K-12 Professional Development

The Science Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is very active in researching into and developing high quality professional development experiences for educators. This page is a portal to PD programs and resources developed by the SED and its education partners.

A Private Universe A Private Universe and Minds of Our Own
Why donÝt even the brightest students truly grasp basic science concepts? A Private Universe is an award-winning program traces the problem through interviews with Harvard graduates and their professors, as well as with a bright ninth-grader who has some confused ideas about the orbits of the planets. Minds of Our Own picks up on the questions asked in Private Universe, showing that many of the things we assume about how children learn are simply not true.
  • See a video documentary on education research for grade 5-12 educators using A Private Universe
  • See a video documentary on education and learning for K-12 educators and parents using Minds of Our Own
Structure and Evolution of the UniverseBeyond the Solar System (Expanding the Universe in the Classroom)
Many new astronomy learners, students and adults alike, are unfamiliar with the universe beyond the solar system. The Beyond the Solar System Professional Development Project offers opportunities for deepening content knowledge and exploring strategies for teaching and learning about current scientific models and evidence for the origin and evolution of our universe of galaxies. Learn More...
AnnenbergAnnenberg Channel Professional Development Workshops
From 1996 through 2008 the Science Media Group operated the Annenberg Channel, a free satellite channel broadcasting award-winning educational programming. The following workshops have been developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Annenberg Channel. The workshops below and other educational programs are now available on the Web. Learn More...
SEDNet is a nationwide educational leadership program to introduce physical and space science curricula into schools. The SED works with a consortium of Challenger Learning Centers across the nation, offering workshops to elementary and middle school teachers. Learn More...
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Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists is a traveling museum exhibition that immerses visitors in the modern search for black holes through a variety of interactive and multimedia experiences. Find out more...

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