How Does Your Dinner Grow? Exploring Connections Between Food Production and Sustainability

Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, July 16, 2021 - 1:30am
Location: Online

A Remote Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

Virtual sessions July 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 (8:30AM–1:30PM EST). Course includes five virtual sessions plus 15 hours of online learning.

Broaden student conceptions of who is involved in STEM careers with a behind-the-scenes look at the science, technology, and engineering involved in agriculture and other aspects of food production. Gather information about our ecosystem as it relates to food and evaluate interdependent relationships humans have with that system. Explore common and innovative practices for sustainable food production and follow the path of food from farm to table to waste stream.

During the Institute you will:

  • Participate in content and skill-based development sessions aimed at strengthening your students’ interest in and passion for STEM.
  • Visit (virtually) partner organization sites and engage in inquiry investigations or field work.
  • Explore (virtually) research and development labs at Massachusetts’s based STEM companies
  • Engage in multi-modal remote learning through synchronous group discussion with experts, scientists, and peers; asynchronous peer collaboration time; and individual, at-home investigations and activities.
  • Practice integrating science content with the Science and Engineering Practices to develop inquiry-based investigations that can be adapted for in-person, remote, or hybrid classrooms.
  • Discover resources from museums, science centers, and higher education institutes in your community that you can utilize throughout the year.
  • Enrich your teaching toolbox with science investigations that meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework and NGSS Standards.
  • Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) while you improve your confidence in teaching science, and even take an institute for graduate credit.

Cost: $475/participant; $425/person for two teachers from your school/district. $400/person for three or more teachers from your school/district.


PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:

  • 40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
  • 3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Cambridge College for $225.*
  • 3 graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs are available from Framingham State University for $225.*
  • *$75/credit

This program is offered in partnership with Massachusetts Farms to School and Wade Institute for Science Education.