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Cincinnati Museum Center is committed to supporting our educators through unique and engaging professional development opportunities.
Educator Open House
On November 27, from 3-7 p.m., Cincinnati Museum Center invites educators to see the newly restored Union Terminal. Visit the Museums, Holiday Junction and our current special exhibitions. Speak with our education staff to learn about the educational programs and experiences available for your students and community. Participate in tours, demonstrations and programs in our renovated spaces and classrooms. PRe-registration* is required by calling (513) 287-7001. The $10 admission includes:
- Admission to Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum
- Admission to Chocolate: The Exhibition
- Admission to GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World
- Light Refreshments
- Tours of the Rotunda by our Heritage Programs docents
- Demonstrations and programs by our museum, Learning Lab and Programs-on-Wheels staff
- Information fair featuring various opportunities from Cincinnati Museum Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Holocaust and Humanities Center
*One reservation per educator
*This event is for educators only, but we hope you bring friends and family back at another time!
Educators at the Edge of Appalachia
Sponsored by the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Educators at the Edge program will provide participants with experiential learning opportunities. Explore topics focused on natural history and gain new skills to be used in the classroom. These exciting classes are open to classroom teachers, naturalists, and other non-traditional educators. Graduate credit through Ashland University is available, as well as up to 45 contact hours. Find details on topics, guest presenters and registration on the Edge of Appalachia's webpage.
Fundamentals of Inquiry Teacher Workshops
Get back to the basics of teaching science to your students! Join us for hands-on, team-oriented workshops developed specifically for educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching with STEM applications. These 90-minute workshops illuminate the power of learning science content through inquiry, introduce strategies for providing inquiry-based experiences in the classroom and can be done at your location.
- Comparing Approaches to Hands-On Science: Children approach learning about science in different ways. Educators should be able to vary their approaches to meet the needs of every student. Experience three approaches to teaching science in your classroom.
- Process Skills: Children young and old use the same process skills when learning science. Experience them in this hands-on workshop that will foster your students' interest and success in science.
- Raising Questions: Students discover science through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Discover ways to stimulate curiosity and elicit student questions that ultimately lead to investigations.
- Subtle Shifts: In order to help learners develop the process skills needed for science exploration and inquiry, teachers gradually shift to giving learners more responsibility for using these skills in science activities. Practice making small shifts in existing activities to help learners strengthen the process skills needed for scientific inquiry.
One workshop is $15 per person. Group discount available.
Interested in having a Fundamentals of Inquiry workshop at your location? We're able to cater our workshops to your schools' needs with activities chosen by you! For more information concerning these workshop opportunities, please contact Karen Venetian at (513) 287-7000, ext. 7204.
Early Childhood Science Inquiry Teacher Education
Cincinnati Museum Center's ECSITE program helps early childhood educators create and implement inquiry-based science activities for theor students. The profram consisted of workshops on "sciencing", a teaching approach which incorporates science experiences into other content areas such as literacy and math. Participating educators complete the program with greater understanding of different approaches to teaching science and the skills students develop through science activities that will help them become successful learniners.
ECSITE is Ohio Approved Professional Development Training and also Kentucky Approved Early Care and Education Training.
ECSITE Theory workshop is $15 per person, per program. ECSITE Theory and Content is $30 per person, per program. Group discount available. Learn more
Learning Through Play
At Cincinnati Museum Center, we know that open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to the development of your students' literacy, life skills and kindergarten readiness. Meet the region's best childhood development experts and learn how to get the most from interactions with your little ones during this one-day conference in the spring. Choose from many hands-on sessions and visit vendors in our free information fair. Sessions are Kentucky Approved Early Care and Education Trainings and Ohio Approved Professional Development Trainings. Learn More
Insights Lecture Series
These lectures feature local and national experts speaking on a variety of subjects chosen for their relevance and their ability to spark insight and dialogue. Learn More
Cincinnati Heritage Programs Tours
Heritage Programs has been presenting historical, cultural and architectural tours for over 20 years. As an outreach association of the Cincinnati Historical Society, the docents of the all-volunteer Cincinnati Heritage Programs have unlocked doors to privately owned places generally not open to the public. All topics are thoroughly researched for accuracy. Learn More
Dinosaur Field School
If you’re interested in dinosaurs and want to participate in a real dig, this is the trip for you! This weeklong session will give you a wide range of experience in the basic principles and techniques of geology and paleontology. Training and collecting supplies will be provided by Cincinnati Museum Center staff under the direction of Dr. Glenn Storrs, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. Learn More
Hahn Site Field School
Have you always wanted to participate in a real archaeology excavation? If so, you're in luck. Every summer, Museum Center presents an annual archaeology field school, a series of four weeklong field school sessions at the Hahn Site in Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. Join us for a week or longer and experience the thrill of uncovering artifacts and features from this Late Prehistoric village site along the Little Miami River. Learn More