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Professional Development

Ward’s Science Professional Development

Connect to Free Online Training for Today’s Curriculum Topics

At Ward’s Science, we never stop exploring new ways to help you connect your students with science, and we know you never stop learning. Whether you’re teaching a new curriculum topic for the first time, or you want to learn new skills to enhance the lessons you already teach, our experts are here to help.

Our live professional development webinars have ended, but there's still plenty of learning to be had! Watch our pre-recorded webinars to learn new skills, tips, and tricks for your classroom on your schedule.

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NSTA National Conference

April 11-14

St. Louis, MO

America’s Center Convention Complex
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Visit Us in Booth #1470 and Workshop Room #260

Join us at the NSTA National Conference to experience the latest classroom tools, technology and professional development to inspire your students and empower today’s champions of science education – that’s you!


Mark your calendar for free professional development workshops in room #260:


Thursday, April 11

Engineering Solutions with Ward’s Essentials (8:00 - 9:30 a.m.)
Work collaboratively with others to design solutions to real-world challenges by using Wards Essentials Kits.  These engineering activities reinforce scientific inquiry, team work and NGSS Performance Expectations that you will be able to bring back to your Middle School students. 
Presented by: Patty Muscatello, Ward’s Science


The Great Owl Pellet Mystery (10:00-11:30 a.m.)

An emerging disease has been identified in the owl community. You will work as a forensic zoologist to determine where this disease originated by dissecting owl pellets from different regions.  Take home some creative ways to use these versatile owl pellets in any grade level.
Presented by: Michelle Pagani, Ward’s Science


Gateway to Grants (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Teachers say they need grant-writing skills. Join us and unlock the gateway to grant skills using a tried and true set of keys that will open doors to increase your resources and funding. Take-aways include materials, websites, worksheets, and practice that will fuel your optimism and prepare you to win!
Presented by: Dr. Rusti Berent, Ward’s Science


Career Connected Classroom® Forensic Facial Reconstruction (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)  
Ward’s Science + KIMSeattle introduce Forensic Facial Reconstruction, a contemporary curriculum kit that includes full scale models, professional grade supplies and ready to teach materials. This authentic laboratory experience is scenario-based to hook the student’s imagination and intersects science, art & history. Perfect for upper middle through high school, including AP Bio.
Presented by: Joanie Block & Lael McAuliffe, KIMSeattle


Be Amazed by Ward’s Phenomena Kits (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.)
Use discrepant events to inspire curiosity in your students!  Learn to incorporate Phenomena in your NGSS lessons.  Your Middle School students will be “wowed” into learning the science behind the mystery!  Join us for some hands-on Phenomena activities.
Presented by: Vince Mancuso