Professional Development


We now offer contact hour certificates for participating in approved webinars. Stay on top of your professional development requirements when it works for you! Have a few hours while the kids are at soccer practice? Have an unexpected snow day and can’t leave the house? Use this time to earn two contact hours!

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About South Dakota Discovery Center Professional Development Opportunities

The South Dakota Discovery Center’s professional development opportunities equip teachers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to integrate hands-on, experiential learning into their classroom.  Our accredited workshops provide teachers with classroom ready activities that engage students in exploration, investigation, and discovery.

  • Early childhood to high school, we offer something for every grade band.
  • Standards and best practices are important to you, they are important to us.  We understand the importance of standards and best practices, including the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the new South Dakota science standards.
  • College, Career and Life Ready –  Our workshops will help your students become college, career and life ready through high quality, inquiry based, experiential learning. The 4 C’s – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking –  are infused in our workshops.

Current professional development themes are:

Environmental science – We use a suite of curricula including GLOBE, Project WET and the Leopold Education Project to provide you exemplary science teaching and learning opportunities for your classroom. Explore disciplinary core ideas in the context of cross cutting concepts using science and engineering practices.

Contact Anne for more information about a professional development opportunity tailored made for you!

GEMS – Great Exploration in Math and Science. We can tailor a professional development opportunity focused around any of our GEMS kits.  No need to travel to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley CA when the same professional development in inquiry, experiential and hands-on learning is available to you.  Contact us