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
Bringing the Universe into the Classroom:
Presented by Mary Dussault, Science Education Department, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 • 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
In this course, educators learn how students can take images of the moon, planets, starts and galaxies by controlling telescopes over the internet. Use resources from the Smithsonian Institute and NASA and delve into the science and art of astrophotograpy. Greenville County Educators can register at GCSSI.com as part of their Greenville Summer Academy. Other educators should email JGomez@TCMUpstate.org.
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.
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.
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.
Other professional development programs can be tailored to fit the needs of your program. For more information please contact:
Director of Educational Outreach