Professional Development

Teachers are students too! Great Lakes Aquarium is a classroom, a laboratory, a thinking space, and a portal to the natural world.

Check out the Teacher Resource Center for activities and resources from past workshops and events.

Science Institute for Educators

Great Lakes Aquarium offers workshops and field experiences that can connect directly to your work. From Lake Superior Food Webs 101 to using inquiry in the classroom to taking students into the field, our staff and network of collaborators provide enriching opportunities for both formal and non-formal educators.

Science Institute for Educators workshops share tools and content for engaging students in authentic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. In each of these FREE workshops, you can:

  • Participate in an inquiry-based, standards-aligned lesson.
  • Learn from local scientists, researchers and experts about their current work in the Lake Superior region.
  • Access free teaching kits, equipment, and materials that can be checked out from the Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center.
  • Network with local educators.
  • Earn CEUs in every session (CEU value is equal to the number of hours spent in session).

2018-2019 Professional Development Calendar

Supporting Students with Autism

In partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

4:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium

Cost: Free

CEUs: 2.5 hours

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing disability in Minnesota. Classroom and non-formal educators encounter individuals with autism every day. Take proactive steps towards support, acceptance and inclusion by learning about the neurodiversity of individuals with autism. During this workshop, learn from the Autism Society of Minnesota with a presentation of Autism 101 and Best Practices. Then, join Aquarium educators on the exhibit floor to practice applying positive behavior support in a field trip setting.

Light dinner provided at 4:15 pm.

Register for Supporting Students with Autism

Registration closes November 9, 2018.

Questions? Contact Larissa Giebner at 218-740-2025 or lgiebner@glaquarium.org.

 

Making Way for Mental Health

In partnership with Life House, Northwood Children’s Services and The Hills Youth and Family Services.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium

Cost: Free

CEUs: 7 hours

Learn how our community empowers youth in this discussion and practice-based workshop. Local experts and students will share their stories along with practical advice on creating a trauma-informed classroom. Learn the latest research on how to tap into your own resilience to foster healthy learning spaces where all students can thrive.

Light snacks provided; please plan to bring your own lunch.

Register for Making Way for Mental Health

Registration closes March 9, 2019.

Questions? Contact Larissa Giebner at 218-740-2025 or lgiebner@glaquarium.org.

 

Bringing Research to Students

In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

4:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Duluth EPA Lab

Cost: Free

CEUs: 2.5 hours

EPA scientists in Duluth are leaders in predicting and assessing the potential effects of environmental stressors like pesticides, bacteria and changes in land use on the water quality of the Great Lakes. Join us at the EPA lab to explore with local scientists and learn about current research in the region. Dive into common misconceptions held by students and practice teaching methods to help students overcome these misunderstandings.

Light dinner provided at 4:15 pm.

Register for Bringing Research to Students

Registration closes March 20, 2019.

Questions? Contact Larissa Giebner at 218-740-2025 or lgiebner@glaquarium.org.

 

Why Do We Explore and How Do We Explore?

In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium

Cost: Free

CEUs: 7 hours

Learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the current technologies used to explore the deep ocean. Engage with standards-based, hands-on activities and online resources to guide classroom learning around ocean science literacy. Focus on ocean health, underwater mapping, remotely operated vehicles and unique underwater habitats. Participants will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?, Volume 2: How Do We Explore?, A NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation and additional resources (Lessons are designed for grades 6-12, but many activities can be scaled to suit educator needs).

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Register for Why Do We Explore? / How Do We Explore?

Registration closes March 25, 2019.

Questions? Contact Larissa Giebner at 218-740-2025 or lgiebner@glaquarium.org.