Professional Development

See below for STEM PD opportunities!

STEM Academies and Science Instruction for Diverse Learning Populations are available this Summer.


Using NGSS Science and Engineering Practices to Study Force and Motion:

Workshop for K-8 Teachers and Administrators – Summer 2018

Click here to register

STEM Academies – Summer 2018



“Science Instruction for Diverse Learning Populations” – Summer 2018



Syllabus for “Foundations of Science Leadership” – Spring 2018 Course





Dates Class Location, Time LUs/AUs MSDE CPDs
Wednesdays: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14 Foundation of Science Leadership for Elementary and Middle School Leaders Callaway Elementary, 5:00 – 8:00 PM 3 3


SABES Professional Development for School Leaders


Science Leadership Course Flyer – Foundations of Science Leadership for K-8 School Administrators. Click here to register.

SABES Professional Development for Classroom Teachers

All teachers who teach the SABES in-school curriculum are asked to attend Professional Development in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content. The material covered during the courses is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The sessions are taught by Baltimore City STEM Master Teachers and focus on content that is necessary for elementary teachers to understand in order to reveal and disarm students’ most common misconceptions about STEM.

Dates Class Location, Time AUs MSDE CPDs
Thursdays: 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, & 12/14

Inclement Weather Make-Up Date: 12/21

SABES Earth Space STEM Academy Gwynns Falls Elementary, 4:30 – 7:00 PM 3 3
Thursdays: 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, & 12/14

Inclement Weather Make-Up Date: 12/21

SABES Life Science STEM Academy Cross Country Elementary, 5:00 – 7:30 PM 3 3

Who Can Attend The Professional Development?

The SABES STEM Academies are highly recommended for the STEM teachers in the SABES and SABES expansion schools, but are open to all K-6 Baltimore City Public School educators.


Who Are the Master Teachers?

SABES Master Teachers are full time elementary teachers. Because of their individual interests in STEM teaching, they have taken Master Level STEM certificate courses at Johns Hopkins University or Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to teaching SABES courses, Master Teachers facilitated Baltimore City district level STEM Professional Development, wrote Elementary STEM curriculum, and mentored other teachers during STEM summer school. Their efforts are compensated by Achievement Units (AUs) – the Teacher Leadership compensation system developed and accepted by the Baltimore Teacher Union.


What Teacher Learning Looks Like In Class

All courses use the ‘indirect’ teaching method and focus on learning by discovery. During classes, teachers are exposed to hands -on explorations that help them construct new meaning and form their own understanding of the natural world. The explorations follow the 5E sequence, and allow teachers to debate and argue their ideas without lecture. Depending on the content taught, Johns Hopkins Science and Engineering Faculty assist with the class conversations helping teachers grasp the new material and interpret new ideas in a context that relates to their own experiences.


The Scope Of The Coursework

  1. Physical Science Academy (Download the Syllabus)
  2. Earth- Space Science Academy (Download the Syllabus)
  3. Life Science Academy (Download the Syllabus)
  4. Engineering and Technology Academy (Download the Draft Syllabus)


With any questions regarding these courses, please email Dr. Katya Denisova, SABES PI, at

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