[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]
We often ask ourselves, “What do educators really want when it comes to their own professional development (PD)?” In order to get beyond what we think they want, the NASA SMD K-12 working group carried out a national survey of over 1,000 formal and informal educators in the summer of 2012. We sent out our survey through NASA and national education networks so we could get a sense of:
- Who was using NASA resources
- What educators were looking for when using NASA resources
- What attracted them to NASA workshops and other educational opportunities
Here is a summary of what we heard back… It's well worth a read if you are thinking about creating professional development opportunities for educators in your area! learn more...
[Today's guest blogger is Meghan Campbell, a third-grade teacher who took our "Energy from the Sun" workshop -- with positive effects in her classroom!] learn more...
Meghan: After three days spent participating in the “Energy from the Sun” teacher workshop, I promised myself that I would work science, particularly solar science, into my classroom on a regular basis. I have seen firsthand how easy it is for things to fizzle out or be forgotten, but I did not want that to happen with all of my newly acquired activities that align perfectly with the third grade standards. From the start of the school year, I was sure to schedule science in at least once a week.
We just wrapped up a great Teacher Workshop at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory—Energy from the Sun
. The workshop focused on solar science and solar energy, and it coincided with one of the stormiest, wettest weekends in Los Angeles in a very long time. We are beginning to think that our solar workshops may actually have the power to bring rain! learn more...