INSTITUTES AND WORKSHOPS AT SCIENCE HOUSE

Are you committed to making substantive change to improve educational outcomes for each and every student?  At Science House, we are too.  And we think that you will find that the level of professional development from Science House is unsurpassed. People in our programs consistently report that our intensive planning, attention to detail, and ability to create trusting professional communities are stand-outs in the field.  Moreover, we are highly skilled in a variety of adult facilitation techniques, have synthesized research from a variety of fields into powerful PD experiences, and maintain a laser focus on equity, engagement, and relationships.

Having worked with over 40 school districts across five states, several departments of education, governmental agencies, and non-profits, our team is experienced. Our comprehensive program evaluation evidences that our professional development brings about personal and collective transformation.  Our work is about making the world more just and engaging the full humanity of people with whom we work and for whom we serve.

Join us for this important work — because if it were easy, it wouldn’t be hard!

2019-2020 Institutes and Programs

 

2019 MOORHEAD COMMUNITY RACE WORKSHOP

May 21, 22 and 23, 2019 (Tuesday - Thursday)

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
at Minnesota State University Moorhead
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
There is no cost to participate in the workshop.
We ask that you commit to attend all three days.

The Community Race Workshop is designed to bring Moorhead community members together to explore the impacts of race and racism on people’s lives within the community. The workshops will call on us to examine widely held beliefs within society, organizational practices and policies, interpersonal interactions and individual biases. Exercises, readings, and discussions are carefully designed to engage participants in trust-building and difficult yet healing conversations with one another.

During the workshops, we will focus content on the ways in which racism is established, reinforced, and employed to maintain inequality. In the process, participants will develop skills in seeing multiple perspectives, developing and maintaining norms, and fostering productive group interactions to begin building strong community relationships across groups.

The Moorhead Community Race Institute is made possible with funds provided by IMLS funding and funding through Minnesota's State Legacy amendment.

Registration is now closed.


2019 WORTHINGTON COMMUNITY RACE WORKSHOP

June 5, 6, and 7, 2019 (Wednesday - Friday)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Worthington Campus
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
There is no cost to participate in the workshop.
We ask that you commit to attend all three days.

The Community Race Workshop is designed to bring Worthington community members together to explore the impacts of race and racism on people’s lives within the community. The workshops will call on us to examine widely held beliefs within society, organizational practices and policies, interpersonal interactions and individual biases. Exercises, readings, and discussions are carefully designed to engage participants in trust-building and difficult yet healing conversations with one another.

During the workshops, we will focus content on the ways in which racism is established, reinforced, and employed to maintain inequality. In the process, participants will develop skills in seeing multiple perspectives, developing and maintaining norms, and fostering productive group interactions to begin building strong community relationships across groups.

The Worthington Community Race Institute is made possible with funds provided by IMLS funding and funding through Minnesota's State Legacy amendment.

Registration is now closed.


Bringing About Positive Change in Districts: The PAGE Leadership Program
Summer Institute5 DaysJune 17-21, 2019 
Colloquium I2 DaysOctober 24-25, 2019 
Colloquium II2 DaysFebruary 13-14, 2020 
Colloquium III2 DaysApril 2-3, 2020 

PAGE is the Science Museum of Minnesota’s flagship program for leaders in K-12 education. Dedicated to supporting diversity, promoting inclusion, increasing access, and achieving equity in educational systems, PAGE is designed to support leaders in bringing about meaningful and lasting institutional change towards greater equity and inclusion within schools and across districts. This transformative program has been developed and refined through multiple awards from the National Science Foundation and focuses on leadership, beliefs, systems, relationships, and complexity.

During PAGE, you will engage with fellow leaders and the facilitation team in critical questions and discussions about leading in complex systems and profound ways of bringing about new behaviors and actions in your context. You and your colleagues will develop skills in systems thinking; practice strategies for facilitating highly productive teamwork and collaboration; and examine the relationships between identity, systems of oppression, power, and status.

