Developing and Understanding Models

Time and Date: 4 PM - 6PM CT, 4th Monday Oct 28, Nov 25, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 23, Apr 27

Location: Online. Requires up to date browser (Chrome, Firefox) A tech check required before class. Not suitable for phones.

Grades: We will be focusing on Grade 4-8 but teachers from all grade levels are invited to participate.

Cost: Free! (Credit extra)

Credit: 1 (pending)


Sponsor: 319 Information and Education Project, SD Space Grant Consortium

South Dakota's science standards call for students to be able to develop and use models. Our monthly 2 hour PD delivered via an in person, interactive hangout will give you an overview of the different ways to develop and use models using our most popular curricula: GLOBE, GEMS, Project WET and more! Learn multiple ways to integrate modeling into your teaching. Get informed! Get inspired! All from the comfort of your classroom or home.

We meet the 4th Monday of the month, October through April except for December in an interactive, online meeting space. Chrome or Firefox browser required as is a recent version of Windows 10 or MacOS. We'll do a tech check before class to make sure you can connect.

During our session you will have time to review your standards and start planning on how to integrate developing and using models into your instruction. Teaching an activity using models with a short reflection is required for credit.

The class is free. Credit (pending) will have a fee.

TALES Fellowship

Time: January - March 2020

Location: Online and remote

Grade: All grade levels, all content areas are invited to apply

Fee:Class is free! Credit extra.

Credit: 1 (pending)

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Sponsor: South Dakota Community Foundation

The TALES Project is an initiative to empower all educators to use teaching artifacts they developed from their lived experiences as stories in their teaching. Educators are invited to apply to be a TALES Fellow.  As a Fellow you will:

  • Participate in an online gathering in early 2020 about storytelling with teaching artifacts from lived experiences. 

  • Contribute a reflection about your process for creating a teaching artifact from a lived experience.

  • Provide an exemplar lesson plan.

  • Make a plan for their next lived experience that will generate a story that can be told with a teaching artifact.

  • Receive a $100 stipend.

Learn more at


The South Dakota Discovery Center is a training partner for GLOBE. GLOBE is an international science and education project sponsored by NASA and NOAA dedicated to earth systems monitoring and research. GLOBE trained educators in South Dakota are eligible for mini-grants to purchase classroom supplies to support implementation. Become a GLOBE trained educator through online e-training or at an in person professional development opportunity.


The South Dakota Discovery Center will provide contact hour certificates if you participate in and reflect up a webinar from NASA, GLOBE, or CLEAN. 

Please visit our mini-site for more information.

National Geographic Educator Certification
The South Dakota Discover Center supports South Dakota educators pursuing their National Geographic Educator Certification.  Contact Anne for more information.


The SD Discovery Center offers professional development to formal and non-formal educators in science using proven, high quality, inquiry resources.

We offer:

  • Accredited Hybrid and in person workshops throughout the year in GLOBE, GEMS, the Leopold Education Project and Project WET that include Phase One training of the National Geographic Educator Certification. We can offer these learning opportunities at minimal cost to participants thanks to partnerships with the Space Grant Consortium and the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Many of these opportunities offer a stipend. Educators who are trained in GLOBE are eligible for implementation stipends as well as mini-grants to purchase supplies.
  • Mentoring and coaching for your science staff. Our specialty is empowering elementary and middle school educators to be confident STEM educators. Contact Kristie for more information.


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Thank you to the 
Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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