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MITS 2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes for teachers bring together scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals with educators from museums, aquariums, natural science centers and science, technology or cultural organizations to provide one week or hybrid graduate level courses. Visit partner sites to explore STEM content and inquiry-based activities. Depending on the region, daily activities include: nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of laboratories, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more. Each day is a balance of indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. All activities are designed to help you meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.

One-Week Institutes for Grades 3-8 and Middle & High School Educators
One-week professional development institutes for grades 3-8 educators combine content and skill development sessions. Visit each partner institution’s site for 1-2 days and participate in both hands-on inquiry investigations and content sessions. One-week professional development institutes for middle and high school educators combine content and skill development sessions taught by scientists, content specialists and professional educators. These courses are based out of the lead institution with field trips to area research labs, field sites and local businesses with product development laboratories.

Cape Cod Region
One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry
Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dates: July 10-14; June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback
Housing available for Cape Cod Region

MetroWest Region
One-Week for Middle and High School Educators
New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change
Partners: Framingham State University College of STEM, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education
Dates: July 10-14; June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback
Housing available for MetroWest Region

North Shore Region
One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators
Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes
Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Ipswich High School, Boston University
Dates: July 17-21; June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

Southeast Region
One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions
Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center
Dates: July 17-21; June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

Berkshire Region
One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Exploring the Berkshires: From the Top of its Mountains to the Bottom of its Ponds
Partners: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Center for Learning in Action (CLiA, Williams College), The Trustees of Reservations
Dates: July 10-14 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 17; Half Day Fall Call-back November 4

Hybrid Institutes for Grades 4-10 Educators
Hybrid professional development institutes combine 16 hours of on-line instruction with a one-week on-site component. During the on-site component, spend a day at each partner institution’s site participating in hands-on inquiry investigations combined with content sessions.

Middlesex Region
Hybrid Institute for Grades 4-10 Educators
Science in the Field: Utilizing Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations
Partners: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Dates: On-Site July 17-21; June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback
Online Component: June 17-August 4

Visit www.mits.org for more information and details about each session. To register: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes/

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