Professional Development

Professional Development Programs

  • Code Haven TeachTech

    TeachTech is Code Haven’s one-day conference for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating computer science curriculum into their classrooms. Teachers learn about computer science fundamentals, how to demonstrate these concepts to students in an engaging way, and basic software that they can implement in their classrooms to make CS more appealing to students.

  • CRISP Professional Development for Teachers

    CRISP professional development workshops provide specialized training to practicing scientists and science educators at all levels. Several workshops are offered each semester with the overarching theme of integrating interdisciplinary science into the classroom. Recent workshops have included “Special Education in Teaching Science” and “21st Century Approach to Teaching Electricity and Magnetism: Real World Applications.” CRISP also provides curricular resources and lab and demo kits for STEM classrooms. 

    For more information, visit the CRISP website

  • CRISP Research Experiences for Teachers Fellowship

    The CRISP Research Experiences for Teachers program is a four-week summer research experience for local 8th–12th grade and community college STEM teachers. The fellowship supports the active involvement of K-12 STEM teachers in research in order to bring knowledge of materials science, engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. Teachers conduct research alongside CRISP faculty and graduate students, with the goal of building long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the university research community.  

    For more information, visit the CRISP website

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    The program exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a research scientist, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, a total of over 260 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the Program. Several interns have presented their research at science fairs and approximately 20% of student interns have published their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

    For more information, visit the Discovery to Cure website

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a biomedical laboratory at Yale, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, more than 300 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the program. Many interns have presented their research at science fairs, and approximately 20% of student interns have published their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

    For more information click HERE.  

  • Discovery to Cure High School Teacher Internship

    Connecticut high school science teachers have the opportunity to do research in a lab at Yale University during the summer, to further their knowledge of science. 

    For more information, visit the Discovery to Cure website

  • Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

    The Zigler Center sponsors a weekly Social Policy Lecture Series that is free and open to the public. Speakers from academia, government, community organizations, business, and the media discuss their work and its policy implications. The Center advises policymakers and practitioners on programs to improve the lives of America’s children. It has created extended day and early childhood development programs, such as Head Start, for New Haven Public Schools. 

    Please visit the Zigler Center website for more information. 

  • Graduate Student Women Engineers

    GradSWE at Yale is part of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization committed to promoting women in engineering. Together with Pathways to Science, GradSWE runs numerous Engineering Days for middle and high school students throughout the year. The goal of Engineering Day is to show attendees that learning a new skill to a level that lets them build a real robot or conduct a true scientific experiment does not need to be intimidating. You do not need to be a physician to start tinkering with medical devices nor do you need to be a programmer to automate a small task in your daily life. Past projects include programming a self-watering garden and building an air quality monitor.

  • Open Yale Courses

    Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. The available courses are accessible here

  • Peabody Fellows

    This professional development program offers elementary, middle, and high school teachers innovative curricula and hands-on, inquiry-based learning methods, which link biodiversity with Connecticut’s life and earth science standards. Recent program themes have included “Climate Change and Patterns of Vector-Borne Disease,” “Solar System Investigations,” and “Strength in Numbers: How to Use Museum Specimen Data in the Classroom.” Participants attend a week-long teacher institute and receive a stipend, use of museum specimens, and ongoing support from the Peabody’s educators. 

    For more information, visit the Peabody website

  • PIER Summer Institutes

    PIER Summer Institutes bring nearly one hundred K-12 teachers and college faculty to the Yale MacMillan Center each summer for weeklong seminars. This summer’s theme is “Global Challenges: Climate Change and Food Security,” and selected teachers will participate in a field trip to Morocco to observe firsthand the effects of climate change on food security. Educators collaborate to transform the academic content of the seminars into working models for lesson plans and novel curriculum.

    For more information, visit the PIER website

  • Science Haven

    Science Haven is a collaboration between Open Labs, Yale Science Diplomats, and New Haven neighborhood leaders designed to embed researchers more deeply in their neighborhoods through hands-on science demos at community gatherings. Through attending neighborhood leadership meetings and connecting with families, Science Haven aims to inspire students to pursue a career in science, to help adults to see scientists as approachable, and to facilitate relationships on a personal level to begin breaking down systemic barriers between academia and the public. By putting a face to the lab coat, Science Haven hopes to foster a sense of trust between residents and their neighborhood scientific community.

