Professional Development

We offer a variety of teacher workshops that can be customized to meet staff development needs and schedules of the participating organization. All workshops support National Education Standards and can be adapted for local curricula. Workshops include hands-on, interactive learning, content experts, and classroom-tested lessons. In-service and graduate credit can be arranged.

The participating organization is responsible for organizing and registering teachers. Minimum class size is 10; maximum enrollment per class is 25 teachers. Fees vary based on number of participants, topic, and length of training.

To discuss your staff development needs, call Educational Services at (202) 633-2540.

Douglas DC-3 in America by Air

Air Mail to Airlines: Changes in Air Transportation

Teachers of grades 3-5

Introduce your students to the changes in air transportation through lively classroom activities and stories that will bring the past to life while challenging students' mapping and sequencing skills. The workshop is designed as a companion to transportation units in the curriculum, but the lessons can also be used in preparation for hands-on activities during a Museum visit.

William J. Powell in 1917

Black Wings: African Americans in Aviation, 1920 to the Present

Teachers of grades 6-10

Explore the challenges and successes met by black aviators as they joined the growing field of aviation. Participants will analyze primary source materials, discuss issues and events of World War II with experts in the field, and sample classroom lessons that support National Standards in History and Language Arts.

Planum Boreum

Exploring the Planets

Teachers of grades 3-5 or 6-9

Find out the latest scientific discoveries from current research missions. Learn what the scientists know and how they conduct their research. Study the tools of planetary research, and analyze the images and data they provide.


Explore the Universe

Teachers of grades 5-8 or 9-12

Investigate how our view of the universe has changed over time and how the tools we use to study the universe have also change. Find out the latest research on overcoming student misconceptions related to cosmology and prepare them to comprehend our current understanding of the universe.

How Thing Fly Explainer Assists Visitors with Gyro Chair Interactive

How Things Fly: The Science of Flight

Teachers of grades 6-10

Experiment with hands-on, inquiry-based activities that address the National Science Education Standards on force, motion, and energy transfer. Discover how these concepts apply to flight. Participants will explore the interactive devices in the How Things Fly gallery, study aircraft in the Museum that illustrate the technology, and learn how to address these topics in the classroom.

1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Problem Solving with the Wright Brothers

Teachers of Grades 3-8

How did the Wright brothers apply their knowledge of bicycles and engineering to solve the challenge of flying? This workshop is designed to introduce the physics of flight through hands-on activities that illustrate how wings and propellers work, what true flight is, and the process of invention.

Impervious Surface Cover: Full Graph of DC and Baltimore

Reflections on Earth: Remote Sensing to Monitor the Environment

Teachers of Grades 9-12

Use remote sensing technology to study large-scale environmental features, such as volcanoes, dunes, and floods. Participants practice hands-on investigations modeled after scientific research conducted by the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, a research center located in the Museum. Participants receive field-tested lessons and resources for obtaining satellite images.

Education: Science in Pre-K Session

Science in Pre-K

Teachers of grades pre-K-2

Learn about age-appropriate ways to introduce physical science to young children using inquiry science methods. Explore physical science with hands-on activities that use simple, readily available materials and learn how to guide young children's inquiry into the amazing world around us. Choose between topics such as Water, Air, Light and Shadow, Astronomy, Gravity, and Building Structures or schedule a series of workshops and learn about all of the topics. Workshop is available in-person or through video-conference.
Learn More About Science in Pre-K

Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources

Teachers of Grades 4-12

Learn new ways to help your students understand the historical process by delving into primary source materials (documents, photographs, objects, and oral histories). Using sources from the vast collections of the Museum, explore various history topics of your choice. Possible topics include the Wright brothers and other innovators in flight, the impact of technology on society, space exploration, and more.