Professional Development

Explorers’ Guild

Since 1999, the Explorers’ Guild (EG) program has delivered free professional learning for Georgia’s K12 educators. The program brings the expertise of the EG team, STEM experts, and educators to share knowledge and best practices. Explorers’ Guild focuses on equipping educators with methods and ideas to enhance student-teacher engagement with the aid of current technologies.

Topics are chosen based on feedback from prior workshop attendees, shifts in technology and policies at the state and federal level, and needs assessment gathered from instructional technology leaders. Participants receive a Certificate of Participation at the end each workshop.

In June, a special all-day (or multi-day) summer workshop is offered. Past workshop topics included grant writing, GALILEO, and STEM research.

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2020-2021 EG Schedule

New EG series coming in January 2021

Virtual EG Series | Listen Up: Podcasts in the Classroom
October 22, 2020: Communicating Information Using Podcasts

Fred Rascoe and Charlie Bennett, GT Library

October 29, 2020: Introduction to Creating Podcasts
Fred Rascoe and Charlie Bennett, GT Library

November 5, 2020: Integrating Podcasts in Your Curriculum
Christy Todd, Fayette County Public Schools

November 12, 2020: K12 Podcast Ideas and Strategies
Tyler Kinner, GTRI and Heidi Turcotte, CEISMC

Podcasts have been growing rapidly and one of the biggest motivations for listening to podcasts is learning. Over the years, podcast use has made its way into the classroom. Educators can use podcasts to make connections across disciplines, facilitate project-based learning, and increase literacy and communications skills. Looking for alternative ways to assess your student's understanding of a topic, and involve them in a fun innovative process at the same time? Consider having your students create a podcast. Students can also create podcasts as part of a classroom activity or curriculum.


Other Professional Development Opportunities

STEM Saturday Study Session
November 14, 2020, 9:00am – 10:30am via Webex

Need a refresher on a subject before your Broadfield Science GACE? Want to review content you’re currently teaching? Looking to teach a new subject next year?

Join us for our first STEM Saturday Study Session. We’ll review key concepts and skills, and practice solving problems in a content area. We’ll also explore how researchers are applying these concepts and skills in their work as ways to bring phenomena and authentic inquiry into the classroom. This Saturday will focus on chemistry topics.


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