Professional Development Opportunities


ESC offers single day professional development on the Chancellor’s Conference Days and multi-day series throughout the year. ESC professional development offerings provide teachers with hands-on experiences that demonstrate how experimental science can be integrated into instruction as a true extension of the classroom. .

Plants, Pollinators and People

During this three-day professional learning institute, Grades K-2 science cluster and classroom teachers explore the interactions between plants, pollinators and people and discover a variety of resources that can be used with students to learn about the importance of these relationships in our environment and to our food supply. On day three, teachers will have an opportunity to bring samples of student work for group discussions and peer review. Participating teachers receive a free class trip voucher for their class to experience the Incredible Insects program as an extension of their professional learning.

Wildlife Forensics

The use of molecular markers to help monitor the commercial trade of wildlife and protect endangered species represents a growing area of research in science. This five-day teacher professional development institute provides teachers with an opportunity to learn about conservation genetics and teaching strategies for using DNA as a tool to protect endangered species. Participants will learn to prepare DNA samples, run labs and analyze the results. Following the institute, teachers will have an opportunity to borrow a portable DNA lab to use in their own classroom with their students.