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Professional Development

Discover free professional development in a variety of topics.


Professional Development

Ward’s Science Professional Development

Connect to Free Online Training for Today’s Curriculum Topics

At Ward’s Science, we never stop exploring new ways to help you connect your students with science, and we know you never stop learning. Whether you’re teaching a new curriculum topic for the first time, or you want to learn new skills to enhance the lessons you already teach, our experts are here to help.

Our free online professional development webinars are live, interactive, and led by our own in-house science and education experts with the latest products and techniques for today’s science classroom.

Webinars are limited to the first 100 participants to join at the time of the webinar. RSVP to receive link to join webinar. Be sure to arrive early or on time to ensure your seat!*

Pathways to Funding Through Your Educational Ecosystem

Looking for new ways to fund your science program or supplement your science budget? Join our in-house grans and funding expert to learn everything you need to know about educational ecosystems and how they can put you on a pathway to funding and position you to win grants and bring resources to your students. We will explore local, regional, state, and national sources of funding and outline strategies for leveraging your educational ecosystems including building local partnerships that can help secure funding opportunities locally and nationally, and for building connections with local industry and community partners. Notes, websites, and worksheets will be available to registered participants on the day of the webinar.

Date: 9/13/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr.Rusti Berent, Ward's Science Grants and Funding Consultant

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Guided Fetal Pig Dissection

In this guided webinar, you'll dig deeper than dissection as we walk through the process of dissecting a fetal pig in your classroom and discuss tips and techniques for more effective dissection lessons. We'll discuss how to define goals for your dissection labs that put dissections in the context of standards. You'll learn time-saving tips for preparing for your lab activity, and discuss easy ways to connect student lab skills to science practices and real-world applications.

Date: 9/18/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Robert Geroux, Ward's Science Plus Us Preserved Materials Expert 

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Essential Activities for Essential Earth Science Lessons

Give your students a rock solid foundation in earth science and beyond at an economical cost. Using all-new Ward's Science Essentials kits and simple classroom supplies, we'll show you how to explore earth and space with your students with hands-on activities for rock and mineral identification, water purification, and designing a spacesuit.

Date: 9/19/17
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Michelle Pagani, Ward's Science Plus Us Biology Expert

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Brain Games: Fun and Learning with Neuroscience

In this stimulating webinar led the neuroscience experts at Backyard Brains, you'll learn how to safely perform hands-on, student-led neuroscience investigations in your classroom - while having tons of fun. You'll learn how to incorporate NGSS biology, physics, physiology and engineering standards into your lessons with innovative activities that fuse science practices, engineering practices, and brain content together.

Date: 9/20/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Guest Presenter, Backyard Brains

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An Introduction to Science Olympiad

Join us as we discuss how to form a Science Olympiad team and how to prepare for state, regional and national competitions with Ward's Science Olympiad Kits; the only kits officially licensed by the Science Olympiad Organization!

Date: 9/25/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Samantha Bonelli, Ward's Science Plus Us Physics/Science Olympiad Expert

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Getting' Fidgety with It: The Science of Fidget Spinners

Love them or hate them, the fidget spinner is more than just a toy - it's a creation of science. Next time you see one in class, don't confiscate it...teach with it! From rotational energy to impulse and vectors, we'll show you how to use this simple toy to show students the science behind spinning. Recommended for middle school and high school levels.

Date: 9/26/2017
Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Samantha Bonelli, Ward's Science Plus Us Physics Expert

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Get the Scoop on Scopes

Discover everything you need to know about using, choosing, and caring for your microscopes in this comprehensive webinar led by Ward's Science microscope experts. We'll walk through how to choose the right microscope for your classroom or lab, provide an overview of the many different microscope styles and their applications, discuss features how to use them, and show you how to care for and maintain your microscopes so they last in your lab.

Date: 9/27/2017
Time: 4:00 P.M. EDT
Presenter: Joyce Dorsey, Ward's Science Plus Us Microscopes Expert

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*RSVP provides link to join, but does not guarantee access on the day of the webinar. Due to space limitations, webinars are limited to the first 100 participants to join via the link provided at the scheduled time. Please arrive early or on time to ensure your spot.