Educator Professional Development Workshops

Calling all K-12 educators! We’re pleased to announce that Yerkes will be hosting a series of professional development workshops during summer 2024. Join us at the observatory for a half-day workshop focused on incorporating NGSS-inspired activities into your curriculum. Participants in this event will tour the observatory, learn how to facilitate and receive materials for a hands-on activity, and attend a lunch-and-learn session that explores the astronomy related standards in NGSS and how to implement those standards in your classroom.

The workshops will take place on the following dates from 9am – 1pm at Yerkes Observatory. Note that each session is scaffolded for a particular age range:

  • June 25 – K-5 educators
  • June 26 – Middle school educators
  • July 16 – High school educators
  • July 17 – AP high school educators

Reservations are required, and the cost for this workshop is $50 per educator. There are a set number of fee waivers available, so please reach out to Mallory Conlon ( if you need financial assistance. To reserve tickets, please visit our ticketing website!

Schedule of Events

  • Educator arrival – 8:30am
  • Tour begins – 9am
  • Activity demonstration – 10am – 11:30am
  • Lunch and Learn – 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Q&A and gift shop – 12:30pm – 1pm
  • Educator departure – 1pm

Please direct any questions about the program to Mallory Conlon (

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