Professional Development

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Summer 2021 

PB2 at Belle Isle Conservancy  

Dates: July 25 - 28, $500 stipend and housing provided
Intended for educators in grades 4 - 8

Spend 3 full days learning about place-based and project-based (PBL2) education at the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy

Build a PBL2 unit this summer and get ongoing support during the school year! Resources include experiences with activities from Fast Plants, Project Wild, PBLWorks, and more.

Brought to you by the CMU Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Belle Isle Conservancy education team.

Contact Julie Cunningham at to indicate your interest. 

Core Teaching Practices at CMU   

Dates: August 3 - 5, $300 stipend 

Refresh your teaching practice as we redo our understanding of the basics. Built around the Core Teaching Practices, this PD will add to your critical teaching lens. Faculty from 3 Grand Valley, MSU, and CMU will work closely with you, and center faculty will support your implementation of these practices during the school year. Collaborate with peers and faculty to develop activities and practices to take back to your classroom. 

By application only. Contact Julie Cunningham at 

Moving Science: A Multidisciplinary Teaching Workshop    

Dates: August 10 - 12, specific times below
8/10 1:00 -4:00PM, 8/11, 9:00 - 4:00PM, 8/12, 9:00 - 12:00PM
$200 stipend  
Intended for educators in grades K - 5

Inspired by research based on the relationship between brain cognition and human movement, this practical workshop was specifically designed to engage K- 5 teachers in creating lesson plans combining movement activities and varying disciplines. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a lesson plan that weaves together movement activities with a subject already being taught in the classroom.

Registration now. Contact Ashley O'Neil at with questions. 


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The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.