The WSU courses on advanced physics and weather and meteorology are part of a series of in-service workshops offered through the state's Office of Education Science Endorsement Program, which is designed to help secondary educators broaden their knowledge, understanding and expertise. The classes also help teachers fulfill the education requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation.
Sharon Ohlhorst, Director for the Center of Science and Mathematics Education at WSU, said the workshops offer secondary instructors an opportunity to improve their knowledge. In some cases, it may help them earn endorsements to teach additional subjects.
The classes meet from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily and pack a lot of material into a short time. The teachers' school districts cover the tuition for the workshops. Ohlhorst said the professional development classes attract teachers from across the state.
Including the courses at WSU, more than a dozen science workshops are being offered around the state during June and July. Most are taught by science faculty from Utah universities.
Sharon Ohlhorst, director, Center of Science and Mathematics Education
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