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Professional development resources available from the NISE Network

Posted on November 9, 2016 - 4:30 PM CST

Tags: Informal | SMD E/PO Community | Best Practices / Lessons Learned | Exhibits | Community Posts | Cross-Forum / Collaborative Project | Informal Working Group

Below are links to a variety of professional development materials created by the NISE Network over the past eleven years.  The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. All of the resources described below are available for free download on

These professional development resources are designed specifically for educators, and include tools and guides on engaging the public in current science, training materials for specific products, and ways to enhance collaborations. Here are just a few examples that we thought might be helpful to share.


Developing activities and program



Developing a small-footprint exhibition


Evaluation capacity-building 


Examples of evaluation and research studies:

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