Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs)
In collaboration with other museums and units of the Smithsonian, the SSEC works to create and deliver week-long professional development for teachers of science, these programs, known as the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers. SSEATs were started in 2005 to bridge the gap between formal and informal science education by combining training in science content and pedagogy with behind the scenes experiences at a wide variety of Smithsonian units, Smithsonian Affiliate partners, and world-class science research facilities throughout the Washington DC are.
Improving teacher understanding of scientific concepts that pertain to the science themes of each academy; Providing teachers with experiences of pedagogical approaches designed to increase student achievement;
Engaging teachers in dialog with scientists and engineers who are conducting research;
Expanding teacher awareness of the nature and history of science and technological innovation; and,
Familiarizing teachers with the resources available at the Smithsonian and elsewhere that may be used to support the teaching and learning of science.
For inquiries related to SSEATs, please contact Juliet Crowell (firstname.lastname@example.org)or call 202.633.2968.
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SSEATS Summer Highlights 2013
Understanding issues of the nature and evolution of biodiversity is essential to the survival of life on this planet. The Biodiversity Academy consists of a service of unique experiences designed to introduce teachers to the variety of life and enhance teacher understanding of concept related to biodiversity. Teachers participate in inquiry-based content sessions lead by scientists, curators, and museum educators.
Earth’s History and Global Change Academy: Smithsonian Scientist
Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay
“Jorge is passionate and excited about what he does and he wants to share! He is very warm and accessible. Love, love! Jorge’s way of teaching is very engaging.”
Dr. Michael Wise
“I enjoyed learning the chemistry behind minerals. Dr. Wise was excellent.”
“Mike really enhanced the quality of scientists “sharing” their knowledge in a personal way.”
Here is an ultra-cool fact about Dr. Wise for you Earth science teachers out there: it's not just pegmatite that can be found in video games (consoles that is)...Dr. Wise is the star of his own game as well. Check out BrainPop's Game Up where you can search for minerals and identify them in Dr. Wise's lab!
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