For: Community Partners, Out-of-School Time, School Administrators, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Fee-based, Field Trip Destination, Indoor Program, Metro-accessible, Outdoor Program, Professional Development, Program, STEM in schools, STEM Schools

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Subject(s): Environmental Science, Science

legalSSEClogoThe Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) bridge the gap between the SSEC’s formal science education programs and informal education programs at the Smithsonian museums and research facilities.

Teachers from around the country venture to Washington, DC, during the summer for a weeklong course going behind the scenes at the Smithsonian’s museums and world-class research facilities. The academies combine training in science pedagogy with content presented by scientists and researchers who are experts in their fields. Recent Academy topics include Biodiversity, Energy’s Innovations and Implications, and Earth’s History and Global Change.

The goals of SSEATs include:

– Improving teacher understanding of scientific concepts pertaining to each academy
– Providing teachers with pedagogical approaches to increase student achievement
– Engaging teachers in dialogue with scientists and engineers in the field
– Familiarizing teachers with Smithsonian resources to support the teaching and learning of science

Please visit their website for upcoming SSEATs sessions!


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