Approaches to Teaching and Fostering Innovation

FREE Educator Professional Development Workshop
Saturday, 19 October 2019, 8:30am-5:00pm, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Are you a middle school educator with a passion for space exploration and science?

The International Astronautical Congress – the world’s premier space conference -- is coming back to the US this October! Thousands of industry professionals, researchers, and students will be converging on DC for a week to discuss topics ranging from space exploration and science, to policy and education.

Applications are now being accepted for a full day of educator professional development with talks, curriculum sharing, and hands-on workshops. Participants will be exposed to a wide variety of resources, including the GLOBE citizen science program, CloudSat, CanSat, the Tree-Height project, the ZICA project, and ECLIPSE.

  • The day is free of charge, and lunch is provided.
  • Domestic and international educators are welcomed.
  • To apply: Complete and submit the form on the right no later than 11:59pm EDT on 27 September 2019. 
  • Selections will be announced by 11 October 2019.
  • Slots are limited, so apply today!

Featured Presenter

Jane-Pollock-145Dr. Jane E. Pollock is co-author of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) bestseller, Classroom Instruction That Works (2001). She works worldwide with teachers and principals on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Her work results in improved student achievement in classrooms and schools. Dr. Pollock wrote Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time (2007) and Feedback: The Hinge that Joins Teaching and Learning (2011). She co-authored Dimensions of Learning Teacher and Training Manuals (1996), Assessment, Grading and Record Keeping (1999), Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time (2009), Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time (2012), and The i5 Approach: Lesson Planning that Teaches Thinking and Fosters Innovation (2018). A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Jane earned degrees at the University of Colorado and Duke University.

Workshop Sessions Include:

Dr. Jane E. Pollock, i5: teaching thinking, teaching innovation

Using tools from her book, The i5 Approach: lesson planning that teaches thinking and fosters innovation, Dr. Pollock explains why we should apply neurological and experimental control research to lesson planning to explicitly teach thinking. This workshop shares strategies to update instructional models to improve student engagement and depth of knowledge.

Victorian Space Science Education Center (VSSEC) - Teaching Thinking Skills to Middle Years Students

VSSEC will guide teachers as they practice the thinking skill of Analyzing Systems and design an activity that will help their students develop this skill. Teachers will use the example of a CanSat system for their own analysis practice and receive a set of teaching materials covering the VSSEC CanSat program for use in their own schools.

NASA Commercial Crew Program NEXTGEN STEM

Learn more about NASA's Commercial Crew Program and the NextGen STEM pilot initiative, including virtual reality tours/classroom field trips (VR) and K-12 STEM activities. This session will include a hands-on demonstration of the Commercial Crew Orbital Docking (CODing) Simulation, as well as an overview and training for VR tours, Google Expeditions, and other NASA activities.


The NASA GLOBE Program is an international science and education program involving a network of K-12 students, teachers, scientists and citizen scientists studying the environment. During this session, teachers will receive hands-on training on Atmosphere Cloud Protocols and learn how to enter the data into the GLOBE database and work with the data on the GLOBE website and GLOBE apps.

Workshop Application

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