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Professional Development

The museum's professional development programs offer engaging and memorable personal experiences with natural history. VMNH educators and scientists provide presentations on natural history topics through teacher workshops, short-courses, and professional development institutes. Many of the development opportunities reward teacher recertification points. For a complete list of upcoming professional development opportunities, visit the museum's online calendar.

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The GLOBE Program

VMNH is one of seven Virginia partners that serve to train and support teachers in the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. GLOBE is a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school based education and science program. For teachers, VMNH provides assistance through training at professional development workshop, teachers' guides and "how-to" videos, continuing support from the GLOBE help desk, and contact with other teachers, students and scientists worldwide. VMNH provides training in GLOBE environmental monitoring at the museum, at other educational facilities, and at conferences. For more information about the GLOBE program, visit www.globe.gov.

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Virginia Science Standards Institute (VSSI)

VMNH coordinates the annual Virginia Science Standards Institute in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education, the Science Museum of Virginia, and six other state agencies. This week-long summer learning experience targets elementary teachers and is designed to closely support the Science SOL and provide detailed training, print and hands-on resources on the SOL content and skills. Graduate credit and professional development points toward recertification are available. To learn more, visit virginiasciencestandardsinstitute.blogspot.com.

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VSSI 2012 Session 1 Recap
VSSI 2012 Session 2 Recap

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Virginia Science Institute for STEM Education (VSISE)

Begun in 2011, the Virginia Museum of Natural History coordinates the annual Virginia Science Institute for STEM Education, the next generation of the award-winning Virginia Science Standards Institutes (VSSI), with support from the Virginia Department of Education, and in partnership with a number of regional organizations, state agencies, and STEM-related businesses. This week-long summer learning experience is for second through fifth grade teachers and is designed to closely support the Science SOL, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and provide detailed training, print, and hands-on resources on the SOL and STEM content and skills. Professional development points toward recertification are available. The institute was underwritten by the Virginia Department of Education. 
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