Due to the impact of the coronavirus, we will postpone our Scientist Within workshop until next summer. Thank you for your interest in the program.
Teacher Professional Development Workshop
- On the Campus of Gonzaga University
- FREE for K-12 participants
Who is eligible: 7th-12th grade Science Teachers, any Science subject, any school district. All skill levels welcome, no research experience necessary.
The goal of the “Finding the Scientist Within” Workshop
Provide K-12 educators with an immersive experience in inquiry-based science to promote confidence and provide skills of use in the science classroom.
This five-day workshop will take you through a faculty-led research experience and allow you the time and space to brainstorm how to integrate inquiry-based scientific experiences in your own classroom. Each day of the workshop will include a variety of activities including time for scientific research, reflection and discussions with peers, mini-lectures, and exploring techniques to integrate into your classroom. Participants are expected to participate for the entire scheduled workshop time.
Earn Clock Hours
- Clock Hours Earned: 1 clock hour for each hour of workshop through Spokane Public School District (Please contact us if you are outside this district)
- STEM Clock Hours: This workshop also meets the criteria for STEM Clock Hours. Teacher can earn 1 STEM hour per hour in the workshop through the Spokane Public School District.
- Discover online tools for continuing research in your classroom where everything can be done on computers by analyzing open-source bioinformatics data.
- Engage with other K-12 science instructors and Gonzaga faculty and staff to discuss concerns of implementing inquiry-based modules in the classroom, realistic scope of projects, how to keep high standards for safety, and how to find/access tools for bringing research-based science into the classroom.
- Brainstorm with peer science instructors and either create or modify existing activities in an inquiry-based approach. The intention is for each workshop participant to complete the workshop with a lesson plan ready to use in their classes that they believe will improve their engagement with students.
- Interact with Gonzaga faculty to learn the breadth of undergraduate research that occurs at our primarily undergraduate institution. The intention is to meet potential mentors who could support collaborations through the Murdock “Partners in Science” program.
- Explore additional funding opportunities that can support bringing or improving scientific inquiry and research into the K-12 classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Science Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (509) 313-6642