Teacher Professional Development ORISE workshops equip teachers with innovations to inspire STEM learning

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education offers a variety of STEM opportunities to equip educators with valuable STEM skills and learning experiences. Our K-12 teacher programs allow educators to research alongside our nation’s leading scientists, explore STEM curriculum resources, and strengthen their classroom instruction.

ORISE provides professional development for teachers who will educate the next generation of STEM leaders. STEM teachers from kindergarten through high school, and others interested in the STEM fields, can choose from a number of professional development opportunities that aim to help educators engage their students across a number of STEM disciplines.

Teachers test aquatic learning equipment during an ORAU professional development workshop

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

ORISE sponsors and provides FREE STEM-related professional development workshops for K-12 teachers during the month of June.

Examples of workshops this year:

  • Tools for Formative Assessment
  • Screencasting
  • Video Creation and Editing
  • Digital BreakOut!
  • Hyperdocs
  • Tools for Interactive Digital Learning
  • WagiLabs – Ideas for Good

Learn more about Teacher Workshops

A female teacher conducts research during the ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute

ARC/ORNL High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute

The ARC/ORNL Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute is a two week residential program that provides high school teachers and students in the Appalachian region the opportunity to partner with ORNL scientists on authentic research projects. Teachers develop methods to integrate current research into their classrooms.

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Teachers participate in a team-building activity during the Joint Science and Technology Institute, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Joint Science and Technology Institute, Aberdeen Proving Ground

The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is a two-week residential program at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Md.) for current high school teachers exposing them to scientific research through hands-on projects. This program enables educators to work with real-world scientists and increase student awareness of career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

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Teachers address students in protective clothing as they prepare for an experiment during the Joint Science and Technology Institute at Albuquerque

Joint Science and Technology Institute, Albuquerque

The The Joint Science and Technology Institute at Albuquerque (JSTI-ABQ) is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research experience for high school teachers in the western United States. Participants will engage in research projects mentored by Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory research scientists and other subject matter experts. 

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Two teachers display their laboratory samples during the STEM Teacher Education Program

STEM Teacher Education Program (STEP)

STEP provides absolutely free professional development opportunities across the country for a limited number of schools in need. Our focus is on teachers of content areas that align with Department of Defense research interests, such as biotechnology, water quality, design thinking, and much more!

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Teachers observe students working together on a project during the Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI)

Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) STEM Club

The JSTI STEM Club is an initiative that aims to create and support high-quality STEM clubs in high-needs high schools. This initiative identifies groups of teachers who are committed to starting or expanding existing afterschool STEM clubs with the support of school administrators. 

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K-12 teachers selected as Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows gathered at the Albert Einstein statue

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

Learn more about Albert Einstein Fellowship