Strategic Planning Institute 2013The Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly National Science Resources Center) was founded in 1985 to improve the K-12 teaching and learning of science for all students. The 65+ Science Education Institutes held since then guide school district leadership teams through the development of a five-year strategic plan. This plan incorporates research and best practices on implementing hands-on, inquiry-centered science programs in a systemic and sustainable way from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
To learn more about this program and other leadership Development Opportunities offered by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, please contact Katie Gainsback at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by 202.633.2960.
2013 International SPI
Most recently, the SSEC hosted its 2013 International Science Education Institute for Leadership Development and Strategic Planning. Seventy-two education leaders and partners representing 14 school districts convened at this institute for a week of intensive planning and rigorous seminars just outside of Washington, DC. These individuals together with our team of handpicked faculty members worked together to identify the resources they need to revitalize their science education programs.
Upcoming Science Education Institutes
Ideally, leadership teams attending our institutes consist of five individuals:
1. A high-level district administrator.
2. A school-based administrator
3. An experienced elementary school science teacher with demonstrated leadership skills.
4. An experienced secondary school science teacher with demonstrated leadership skills.
5. A community member or business partner committed to improving science education. Check back soon for more information on our upcoming Science Education Institutes.
Registration and Fees
Registration is $1,200 per person or $6,000 per 5-person team and includes the cost of materials and presenters as well as breakfast and lunch daily. Transportation and lodging expenses are not included.
If you are looking for grant opportunities to help offset the cost of attending an institute, please see our list of potential opportunities here.
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