STEM Professional Development

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Professional Development Consulting

The McKinney Center can provide teacher training on a variety of topics ranging from Simply STEM to So, You Want to Be a Scientist?  These workshops and supports can be designed for multiple levels of educator experience, learning environments, and student age groups. Please see our flyer for more details: STEM PD one-page.

Teaching Fellows Program

PEF’s McKinney Center’s Teaching Fellows Program is sponsored by PECO and Johnson Matthey. The Fellows Program is an intensive—and fun—professional development series designed for classroom teachers and informal educators who seek to enrich their students’ STEM content knowledge, skillsets, and literacy.

Participants attend workshops and complete capstone projects, which are original and engaging STEM lesson plans to implement in their learning environments. They receive assistance implementing their projects, a stipend, and Act 48 or PQAS credits.

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

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.

Contact us

For more information about our fellowships, partnerships, and professional development consulting, please get in touch.

Nancy Peter, Ed.D.
Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education