Professional Learning

The Franklin Institute offers professional learning opportunities for preK-12 teachers and informal educators that support and improve STEM education for all children and families.

  • Engage youth in the practices of science
  • Draw on emerging research on brain-based teaching and learning to enhance your classes
  • Integrate strategies that draw on interdisciplinary skills related to literacy, invention, or art
  • Take full advantage of the resources within The Franklin Institute

  • Workshops

    2015-16 Workshop Series

    Workshop fee: $75/person
    ACT 48 credit is available
    Register by calling the contact center at 215.448.1200 (choose option 4 when prompted)
    Questions? Contact Sharon Kiefer at 215.448.1218

    Understanding the Brain PART 1: Becoming a Learning Scientist
    Explore the new Your Brain exhibit, and learn key ideas from neuroscience research that apply directly to teaching and learning.
    Offered: 12/8/15 9:30am-12:30pm, 12/10/15 4:30-7:30pm

    Engineering and Design: Circuits and Switches
    Learn how to create simple electrical engineering activities that engage and inspire creativity and critical thinking. Challenge your students to discover how energy moves and powers objects.
    Offered: 1/12/16 9:30am-12:30pm, 1/14/16 4:30-7:30pm

    Gardening for the Classroom
    Learn about different gardening options, type of plants, problem solving, garden maintenance, staff involvement, time commitment, and harvesting. Discover how a garden can be incorporated into curriculum and across subjects.
    Offered: 2/9/16 9:30am-12:30pm, 2/11/16 4:30-7:30pm

    Climate Change Basics for Educators
    Learn about how climate change is affecting us both locally and globally. Discover hands-on ways to introduce these ideas to your students so that they are informed about climate change and empowered to make climate-conscious decisions.
    Offered: 3/8/16 9:30am-12:30pm, 3/10/16 4:30-7:30pm

    Understanding the Brain PART 2:  Applying Neuroscience to the Classroom
    Extend learning from the "Brain Part 1" workshop to more deeply explore topics in neuroscience that apply to the classroom, including piquing curiosity, multisensory learning, focused vs. relaxed thinking, and social/emotional effects on learning.
    Offered: 4/12/16 9:30am-12:30pm, 4/14/16 4:30-7:30pm

    Engineering and Design: Robots for Everyone
    Build simple robots that draw, paint or simply entertain! Learn how to create lessons that challenge and inspire your students to be collaborative creators and engineers.
    Offered: 5/10/16 9:30am-12:30pm, 5/12/16 4:30-7:30pm

  • Our Approach

    The Franklin Institute offers professional development to help educators both in school and non-school settings engage youth in active STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning in ways that address the needs and build the capacity of schools, district offices, community-based organizations, individual educators, and science learners.

    Learning opportunities are available in multiple locations and formats—from single sessions to multi-week institutes at the museum or at your school/district/organization. Whichever options accommodate your needs best, know that you will enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in a safe, respectful environment and will leave with a load of new ideas, invigorated and ready to inspire others to love science.

    We are committed to supporting the development of science process skills, content knowledge, and pedagogy. Sessions incorporate:

    Inquiry-based science learning
    Specific content knowledge
    Effective evidence-based practices and strategies
    Curricular connections that include links to literacy and mathematics
    Links to state and national standards as desired
    ACT 48 credit when appropriate.


  • Who benefits? 

    ANYONE interested in learning to think like a scientist, motivating other learners, increasing scientific literacy or reinvigorating their own love of science.

    Whether you need:

    A refresher on specific content,
    The chance to experience inquiry learning first-hand,
    Practical strategies for investigating with students,
    Stronger real-world interdisciplinary connections,
    Ideas for inexpensive easy-to-obtain materials
    Or just an infusion of renewed excitement and enthusiasm for your profession

    The Franklin Institute staff is ready to enhance your efforts and help you achieve your goals

  • History of PD at The Franklin Institute 

    The Franklin Institute is a long-time leader in the field of professional development and has successfully worked with thousands of pre-school to 12th grade teachers from both urban and suburban districts in the tri-state region and beyond, pre-service teachers, and out-of-school time facilitators such as librarians, afterschool staff, community-group leaders, and parents nationwide.

    Our inquiry-based, hands-on professional development offers unique insight into the power of science and provides original ways to communicate its wonder and make it exciting for youth in and out of the classroom! We draw upon a wide range of professional development opportunities addressing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines as well as evidence-based practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.

    Search our menu of favorite offerings (coming soon) or work with us to customize a professional development program to support your specific curricular goals and objectives. Act 48 Credit available as appropriate.

    For further information or registration, please contact Dale McCreedy (215.448.1092) or Sharon Kiefer (215.448.1218).

    Let us design a workshop for you.   

  • Sponsors

    Professional Development workshops are made possible with the assistance of generous support from FMC.