For Educators

2015 Teacher Professional Development

5-Day Professional Development Sessions | 3 Graduate Credits

Professional Development sessions from COSI and Ohio Dominican University - Each day from 8:30-3:30. Interested persons should contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone 614.251.4725


Bridging the Gap to the Ohio CORE for Science grades 4-8
July 6-10, 2015
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for Life, Earth, & Physical Science in grades 4-8 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

Inquiry into Science, Literature and Math
July 13-17, 2015
Embed reading, writing, and math within your science lessons with children's literature that reinforces science concepts. You will review a number of science-related children's literature selections and media while participating in inquiry based, hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in your classroom.

For questions about program content, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614.228.2674 ext. 2357.


triad21 K-12 Professional Development Opportunity

triad21 (Teaching Real-World Interdisciplinary Applications to Develop 21st Century Skills) is a new, innovative professional learning opportunity for K-12 teachers from across central Ohio. Sponsored by COSI, in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio History Connection, educational experts from these three institutions will facilitate a yearlong series of three daylong symposia (on Saturdays) followed by six 3 ½ hour Community of Practice sessions monthly. triad21 is now recruiting teachers (all grades/all subjects) from across central Ohio. For more information, please call Robin Dungan, Manager of Education Services, at 614.228.2674 X. 2357 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for details.

Customizable Professional Development Workshops

COSI’s customizable professional development workshops provide your school’s teachers with real life teaching tools, and:

  • Showcase and model inquiry-based science
  • Assist teachers in being comfortable with teaching inquiry
  • Nurture a professional learning community
  • Provide professional networking opportunities

Each customizable COSI Professional Development Workshop includes:

  • Inquiry-based experiments
  • Exposure and discussion of current science education pedagogy
  • Coordination of activities to current Ohio Content Standards
  • Integration of multiple content areas
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues to create educational opportunities for students


  • Half-Day Workshop for 30 teachers: $750 (3 hours)
  • Full-Day Workshop for 30 teachers: $1,500 (7 hours)
  • Two-Full Day Workshops for 30 teachers: $3,000 (15 hours)

Financial Aid is Available. Please call Robin Dungan, Manager of Education Services, 614.228.2674 X. 2357 for details.

Workshop Topic Options:

  • Chemical and Physical Change in Cooking
  • Introduction into Inquiry
  • Earth and Space Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8
  • Introduction into Process Skills of Inquiry
  • Integrating Science, Literature, and Mathematics
  • Inquiry and Applications for Early Elementary
  • Inquiry into Astronomy
  • Inquiry into Climate Change
  • Inquiry into Electricity
  • Inquiry into Energy
  • Inquiry into Force and Motion
  • Inquiry into Water
  • Inquiry into Weather
  • Life Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8
  • Physical Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8

Co-Teaching With COSI

Inquiry-Based Science Teaching in Your Classroom with Your Students

Use your 21st Century Learning grant funds to bring structured, sound, professional development to your teachers. The Ohio Revised and the Next Generation standards promote inquiry-based science, but do your teachers know what that means? Many teachers who graduated from college 10+ years ago may have never witnessed a true inquiry-based science experience. How can they be expected to use this teaching method if they are unsure of how to implement it?

Co-Teaching is a personal, professional development experience for teachers that benefits both teachers and students. Co-Teaching pairs a teacher with a COSI Master Educator, who comes into his/her classroom to facilitate inquiry-based science lessons with his/her students. The experiences will be designed to lead students to explore their own questions about the science topic. Using inquiry starter lessons based on Ohio’s Academic Content Standards for Science, your students will develop questions to explore that will help them better understand the standard.

Honoring the teacher’s teaching-style, the COSI Master Educator will meet with the teacher to better understand their objectives for the lesson prior to the Co-Teaching experience. The COSI Master Educator will share several lesson options so both can mutually agree upon the lessons. The Master Educator will send several pre-visit lessons in advance of the co-teaching experience, including the lesson for the co-teaching experience, so the teacher can best prepare his/her students.

On the day, or days, of the co-teaching experience, the Master Educator will arrive prepared to facilitate the lesson, bringing all the necessary supplies. Working with the teacher, the Master Educator will lead the experience with the students, providing a standards-based inquiry experience focused on the selected topic. A non-traditional assessment and rubric will be provided if desired.

Following the lesson, the Master Educator will leave the teacher with additional lessons to continue the learning. In addition, the Master Educator will provide the teacher with a checklist to enable them to include elements of scientific inquiry in all science lessons.

Available Co-Teaching Topics:

  • Force and Motion: Airplanes (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift (Five Lessons, Guided inquiry Method)
  • Light and Shadow (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Electricity (Five Lessons, Guided Inquiry Method)
  • Chemical & Physical Change (Five Lessons, Guided Inquiry Method)
  • Weather (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Life Science: Biomes, Symbiosis, & Adaptations (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Erosion (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)

$1,500 per 5 lesson unit/per classroom. For more information about Co-Teaching With COSI, please contact Robin Dungan at 614.228.2674 x2357 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Financial Aid is Available. Please call Robin Dungan, Manager of Education Services, 614.228.2674 X. 2357 for details.

Early Childhood Professional Development

“Step Up to Quality” Approved Professional Development for Early Childhood is available from COSI. Available topics include:

  • An Introduction to Inquiry in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Integrating Science Process Skills in the Early Childhood Classroom

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. COSI’s Call Center or call 614.228.2674 for pricing and details.