Professional Development Events

   High Leverage Practices Teacher Institute

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Most appropriate for lead educators 
August 7-8th 8:30am - 4:00pm; August 9th 8:30am - 1:00pm

Instructors: TBD
Education and Human Services Building
Cost: $150
Contact Julie Cunningham at to see if you are eligible for FREE registration
Central Michigan University's Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Michigan Program Network invite you to attend our High-Leverage Practices Institute, an opportunity for mentor teachers, practicing teachers, faculty members, district representatives, and school leaders to learn about the high-leverage practices and try out practice-based approaches to preparing and supporting teachers.

It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days. However, you are unable to attend all three days, please still come! We suggest that you reach out to your institutional lead or partner to determine which day(s) are best for you.

At this institute, we will explore the high leverage practices, dive deeply into the MDE’s focal practices for the 2019-2020 academic year, and practice pedagogies for training novice teachers to become skillful in enacting the high leverage practices in their classes. This institute will BOTH build on learnings from our first institute at GVSU, and provide an overview of these topics.
For detailed goals and registration, please click the link below. 


Electrify PD

Most appropriate for 4 - 10th grade educators
August 6, 7 9:00 - 4:00; August 8 9:00 - Noon

Instructors: Brian DeJong, Dru Wilson
ET Building
Cost: Free
In this intermediate teacher PD, take your understanding of electronics a step further. Learn about circuitry and programming using Arduinos. This PD will include several hands-on activities that are ready to enhance any classroom curriculum. Participants will leave with an Arduino for their classroom. 

Engineering is Elementary 

This training has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Most appropriate for 1st - 5th grade educators 
August 12th

Instructors: TBD 
Engineering and Human Services Building
Cost: Free for teachers in MiSTEM Region 10
This workshop will prepare teachers of grades 1-5 to teach any EiE unit.

During this hands-on workshop, you will:

  • gain foundational knowledge of technology, engineering, and the engineering design process
  • become familiar with how EiE curriculum units are structured
  • become familiar with EiE's underlying pedagogical approach
  • experience a full EiE unit, both as a learner and as a teacher
  • reflect on the learning experiences your students will have with EiE
  • reflect on the instructional strategies you've learned

Limited seats available. Lunch and materials provided. SCECHs pending.

Questions? Contact Julie Cunningham at 

Ongoing Professional Development

  • Maker Studio: An Experience for Educators

  • Fall 2019 Dates and Topics Coming Soon! 

    Education and Human Services Building, Room 134
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
    Upcoming Dates:

    All who identify as an educator are welcome to meet once a month to learn how to teach through making. Register for individual dates or for the entire semester.

    Goals for Participants:
    • A social connection with other educators from different settings.
    • A connection with CMU makerspace and staff.
    • A richer understanding of what it means to be a maker and how this might be applied in the K-12 setting
    • A possibility of learning from other makers and sharing your ideas.
    This event is FREE and open to all educators.

      • Edison Robotics Professional Development

      • Available at request to groups of 10-25 teachers.
        Approximately 2-3 hours

        Learn how to use Edison robotics in the classroom! This professional development is perfect for teachers looking to implement coding, robotics, and collaboration in their classroom. Training will include the basics of how this robot works, and introduction to the coding platform, time to learn and explore the Edison's coding capabilities, and information on the lessons and resources that are ready-made for the classroom. This PD also includes opportunities for free and discounted robots through Edison.

        For more information, or to schedule this professional development, please contact Ashley O'Neil or Amanda Cornwell at

      • Makey-Makey Professional Development 

      • Available at request to groups of 10-25 teachers.
        Approximately 3 hours

        Interested in using Make-Makeys in the classroom? Work with us to schedule this professional development for your school! Learn the basics of how Makey-Makeys work, practice using them on popular platforms such as Scratch, and discover ways to include these in lessons about coding, circuitry, and more!

        For more information, or to schedule this professional development, please contact Ashley O'Neil or Amanda Cornwell at

      • Design Thinking Professional Development

      • Available at request to groups of 10-25 teachers.
        Approximately 3-4 hours

        Learn about design thinking and how to use it with students. An introduction to design thinking, followed by participation in a design thinking challenge. Teachers will then unpack design thinking for classroom use and spend time developing opportunities to incorporate it in their own classroom.

        For more information, or to schedule this professional development, please contact Julie Cunningham at
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