  • STEM Mentors

    Stem Mentors is a graduate student organization that aims to promote interest among female and underrepresented students in pursuing STEM careers. STEM Mentors connects students with college and graduate students at Yale pursuing STEM majors to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.

  • Symposium on Music in Schools

    The Symposium on Music in Schools is held once every two years at the Yale School of Music as part of the Music in Schools Initiative. The Symposium brings together fifty distinguished music teachers from around the country. These teachers are nominated by their districts and are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools. Teachers are invited to travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the Symposium. For four days in June, the distinguished music educators convene to participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, and other events. They are joined by local New Haven Public School music teachers. Discussions focus on pressing issues in the field of music education.

    For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website

  • Urban Resources Initiative

    Urban Resources Initiative is a not-for-profit university partnership between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale and the city of New Haven whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI is dedicated to community participation in urban ecosystem management. As of 2009, the City of New Haven adopted the URI curriculum “Open Spaces as Learning Places” as mandatory instruction for all New Haven public school 6th grade students. URI partners with Common Ground High School and the Sound School for the GreenSkills program, a local green jobs program that employs high school students and ex-offenders through the planting of trees, working towards the goal of the TreeHaven 10K campaign to plant 10,000 trees throughout New Haven.

    For more information, visit the URI website

  • Windham Campbell Literary Festival

    The Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, non-fiction, and fiction to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Now in its third year, highlight events from past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, a literary “speed dating” event, film screenings, and a group reading by all the prizewinners. Many Festival events are free and open to the public. 

    For more information, visit the Windham Campbell Prizes website

  • Yale Center for British Art Summer Teacher Institute

    The Yale Center for British Art Summer Teacher Institute offers K-8 teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops led by university faculty, museum curators, and educators demonstrate how visual texts can be utilized in the classroom to enhance literacy instruction. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art website

  • Yale Center for British Art Visual Literacy Consortium

    The Visual Literacy Consortium brings together a group of educators for a bimonthly consortium to promote the important dialog about visual literacy and its role in school curriculum. The purpose of the group is to share experiences, research, and resources and to work towards an expanded notion of literacy, which includes making meaning from visual, as well as written texts. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale Center for British Art website.

  • Yale Child Study Center's School Development Program

    The School Development Program is committed to the total development of all children by creating learning environments that support children’s physical, cognitive, psychological, language, social, and ethical development. The Professional Consultation and Development program provides various levels of training for New Haven teachers, administrators, and parents. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Child Study Center’s website

  • Yale Latino Network Group STEM Workshop

    The Yale Latino Network Group seeks to strengthen the professional and social relationships between Latino employees, the university, and the outside community. Each year, the group invites Pathways middle school students to explore science and engineering with its members for a day of hands-on workshops. The most recent event included a design thinking workshop, where students built prototypes of chairs at the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design with Yale’s Design for America student organization.

  • Yale University Art Gallery Teacher Leadership Program

    In the Teacher Leadership Program, teachers explore innovative ways to connect their own interests in art, their curricula, and the Gallery’s collection. The program is free and meets monthly throughout the academic year. Last year, more than 500 teachers attended professional development programs at the museum that focused on inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

  • Yale University on iTunesU

    Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni and distinguished visitors. Apple’s iTunes distributes the University’s podcasts, all free of charge. You can download episodes one at a time or you can subscribe to the entire series. Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.

  • Yale West Campus Landscape Lab

    The Yale Landscape Lab fosters growing collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting over 20 professional schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across Yale. Partners include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Health, and Yale College. Numerous student groups utilize the West Campus Landscape Lab for a place to put their ideas into action.

  • Yale YouTube Channel

    The Yale University YouTube channel supplies a variety of videos to the viewing public. Covering anything from speeches and course lectures to videos made about happenings on campus, the Yale YouTube channel is a free way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer. 

    Find Yale on YouTube here

  • Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

    The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute is an educational partnership designed to strengthen teaching and learning in New Haven public schools. Yale faculty members and New Haven teachers work together as colleagues in discussion seminars and the development of new curriculum units. The seminars, which meet over a five-month period, are designed in response to teacher requests and have addressed topics across the sciences and humanities. Each participating teacher becomes an Institute Fellow and prepares a curriculum unit to be taught and published, which is widely disseminated and made available online. Fellows become members of the Yale community for one year, with library and other campus privileges, and receive a stipend upon successful completion of the Institute. 

    For more information, visit the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute website

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