Museums and science centers are gearing up to be an important resource for teachers working to implement the Next Generation Science Standards. According to an April 11 article in Education Week, “some educators say that professional-development sessions held at museums…—unlike those at conference centers, universities, or districts—give teachers immediate access to the kinds of hands-on activities that the common science standards call for. In addition, such institutions often bring a wealth of expertise on both content and pedagogy, employing a mix of scientists and professional educators.”
The article draws attention to a study conducted at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago showing that one of its museum-based professional development programs led to gains in both teacher content knowledge and student achievement.
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