Pitsco Professional Development Workshops

Scheduled Professional Development Workshops

Grades 3-5 STREAM Missions

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During this one-day seminar, professional development facilitators work with participants to review the Missions framework, define program elements, explain student and teacher roles, describe curriculum components, develop strategies for using the digital learning platform, and orient teachers to resources and organizational tools. A variety of instructional methodologies are used, including audiovisual tutorials, presentation, and discussion. Facilitators present and discuss management and organizational strategies and review the teacher portal and resources within the learning content management system.

Start Date End Date Location City, State
7/23/2024 7/23/2024 Lacey Academy
Little Rock, AR
8/02/2024 8/02/2024 Albuquerque School of Excellence
Albuquerque, NM

Grades 6-9 STEM Expeditions®

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During this two-day seminar, professional development facilitators work with participants to review the Expeditions framework, define program elements, explain student roles, describe curriculum components, develop strategies for using the digital learning platform, and orient teachers to resources and organizational tools. The second day focuses on the Microburst Learning EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which provides critical skills every student needs to be successful. A variety of instructional methodologies are used, including audiovisual tutorials, presentation, and discussion. Facilitators present and discuss management and organizational strategies and review the teacher portal and resources within the learning content management system.

Start Date End Date Location City, State
7/30/2024 7/30/2024 Metropolitan Career Technical Center--Cybersecurity Lab--106
Little Rock, AR
7/23/2024 7/23/2024 Lacey Academy
Little Rock, AR

TETRIX Robotics

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During this one-day seminar, professional development facilitators work with participants to introduce and review the history of the Pitsco Education TETRIX® robotics platform. This workshop is highly hands on with attendees diving right in, creating remote-controlled and programmable robots. Our facilitators share building tips and tricks and classroom management ideas and review the curriculum and resources available for setting your classroom up for success.

Start Date End Date Location City, State
6/20/2024 6/21/2024 MCD West Campus
Miami, FL

Drone Certification

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Pre-Payment for this event is required. If you haven’t paid, please reach out to your regional Educational Advisor. During this five-day professional development experience, you will prepare to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification test. You will also receive instruction on how the curriculum is organized as well as best practices for student classroom delivery. Covered topics relating to student instruction will include how to prepare students to take the FAA Part 107 certification to become licensed commercial drone pilots; how to instruct them on current government regulations related to drone operation; how drones are used for various commercial applications and drone operation for those applications; how weather impacts drone aviation; and how to read relevant maps, understand terrain features in those maps, and use aeronautical sectional charts to operate drones safely in the airspace.

Start Date End Date Location City, State
6/10/2024 6/14/2024 Vantage Career Center
Van Wert, OH
7/29/2024 8/02/2024 Vantage Career Center
Van Wert, OH

STREAM Basics

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This professional development begins with STREAM definitions, the steps of the engineering design process and the value of employability skills. Discussion topics include STREAM activity elements, the importance of hands-on learning, implementation tips and tricks, and strategies for successful STREAM learning facilitation.

Start Date End Date Location City, State
6/10/2024 6/10/2024 501 W. Main St.
Calipatria, CA
7/22/2024 7/22/2024 Lacey Academy
Little Rock, AR
5/29/2024 5/29/2024 Linwood YMCA/James B Nutter Sr. Community Center
Kansas City, MO

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For workshops in Pittsburg, KS, participants should fly into Kansas City, MO (2-1/2 hours away); Springfield, MO (2 hours away); or Tulsa, OK (2 hours away). Upon completion of the workshop, it is recommended that flight times depart no earlier than 7:30 a.m. from any of the above mentioned locations. REMINDER: You must be at least 25 years of age to rent a car.

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If you are attending a Pittsburg, KS professional development event and need to stay in a hotel, please see the list of available lodging options below. Each workshop participant is responsible for hotel payment at the time of reservation. Mention Pitsco when making your reservation and receive a discounted rate at select hotels. If you need assistance in booking a hotel room, please contact the Pitsco Travel Coordinator, Debra O’Doherty at 620-231-0000 ext 4325, or email her at dodoherty@pitsco.com. (Note: proper documentation is required for tax-exempt rates. You will need to present documentation at the hotel, upon arrival)

Lodging options are:

Holiday Inn Express

Comfort Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas Crossing Casino (Pitsco discount - $89/night)

La Quinta Inn & Suites