The PAGE community of educational leaders is powerful. It includes over 40 districts from five states in the Upper Midwest and collectively capitalizes on the wisdom of urban, rural, and suburban contexts. District leaders include superintendents, assistant superintendents, school board members, curriculum directors, Q-comp coordinators, principals, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches. The PAGE community also includes teams from several State Departments of Education.

PAGE is transformative. As one district leader put it, “My leadership has been shaped by PAGE PD. I lead my faculty meetings using facilitation strategies. I formulate questions to guide staff to identify disparities. My feedback to staff from either room stop-ins or formal observations is to support the lenses of PAGE. Being aware of systems helps me as I facilitate new initiatives in my school.” Another put it this way, “This experience has been life-changing and career shaping. It calls me to be something better, someone, better than I was before. It has opened my eyes to see things I would have missed.”

Audience:

District- or school-based leadership teams are eligible to participate in PAGE. Individual team members should 1) have a passion for addressing critical issues of access and equity in education 2) provide professional development, training, coaching, mentoring and/or leadership to K-12 teachers; and 3) have a district- or school-wide perspective. We encourage teams that are culturally, racially, and economically diverse.

Space is limited to 24 participants. Teams are limited to no more than 6 individuals per district or up to 4 individuals per independent school.

At least one person should be in a formal leadership position in your school or district.

If you would like professional development for a group larger than 6, contact us at profdev@smm.org to learn more about a customized workshop or institute.

Cost:

The cost of the 2019-2020 PAGE Foundations program is $2450 per person. This fee includes 11 days of professional development, parking in the Museum ramp, consumable materials, textbooks, journals, light breakfast, and lunch. Evening meals, mileage, and hotel are not included.

For teams based in Minnesota,funds provided by Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment help support the program, bringing the cost of the 2019-2020 PAGE Foundations program down to $1450 per person. This fee includes 11 days of professional development, parking in the Museum ramp, consumable materials, textbooks, journals, light breakfast, and lunch. For Minnesota based teams traveling from outside the Metro Area, mileage, and hotel will also be provided for the 5-day institute. We are currently seeking funds to support these expenses for the three colloquia during the school year.

Application for the 2019-2020 PAGE Foundations Program is now closed.


THE PAGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM - VETERANS

Colloquium II     2 Days    February 13-14. 2020
Colloquium III    2 Days    April 2-3, 2020

Audience: Leaders who have participated in the PAGE Foundations program or the Nexus Foundations 2015-16 & 2016-17 cohorts are invited to attend PAGE Colloquia II and III. Participants who have been a part of other Science House programs will be considered on a case by case basis. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact us at profdev@smm.org

Cost: The cost of the 2019-2020 PAGE Veterans program is $950 per person. This fee includes 4 days of professional development, parking in the Museum ramp, consumable materials, textbooks, journals, light breakfast, and lunch. Evening meals, mileage, and hotel are not included.

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2019

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2019 ROCHESTER COMMUNITY RACE WORKSHOP

April 24, 25 and 26, 2019 (Wednesday - Friday)
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at Rochester Public Library
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
There is no cost to participate in the workshop.
We ask that you commit to attend all three days.

The Community Race Workshop is designed to bring Rochester community members together to explore the impacts of race and racism on people’s lives within the community. The workshops will call on us to examine widely held beliefs within society, organizational practices and policies, interpersonal interactions and individual biases. Exercises, readings, and discussions are carefully designed to engage participants in trust-building and difficult yet healing conversations with one another.

During the workshops, we will focus content on the ways in which racism is established, reinforced, and employed to maintain inequality.In the process, participants will develop skills in seeing multiple perspectives, developing and maintaining norms, and fostering productive group interactions to begin building strong community relationships across groups.

The Rochester Community Race Institute is made possible with funds provided by IMLS funding and funding through Minnesota's State Legacy amendment.

Registration Has Closed


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Questions about Professional Development? Contact us at profdev@smm.org or (651) 221-4563.

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