Educator Professional Development
Lifelong learning happens here!
Cincinnati Museum Center is committed to supporting our educators through unique and engaging professional development opportunities.
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.
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.
Students discover science through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Discover ways to stimulate curiosity and elicit student questions that ultimately lead to investigations.
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 (ECSITE)
Cincinnati Museum Center's ECSITE program helps early childhood educators create and implement inquiry-based science activities for their students. The program consists 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 learners.
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.
For more information concerning these workshop opportunities, please contact Tony Lawson at (513) 287-7000, ext. 7201 or TLawson@cincymuseum.org
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.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
Cincinnati Heritage Programs Tours
Heritage Programs has been presentingfor 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.
Hahn Site Field School
Have you always wanted to participate in a ? 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.
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.
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Send us your photos!
If you send us a high-resolution photo of a Museum Center Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program that was presented in your classroom, and we decide to use your photo for publication, we'll give you one FREE Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program!
Email your photos, your name, name of your school, program title and program date to:
Please note: to be considered for publication, all photos must be sent with for all non-Museum Center individuals in the photo. If the photo subject is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the release. If your school has photo releases for each student on file, you do not need to submit a photo release form, just make a note that the school has permission on file.