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 4.0) of the guide and materials was posted in April 2016. Contact with questions/comments.

Click2SciencePD online STEM professional development resources for out-of-school providers

Click2Science Professional Development is an easy-to-use, online training resource for out-of-school-time professionals. Click2Science’s interactive platform builds stronger out-of-school time programs by helping staff deliver quality, well-facilitated STEM activities in a way that “clicks” in the minds of youth.

NASA Museum Alliance

The Museum Alliance is a community of practice comprising informal science educators at museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Learning Centers, observatories, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers who wish to share NASA information with their visitors.

NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation

The NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation is a longitudinal examination of individual professionals over the final three years of NISE Net funding. This investigation is based on the NISE Network goals for professionals and explores how involvement with NISE Net impacts an individual professional’s sense of community, learning about nano, and use of nano educational products and practices.

NanoDays: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Activity Kits, Building Communities, and Inspiring Learning

NanoDays is NISE Net’s signature event—an annual celebration that mobilizes hundreds of organizations across the country to engage staff, volunteers, and members of the public in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. NanoDays kits are the Network’s most widely used set of resources, reaching over a million visitors throughout the year. About this guide:

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.


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