Educator Professional Development
Da Vinci Science Center professional development programs for educators are Act 48- approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and guaranteed to be active, engaging, and effective in bringing the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – to life for students. The Center
works with educators to match their district’s goals, time-frames, and budgets with programs that make an impact in their schools.
The Da Vinci Science Center’s math science partnership program – known today as the Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP) – has been ranked among the 20 best programs of its kind in America by the U.S. Department of Education since 2008.
- Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership: GAMSP is a high-quality, standards-based program offered to educators in the Allentown School District and Diocese of Allentown with Level I and Level II certifications in grades 7-12 Science and/or Math, or certification to teach grades K-6. Participants earn Pennsylvania Act 48 hours and a generous stipend.
- Inquiry Institute: This fun, high-energy, hands-on program gives educators strategies they can implement into their classroom cultures. Participants explore techniques that help students practice the scientific process, raise questions, and design their own investigations.
- Making and Tinkering Programs: Participants light a bulb with dough, build wearable electronics, and discover how to help their students develop creativity, motor skills, confidence, and interest in STEM subjects by “making” things for themselves.
- STEM Literacy Programs: Educators take their literacy integration strategies beyond the science notebook, maximize class time, and integrate STEM and literacy in meaningful ways through these programs presented in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Writing Project at Penn State University Lehigh Valley. Participants build confidence in implementing strategies for reading, writing, reflecting, and communicating science content and develop a plan for integrating these strategies into their classrooms.
- Customized Programs: Customized program topics include robotics, connecting with STEM careers, project-based learning, STEM and STEAM, integrating science, and specialized science content.
Contact @DSC: Karen Knecht
, 484.664.1002, Ext. 108