The Children’s Museum of the Upstate offers professional development courses for teachers, school administrators, and museum educators. Held in the museum, our workshops provide practical and innovative ways for educators to help students flourish in and out of the classroom.
These events are free to teachers.
Educators will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of each course. Courses will count for renewal credit in the following districts. Check with your district if yours isn't listed below.
- Anderson 1
- Anderson 5
- Chester County
- Fort Mills School District, NC
- Greenville County
- Laurens 56
- Newberry County
- Pickens County
- Spartanburg 2
- Spartanburg 5
- Spartanburg 6
- Stephens County, GA
Making Toys Accessible with Assistive Technology:
September 25, 2017 • 3:00p.m.—4:30p.m.
Assistive technology can make hands-on play possible for all children. This presentation will demonstrate how toys and technology can be blended so that all children can interact with one another in play activities, including instructions how to make AT devices/modifications, making toys accessible and usable to all children. This workshop is presented by Cynthia Connor, Ph.D. Dr. Connor is the Assistant Professor of Special Education at Jacksonville State University where her research focus includes transition, autism, and teachers' integration of assistive technology. RSVP to Jane Gomez: JGomez@TCMUpstate.org or 864-553-7928.
The Boxcar Children:
October 21, 2017 • 10:00a.m.— 12:00p.m.
Be a part of the 75th anniversary of The Boxcar Children. Teachers and librarians love the popular book series for the message of teamwork and empathy. Spend time with our museum professionals and other educators in our new interactive exhibit depicting key scenes and settings from the book...even the boxcar! Learn how play-based learning easily transfers back into the classroom. Teachers will receive a comprehensive programming and curriculum guide developed with input from scholar advisors. Click here to register
Cool Technology in the Classroom:
January 27, 2018 • 10:00a.m.— 12:00p.m.
Come and celebrate the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). See an assortment of educational gadgets, toys, and robots that make learning fun. Help students connect what is happening in the classroom to the outside world. Click here to register
Chemistry in the Early Childhood Classroom:
April 21, 2018 • 10:00a.m.— 12:00p.m.
If we want to encourage children to enter into scientific fields in the future, we need to give them a helping hand while they are most open-minded and curious. Join us as we investigate a collection of safe, fun and easy early childhood science activities and experiments using items easily found at school or home. Click here to register
Other professional development programs can be tailored to fit the needs of your program. For more information please contact:
Director of Educational Outreach