STEM Professional Development


Our professional development workshops address a wide range of STEM topics for educators in Grades Pre-K to 12, as well as, subjects for high school counselors, such as building a college going culture; mental health and the college search, Financial Aid 101; and data-driven college counseling. Many workshops provide Act 48 and Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) credits.

Research shows that the most important factor in student learning is a highly effective classroom teacher.

Teaching Fellows Program

PEF’s McKinney Center for STEM Education Teaching Fellows Program, sponsored by PECO, is an intensive—and fun—professional development series designed for Philadelphia K-8 public school teachers seeking to grow the STEM literacy of their students.

Participants attend workshops and complete capstone projects: designing engaging STEM lesson plans to implement in the classroom. They receive assistance implementing capstone projects, a stipend, and earn Act 48 credits.

Education Partnerships

PEF’s McKinney Center for STEM Education partners with Out-of-School Time education providers to expand opportunities for teacher professional development. A recent example in PEF’s portfolio is a workshop series at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center:

Summer Workshop Series
  • Science is My Specialty
  • Simply Science
  • Careers in STEM, held at the Philadelphia Water Works
  • Science in the Summer, held at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, with Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Participants attended free-of-charge. Eligible in-school educators received Act 48 credits, and non-classroom educators received PQAS Credits.

Teacher in the Workplace

Funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, Teacher in the Workplace introduces educators to the content knowledge and skill sets needed for a variety of STEM occupations through an immersive workplace experience. Teachers participate free of charge and earn Act 48 credits.

We help students dive into the world of STEM careers.

Check out our extensive list of STEM resources.

The STEM Ecosystem brings together a vast community of STEM providers.

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