Professional Development

Continuing Professional Education

The DoSeum is a convener of educators, a laboratory for research and teaching, and a leader in informal education. Educators who participate in The DoSeum Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs will enhance their understanding of constructivism and inquiry pedagogy and approaches, learn new skills and techniques, and workshop lesson and activity plans to be implemented in their learning environments - whether formal classrooms or informal settings. DoSeum CPE choices will grow as the DoSeum CPE Team develops new offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of educators in our community. Currently, CPE sessions have been adapted to and are addressing the needs of educators who must engage in distance learning to adapt to the constraints presented by community responses to COVID.

Presented by a team of professional educators, our CPE sessions…

  • Explore the relationships between STEM, the Arts, and Literacy
  • Are rooted in constructivist principles and grounded in proven practice
  • Promote joyful learning through inquiry-based exploration, authentic discovery, and critical problem solving
 
Professional Development 

On-Site, In-Person Professional Development Series

The DoSeum will return to providing on-site PD sessions this fall, which will provide 6 CPE hours for each session.  Please note, The DoSeum has implemented some changes since our reopening including face mask usage. We encourage you to review all of our changes before you arrive for any on-site Professional Development offerings on our Reopening page.  

Professional Development Offerings can be paid for by employers via purchase orders.  To get more information, contact Chris Navarro at CNavarro@thedoseum.org or at (210) 572-0655.

Celebrate Dyslexia

Saturday, November 21 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

The DoSeum is honored to partner with Celebrate Dyslexia to host an open enrollment Professional Development session focused on understanding and identifying Dyslexia. Celebrate Dyslexia has collaborated with The DoSeum to host the Beautiful Minds - Dyslexia and The Creative Advantage special exhibit and will lead the PD session. The session is composed of two parts


Part I – Understanding Dyslexia Simulator
What is it like to be dyslexic in a traditional classroom? What are the challenges? How will your unique way of thinking benefit you? In this compelling simulated experience, educators will participate as learners to experience what it is like to be dyslexic students. Through a series of exercises designed to immerse learners in the varied range of challenges that dyslexic people experience, educators will gain a deeper understanding of the limitations of traditional teaching approaches to engage dyslexic students while developing a strong sense of sympathy for these learners.


Part II – Identifying Dyslexia & Engaging with Caregivers
How can educators identify dyslexia? What are the signs and symptoms of dyslexia to look for in the classroom? Often dyslexic students are not easy to identify as they develop coping mechanisms to function within challenging environments and situations. And although they and their families would benefit from identifying their dyslexia, they miss opportunities to improve their engagement with school. In this session, educators will learn how to identify students at risk for dyslexia and consider approaches to communicate with their caregivers to pursue formal diagnoses of dyslexia as well as the resources available to their children.

Session Cost: $50 

 

Register for Celebrate Dyslexia

 

STEM & Literacy

December 5 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

As educators know, students cannot engage in STEM without the foundation of reading and writing. In this session, you will investigate the constructivist connections between STEM and Literacy through balanced literacy and hands-on STEM. Explore readers workshop activities using STEM-based books and writers workshop activities providing authentic writing experiences in the service of STEM. Learn to develop STEM and literacy activities to create a lesson plan.

Session Cost: $50

Register for STEM & Literacy on December 5

 

Self-Paced Professional Development Sessions

The DoSeum’s Self-Paced Professional Development sessions will provide 6 CPE hours from August 31 - December 4, requiring six hours of coursework. Educators can complete their coursework at their own pace, but all coursework will be due by December 4.  A new session will be available to start every week on Monday from August 31 - November 9.  

STEM & Literacy

As educators know, students cannot engage in STEM without the foundation of reading and writing. In this session, you will investigate the constructivist connections between STEM and Literacy through balanced literacy and hands-on STEM. Explore readers workshop activities using STEM-based books and writers workshop activities providing authentic writing experiences in the service of STEM. Learn to develop STEM and literacy activities to create a lesson plan.

Registration Information:

  • A session begins every other Monday from August 31 - November 9 but all coursework is due by December 4. 
  • 6 CPE Hours will be awarded upon completion of the STEM & Literacy course
  • Registration for STEM & Literacy is $50 
     
Register for STEM & Literacy: Starting November 9  

Maker-Centered Learning: The Maker Framework

Look at the world around you and consider how human-made objects and systems have been thoughtfully designed. In this session, you will learn how the maker framework contributes to the development of agency: the ability to see the world as designed and the empowerment to innovate and invent. Experience maker-centered learning using thinking routines. Discover and design ways to incorporate the maker framework into core content areas and project-based learning.

Registration Information:

  • A session begins every other Monday from August 31 - November 9 but all coursework is due by December 4. 
  • 6 CPE Hours awarded upon completion of the Maker-Centered Learning: The Maker Framework course
  • Registration for Maker-Centered Learning: The Maker Framework is $50
     
Register for Maker-Centered Learning: The Maker Framework: Starting November 9  

STEAM & Inquiry

All children are curious. Curiosity is the door to the path of learning. What can educators do to keep the door open? In this session, You will explore the connections of the inquiry structure for learning science and the student-directed research process of an “I-search” writing project, Discover visual thinking strategies that enhance understanding of visual art and promote the STEM skill of looking closely. Learn to design STEAM activities and lesson plans that activate inquiry.    

Registration Information:

  • A session begins every other Monday from August 31 - November 9 but all coursework is due by December 4. 
  • 6 CPE Hours upon completion of the STEAM & Inquiry course
  • Registration for STEAM & Inquiry is $50
     
Register for STEM & Inquiry: Starting November 9  

Professional Learning Communities
 

Available CPE Courses Upon Request

Visual Thinking Strategies 
Engage in VTS to explore their own ability to find meaning in imagery by practicing a set of skills ranging from simple identification to more complex interpretation.

Inquiry-Based Learning
Engage in inquiry-based learning to enhance their teaching practice by building their ability to design and lead inquiry-based lesson plans. 

*All Professional Development programs may be available by request.
To get more information, contact Chris Navarro at CNavarro@thedoseum.org or at (210) 572-0655.


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