Professional
Development

We believe that investing in teachers significantly increases student achievement and opportunities for success in all areas.

Space Across the Curriculum

We recognize that teachers face many challenges in developing lesson plans that engage students, meet district and state standards and are fun and rewarding to deliver. This is why we place a great deal of focus on delivering professional development to educators with programs that meet education standards by integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) into daily curriculum. Our courses use space as the “hook” to engage students and provide activities that are instantly transferable to the classroom. Our Teacher Liaison program links master educators from around the globe for networking, support and exchange.

Educator Professional Development Workshops

Space Foundation offers a number of programs for all teachers:

  • Classes held at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Courses can be conducted for half-day or full-day sessions at your school
  • Professional development courses can be a part of the Space in the Community program

Train-the-Trainer Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Join us for a week-long project-based educator professional development workshop that will inspire, educate, and empower educators through the power of STEM learning.  Participants will receive tools, resources, and materials that are adaptable to any learning environment.  

Student with telescope

Course A:
Biology - Physical and Emotional Impacts of Long-Term Space Flight (Grades 6-12):

Explore the impacts of space travel on the human body in this Space Across the Curriculum course for grades 6-12. Participants will discover microgravity effects on brain function, bone density, and cardiovascular health through hands-on lessons aligned with Next Generation Science and Engineering standards. Discover strategies for addressing mental health challenges in space and learn to integrate these topics into student learning. Participants will gain insights into innovative astronaut training technologies used by space agencies worldwide.

  • Engage in STEAM lessons that explore biology concepts with a hands-on, teamwork-driven approach, all centered around life in space
  • Take the full course curriculum back to your classroom
  • Earn a certificate for 40 Professional Development hours upon completion
Students with experiment

Special Scholarship Opportunity:

We are excited to announce a new $225 scholarship, reducing your investment to just $150! This makes it even more affordable to participate in this unique professional development experience.

When: June 24-28, 2024, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily

Where: Space Foundation Headquarters, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (In person only) 

Cost: Now only $150 with the new $225 scholarship (originally $375). Transportation and travel costs not included.

Course B:
Beyond Books - Cosmic Classroom Connections (Grades K-3):

Explore Space Foundation's redesigned PreK-3 Space Across the Curriculum course, now integrating STEAM principles to emphasize interdisciplinary education. Designed for Early Childhood educators, this NGSS-aligned program promotes curiosity and creativity through inquiry-based learning.

Instructors will lead teachers through hands-on activities suitable for young learners, fostering exploration and understanding of science and the arts. The course culminates in a collaborative project where teachers create children's books blending science and art, promoting creative expression, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.

  • Engage in lessons that integrate science, informational picture books, art and music
  • Take the full course curriculum back to your classroom
  • Earn a certificate for 40 Professional Development hours upon completion
Child coloring

Special Scholarship Opportunity:

We are excited to announce a new $225 scholarship, reducing your investment to just $150! This makes it even more affordable to participate in this unique professional development experience.

When: June 24-28, 2024, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily

Where: Space Foundation Headquarters, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (In person only) 

Cost: Now only $150 with the new $225 scholarship (originally $375). Transportation and travel costs not included.

Start Today to Build a Brighter Future!

For further information, call the Space Foundation at 719.319.3678 or 800.691.4000