explore their own institution's opportunities and challenges and develop action plans for launching or refining their own science teacher professional development.

Follow-up Webinar
Sept. 21, 2017

Share progress on the development and implementation of action plans. 

Two-day Deeper Dive at MSI
Late October/early November, 2017 (exact dates TBD)

Participants meet at MSI to observe a full-day teacher course session (day one) and learn about and discuss the development of the curriculum (day two) for that course. Topics include content selection, Next Generation Science Standards alignment, workshop activity selection, teacher reflection and sharing, teacher recruitment and retention and more. MSI will facilitate small group work for participants to consider components and strategies to incorporate into their own professional development programs.


To participate, each member of a two-person team must fill out a separate application. Applications are due May 12, and we will notify participants of their status by May 17.

Educator application     Decision-maker application

This program is supported by the Noyce Foundation.