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Educator Professional Development

Develop skills and gain knowledge through hands-on workshops.

Learning about new topics in education can be time consuming when you don’t know where to look or who to ask.  Implementing activities that increase student engagement, improve knowledge retention, and give students the opportunity to see real world application take time to plan and develop.  Don’t know who to ask? Don’t know what to plan? Challenger Learning Center’s professional development workshops answer these questions and more. 

Attend one or more of these workshops to:

  • Gain content knowledge and understanding
  • Experience the activities first-hand and learn from others
  • Receive handouts and resources to easily implement activities in your classroom

Topics align with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  Professional Development workshops can be provided on-site, at your school. Contact the CLC for more information.


Teacher Training Workshop for Comet and Mars 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019/9am-3pm
    
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC    
Free/teacher (materials included)

Attend this workshop to experience a mission and receive instruction on how to best prepare your students for a Rendezvous with a Comet or Expedition Mars mission.  Materials included in the workshop.

Click here to register.


Christa's Lost Lessons: 5th-8th Grade Educators
Tuesday, January 29, 2019/5-8pm
    
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC    
$35/teacher (materials included)

Teacher and astronaut, Christa McAuliffe was the first person tasked with bringing education to space. Though she did not have a chance to complete her lessons, we've teamed up with NASA to help you bring them to life in the classroom. Learn about and educate on topics including: effervescence, chromatography, liquids in micro-gravity, and Newton's laws. Materials and light refreshments provided. This workshop is worth 3 PD hours for educators.

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Teacher Training Workshop for Comet and Mars 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019/5-8pm
    
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC    
Free/teacher (materials included)

Attend this workshop to experience a mission and receive instruction on how to best prepare your students for a Rendezvous with a Comet or Expedition Mars mission.  Materials included in the workshop.

Click here to register.


Connecting Students with STEM Careers: 3rd-8th Grade Educators
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/5-8pm
    
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC    
$35/teacher (materials included)

What exactly is a STEM career? Where are the STEM career opportunities in your community? Get your students excited about STEM! Complete activities that connect real-world STEM skills to the classroom, and leave with strategies and tips for identifying and connecting with STEM professionals in your community. Materials and light refreshments provided. This workshop is worth 3 PD hours for educators.

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Space & STEM in the Classroom: 3rd-8th Grade Educators
Tuesday, April 23, 2019/5-8pm
    
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC    
$35/teacher (materials included)

Explore unique ways to get students involved in the world of NASA and STEM. Learn about upcoming missions, space station alerts, social media events, and more. Take away activities and materials to finish out the year, or get a jumpstart on next semester and plan a year of STEM for your students. Materials and light refreshments provided. This workshop is worth 3 PD hours for educators.

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Contact Us

Challenger Learning Center
1500 W. Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8700
Fax: 309-268-7984
Emailclc@heartland.edu 

Stacey Shrewsbury

Associate Director
Phone: 309-268-8701
Email:
Stacey.Shrewsbury@heartland.edu

Libby Torbeck

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8702
EmailLibby.Torbeck@heartland.edu

Jo Kitchens

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8703
EmailJo.Kitchens@heartland.edu

Crystal Johnson

Program Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8374
EmailCrystal.Johnson@heartland.edu

Jenna Brewer

Registration & Records Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8707
EmailJenna.Floyd@heartland.edu