Professional Development

Professional Development Winter/Spring 2017

(with a peek at summer)


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!

Learn more:

Grow Lab: Growing Gardens with Kids

Dates: March 8, 15
April 3, 5, 12, 19
May 1, 3, 10 & 15
Time: 3:15 to 4:15 pm
Location: Kennedy Elementary, Mrs. Overweg’s Room
Free! (Credit through University of Sioux Falls, $45)

Educators, novice or expert gardeners, we will use the GrowLab: Classroom Activities for Indoor Gardens and Grow Lights, curriculum to explore gardening with K-5 youth. This is a complete curriculum that uses fun, illustrated activities to explore life cycles, examine plant diversity, and investigate the interdependence between plants and humans. Whether you’re growing plants in a greenhouse, under grow lights, or on a windowsill, this workshop provides information to use plants as a teaching tool in your classroom or program engaging young minds.

  • Meets National Science Standards and supports SD standards.
  • Lessons written and field-tested by educators with background information, clear objectives, grade indicators, and materials lists.
  • Adaptable, multidisciplinary explorations to fit your time frame.
  • Step-by-step, constructivist teaching cycle promotes inquiry and teamwork

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Elementary GLOBE

Fri March 10 5pm – 9pm
Sat March 11 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Sinte Gleska University
1 credit

Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce K-4 students to Earth System Science. Using story books and high quality, inquiry based learning activities, Elementary GLOBE will prepare you to lead your students into scientific investigations and prepare your students for GLOBE.

An Elementary GLOBE professional development opportunity will explore Earth Systems, Clouds, Seasons, Water, Soils and Aerosols (time permitting). Elementary GLOBE can be scaled up to middle school.

Register at: (Note: You will need a GLOBE account before you can register. Sign up today.)

STEM Quick Stops

Second Monday Feb – May ( 3/13, 4/10, 5/8)
4 pm – 6 pm
2 contact hours/class
Sponsored by Space Grant Consortium

Liven Up Your Lessons – Borrow a STEM kit! The SD Discovery Center has over 40 hands-on science kits to rent or loan to educators. Each kit includes a teacher guide plus most of the materials needed to conduct the activities.

In this professional development series, we will feature a new kit the second Monday of each month from 4:00-6:00 pm. Take one, take them all!

Monthly Topics:
March 13 – NEW!: Farmers Grow MyPlate, Grades K-4.
April 10  – (In recognition of Earth Day)Global Warming, Grades 7-8
May 2017 – Ocean Currents , Grades 5-8

Questions? Contact Rhea.

To Register:

GLOBE Learning Expedition (Formerly GLOBE on the River)

June 13-16, 2017

2 credits (pending)
Sponsored by the 319 Information and Education Project

This field based, cross curricular workshop is for your professional AND personal development. We spend one day in the classroom and three in the field primitive camping and kayaking one of South Dakota’s rivers doing GLOBE field studies. We also journal, map, and explore.

The trip is outfitted so other than your personal items no special gear is necessary beyond your willingness to be an explorer.

Registration is through the GLOBE website. To register.

  1. Set up a GLOBE account.
  2. Register at: GLOBE Learning Expedition South Dakota.
  3. Pay $50 deposit. Once you register, you will be sent information on how to pay your $50 deposit. Registration is not final till payment is received.

GLOBE Learning Expedition South Dakota is for teachers who are new to and experienced with GLOBE. Begin or further your adventure with GLOBE. GLOBE trained teachers in South Dakota are eligible for stipends, mini-grants, and special travel opportunities.

Sign up today!

Lake and Stream Ecology and Water Quality Workshop

July 12-14, 2017
NeSoDak (Enemy Swim Lake, Waubay)
1 credit (pending)

Sponsored by the 319 Information and Education Project

The workshop offers both a two and three day curriculum.  The two day workshop is designed for lake associationn members and resource agency personnel who want to learn more about lake and stream ecology and non-point source pollution.

A three day workshop is offered for teachers and graduate students interested in earning graduate credit or continuing education units.

Workshop activities include

  • field trips to nearby streams, lakes and reservoirs to collect and identify aquatic invertebrates,
  • hands-on use of basic water quality testing equipment;
  • classroom activities that include the lake game, delineating watersheds, building a seechi disk and collecting sieve; and
  • lectures on basic limnology and non-point source pollution identification and prevention.

Participants will also take home a voucher collection of aquatic invertebrates collected during the workshop.  There is no cost for the workshop however participants wishing to earn graduate credit and/or continuing education units will need to pay the fees for these credits.

More information including how to register and syllabus at: Northeast Glacial Lakes Workshop.

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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