Leonard Gelfand STEM Center teacher professional development programs are the result of collaboration between the Center, school and district teachers and administrators, university faculty, and community organizations built around a specific need identified by the K-12 partner. While each program is customized for a particular school or district, they are all intensive, hands-on, inquiry based, and rooted in best practices in STEM education. As a result, it is highly likely that one or more of the programs listed below is easily adapted to your school or district.

Many of these programs were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Abington Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Environmental Education Fund, and/or private donors. Additional information on active programs can be found by clicking on the links in the menu to the left.

To inquire about any of the programs listed below or to discuss a professional development need for your school or district, contact Jim Bader at jxb14@case.edu or call (216) 368-5289.

  • Laboratory-Based Science (grades K-12); experimental design, inquiry, quantitative analysis, biology, chemistry, physical science
  • Great Lakes Science and Technology (grades K-12); Great Lakes shipping, maritime communication
  • Engineering is Elementary (grades K-8); introduction to engineering design, science and literacy integration 
  • Great Lakes in My World (grades K-12); introduction to the Great Lakes; transdisciplinary investigations
  • Place-Based Learning (grades K-5); lesson development, experimental design, inquiry, transdisciplinary units
  • Walking in Darwin’s Footsteps (grades 9-12); natural selection, population genetics, evolution