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Professional Development

Staff teams from 13 ASTC-member museums graph flower attributes at a March 2003 Mathematics Momentum in Science Centers institute.

Participants graph flower attributes in a workshop about informal math education.
Photo by Hilary Troester More

ASTC provides professional development opportunities for people who work in science centers and other institutions of informal learning.

Network with colleagues, expand your knowledge base, and identify resources you can use in your work by starting or joining a Community of Practice (CoP). CoPs are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

ASTC CoPs - Communities of practice provide informal science education professionals the infrastructure they need to meet the field's challenges from the ground up. ASTC provides COPs with resources and support for connecting with colleagues, convening meetings, and organizing workshops, among other activities.

ASTC RAPs - short intensive workshops hosted by science centers and museums

Learn without leaving home and get in-depth experience through Web-based workshops and tutorials, plus ASTC's online discussion list:

ASTC Connect - online workshops and self-paced tutorials for science center professionals

ASTC Webinars - archived recordings of professional development presentations

ASTC General Forum - a discussion list with over 2,000 subscribers worldwide


Explore additional opportunities and plan your career with these professional development tools:

Noyce Leadership Fellows 2013 - executive education for leaders of science centers and children's museums who are early in their careers as chief executives

ASTC Job Bank - classified job ads for the science center field

Youth Program Networks - links to regional networks providing professional development for youth program staff

Science Center Networks - links to associations and networks of science centers worldwide

Related Organizations - other nonprofit educational organizations that offer professional development opportunities

Partner with ASTC to ensure maximum visibility for your project:

Dissemination Partnerships - Learn how ASTC can work with you to spread the work about your grant-funded projects


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