Teacher Workshops

Virtual Professional Development for K-12 Science Teachers

The education component of the NSF Track-1 project involves development of STEM K-12 curriculum modules and conducting 3-day teacher workshops. 

South Dakota science teachers — elementary, middle school and high school — are eligible to participate in two different, virtual three-day teacher workshops and receive a $300 stipend for each. One graduate credit per workshop will be available from BHSU (Black Hills State University) at a discounted tuition of $40. Space is limited, so register early.

Participants will strengthen their understanding of three-dimensional science teaching and receive support in meeting South Dakota’s K-12 Science Standards.

Participants will also learn about science and engineering research underway at universities across our state and become familiar with one or more of six newly developed K-12 curriculum modules that relate to the research.

The learning workshops will be virtual, using a combination of guided independent learning, collaborative online learning, and hands-on science activities and experiences. Participants will need to have access to internet and a device compatible for video-conferencing (such as a laptop computer). If this is a barrier, please let us know and we’ll try to help.

All participants will receive a copy of the Ambitious Science Teaching book. Featured topics will include planning for culturally relevant, phenomena-based instruction, facilitation of equitable discourse, and using sense-making to drive learning.

Workshop dates

  • June 29-July 1 (Tuesday-Thursday): Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Instruction & Biofilms (previously offered in 2020); participants will also learn about the curriculum unit “Stuck Like Glue — Stuck on You”
  • July 20-22 (Tuesday-Thursday): Planning for Sense-Making in Three-Dimensional Instruction; participants will also learn about one of five new curriculum units that you will select on the registration form:
    • Elementary School: Pond Scum
    • Elementary School: What’s in My Water Bottle?
    • Middle School: Dead Zones
    • High School: Water Quality
    • High School: Biofilms in the Body


  • Phenomena-based instruction
  • Facilitation of classroom discourse
  • Attention to equity and cultural relevance
  • Access to new curriculum modules


Space is limited in each session, so register early.

Contact us

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email sdepscor@sdbor.edu.