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Professional Development

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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!*

Ward's Science Summer Webinar Series
Learn New Skills all Summer Long

School is out, but our summer professional development sessions are in! Join the Ward's Science Plus Us team for a full lineup of free, live, and interactive webinars covering trending topics and time-saving solutions for your science classroom.

Check out our upcoming webinars.
RSVP to any webinars to let us know you're coming! We'll send you a link to join prior to the webinar.

OSHA's GHS Rulings and How they Affect You

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
4:00 p.m. EDT

Presented by Dr. Liz Hoffman, Ward's Science Plus Us Chemistry Expert

Join our chemistry and safety team to learn about the changes coming to the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals as part of OSHA's Occupational Safety and Health Administration) updated Hazard Communication Standard. In this live, interactive workshop, we'll discuss what these changes mean for your chemistry classroom and how they're designed to improve safety for both students and teachers. You'll learn what's now required on all Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Labels, as well as how to read them. We'll also show you how to develop and/or update your chemical hygiene plan and laboratory safety checklists, as well as an OSHA GHS fact sheet that can be used to communicate these new requirements to your administration.


Making the Leap: Transitioning from Cat to Rabbit Dissection

Monday, June 20, 2016
4:00 p.m. EDT

Presented by Nick Rosse, Ward's Science Plus Us Biology Expert

Do you use preserved cat specimens in your dissection lab? Has the recent industry-wide cat shortage forced you to postpone or cancel your planned lessons? While preserved cats are unfortunately in short supply, your lessons don't have to wait, In this live, interactive workshop, we'll show you how preserved rabbits can be a comparable and economical alternative to teaching internal and external anatomy with cats. Our biology and dissection experts will walk you through a dissection using our high-quality preserved rabbits, answering your questions along the way. You'll learn valuable tips and techniques for working with rabbits that will keep your dissection lessons moving forward.



Phototsynthesis: Bright New Ideas for Teaching

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
4:00 p.m. EDT

Presented by Bobby Geroux, Ward's Science Plus Us Biology Expert

You've taught photosynthesis dozens of times in your classroom. Yet who says your lessons have to stay the same year after year? In this live, interactive webinar, we'll introduce you to new ways to teach the fundamentals of photosynthesis with engaging and exciting demonstrations and activities that capture and keep student interest and make photosynthesis fun.


Grant Writing: Pipelines, Partnerships, and Finding Funding

Monday, June 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. EDT

Presented by Dr. Rusti Berent. Ward's Science Grants & Funding Consultant

Looking for new ways to fund your science program or supplement your science budget? Join our in-house grants and funding expert to learn everything you need to know about finding funding and positioning yourself and your classroom to win available grant funds. We'll explore local, regional, state, and national sources of funding and lead to sustainability. Participants will walk away with easy-to-implement ideas for uncovering grants and funding pipelines 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.


Microscope Cleaning, Care, and Maintenance

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
4:00 p.m. EDT

Presented by Joyce Dorsey, Ward's Science Expert

Join us for a FREE, live, interactive, and hands-on webinar led by the Ward's Science Plus Us team. In this session, you'll learn how to care, clean, maintain and troubleshoot your microscopes. This free webinar will help you keep your microscope collection in good working condition to ensure years of student use.


*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.