Harcourt Teacher Leadership Center and Harcourt Learning Labs
The Franklin Institute is honored to present the Harcourt Teacher
Leadership Center and the Harcourt Learning Labs, two state-of-the-art
"professional homes" for educators in the Philadelphia area. Through a
combination of physical space tailored to teachers' needs and specially
designed programming, the Harcourt Teacher Leadership Center and Harcourt
Learning Labs promote professional development programs and museum-school
partnerships in support of K-8 educational reform.
The Harcourt Teacher Leadership Center and Harcourt Learning Labs are designed and outfitted to meet
all of an educator's professional development needs. Generous meeting
and workshop space invites comfort and ease during programs. A resource
center offers print, audio, and video materials for science exploration.
Multi-use educational space|
The 4,250 sq. ft. Harcourt Learning Lab space is configured for maximum
flexibility with movable walls that allow the creation of as many as
five separate spaces. The Learning Labs even have built-in laboratory
facilities, complete with cabinets, water, and flame.
Some other teacher-friendly features include high-speed Internet access,
wireless laptops, projectors, easels, and stackable chairs.
The School Visit Orientation Space has a locker room and storage area for school visitors, as well as a lab closet with cabinets and water.
Harcourt Teacher Leadership Center and Harcourt Learning Lab professional
development programming draws on local strengths to offer the most
comprehensive and valuable experiences possible. Specific programs with the
School District of Philadelphia, area universities, and other partners offer
targeted teacher preparation and development in K-8 standards-based science and
By contractual arrangement, the Center can provide single or multi-session programs for in-service days, teacher re-certification, faculty development,
parent/teacher team building, and student enrichment.
Franklin Institute staff from the Center for
Innovation in Science Learning and colleagues in schools and
universities throughout the region will facilitate the professional
development programs. These programs draw on more than two decades of
learning research and development at the Institute, funded by the
National Science Foundation and other major public and private sources.|
Topics for group sessions may include:
- Inquiry science in the classroom
- Using the internet to support science teaching and learning
- Cultivating community involvement in science learning
- Learning as exploration in the museum setting
The Harcourt General Charitable Foundation provided
generous founding support for the Harcourt Teacher Leadership Center and the Harcourt Learning Labs on behalf of Harcourt, Inc.