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One of America’s Best Programs for Educators

Educators in eastern Pennsylvania can work with one of the best professional development teams in the United States when they participate in a Da Vinci Science Center program for educators. The Center’s Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP) has been recognized as one of the top programs of its kind for rigor and results by the U.S. Department of Education, and teachers participating in the Center’s fourth grade robotics program earned acclaim recently from the National School Boards Association.

Act 48 Accredited Programs

All Da Vinci Science Center professional programs are Act 48-approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are guaranteed to be active, engaging, and effective. The Center also works with educators to meet their districts’ goals and needs. Participants rate the Da Vinci Science Center’s programs consistently as “Much better than” all other professional programs in which they participate, and the Center encourages educators to find out why today.

GAMSP
Schelling Teacher Fellowships
Making, Tinkering, and Robotics Programs
Customized Programs


Next Generation? Common Core? Sorting It Out

The proliferation of standards these days can be daunting. Which ones should be followed? How can all of them be met? The Center helps educators sort it out with a common-sense, low-drama approach that emphasizes the power of effective Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction to exceed all modern standards. Because the Center’s team is involved actively in the development of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Standards Aligned System, educators can be sure that their work meets state standards.

STEM? STEAM? What Next? Transcending the Trends

Center programs help educators transcend the trends with a research-based process skills framework that supports student learning across disciplines, creates integration, and stands the test of time.

Making and Tinkering for Learning

The concept of “making” is taking the nation by storm, empowers students to blossom as learners, and equip educators to turn students from consumers to creators of the next industrial revolution. The Da Vinci Science Center helped start the Lehigh Valley region’s first maker space, and is actively involved in a nationwide Learning Labs program. By exposing students to digital media, 3-D printing, robotics and more, these programs help them become more engaged and productive.

21st Century Teaching for 21st Century Learners

The Center knows that handing someone a tablet does not make them a 21st century student nor a 21st century educator. Center programs help educators make sure they are using the most powerful science learning strategies first before adding technology in support of those strategies.

Fellowships for Newer Educators

The Center offers the Arthur W. Schelling Teacher Fellowships to newer science educators in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, as underwritten by the Troan Family Foundation in Cary, N.C. Educators with 1-5 years experience can borrow materials and receive coaching and a free Da Vinci Science Center membership.
 
Contact at DSC: David Smith, Ph.D., 484.664.1002, Ext. 111
 

 
 
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3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass Allentown, PA 18103 484.664.1002
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