professional development

REU Science Communication Workshop Planning & Implementation Guide, v.5.0

The REU Science Communication Workshop is designed to enhance the science communication skills of undergraduate students participating in research programs such as NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates. The REU SCW has been implemented and evaluated quite successfully at more than 10 university campuses. This Guide offers program providers step-by-step planning and implementation instructions, hand-outs, media and print materials, evaluation tools, and sample workshop leader commentary.

Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum Planning & Implementation Guide

This Guide provides information and resources for planning and hosting a Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum for early career researchers that will enhance their science communication skills, engage their interest in education and outreach, and prepare them for providing effective and rewarding education outreach experiences.

An updated version (v 3.0) of the guide and materials was posted in February 2015. Contact with questions/comments.

Online Brown-Bag: Findings from the Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation (Recorded)

Hear the highlights from the NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation. This longitudinal study explored how the Network impacted museum and university professionals’ sense of community, understanding of nano content, and implementation of nano education. Members of the NISE Net's Evaluation Team share stories and details about how the Network has successfully reached professionals in these areas.

Science Writing Workshop: How to tell a story, How to conduct an interview

This workshop on scientific journalism and interviewing skills was prepared and given by a team of scientists, educators and editorial staff at the Materials Research Society. The workshop is designed as a full-day, with a post-workshop assignment and individual follow-up by the instructional staff. The instructional design is modifiable so that this can be taught as two independent half-day workshops. Ideal participant size is 15.

Improv Exercises

Improv exercises empower educators to facilitate positive, learning conversations with visitors. Incorporating improv exercises into staff and volunteer training helps create a supportive and upbeat environment for educators to practice and strengthen essential skills. Included are tips on how to lead improv exercises with your staff and guides for 13 separate improv activities you can use.


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