Professional Learning at the Flying Classroom has three focused areas, lead explorer expeditions, building understanding in STEM and Flying Classroom, and providing in-school coaching.

Professional Development Series or Pathway

The curriculum and professional learning staff at the Flying Classroom work collaboratively with each school/school district to create a professional development series, or pathway, for lead explorers to engage in throughout the duration of their Flying Classroom instruction. Each topic and session is uniquely designed based on the needs of the lead explorers related to their current knowledge about STEM, project based learning, classroom management during student collaboration, science content and managing a learner centric environment.

Personal Learning Series 1 Day Sessions

  • Flying Classroom Implementation: Introduction and Quarterly Success Checks
  • STEM+: Successful Integrative Teaching and Learning
  • Enriching Student Experience with Project Based Learning
  • Successfully Implementing the Engineering Design Process
  • Managing the Learner-centric Environment
  • Monitoring Student Achievement in the STEM/PBL Classroom
  • Assessing Student Outcomes in the STEM/PBL Classroom
  • Deep Dive into Science & Math Standards: Standards Unpacked
  • Lead Explorer Created Vertical Alignment and Pacing for Flying Classroom & STEM Processes

Project Based Learning Institute (5 Day Learning Institute)

  • Establishing a community of STEM experts is essential for effective implementation of STEM and STEM processes embedded within Flying Classroom. To support the establishment of a cadre of STEM experts a STEM learning institute can be with Flying Classroom Lead Explorers. As part of the institute Flying Classroom Lead Explorers will dive into STEM through a hands-on and interactive 5-day workshop. Topics discussed include correlating standards to STEM, establishing and monitoring a collaborative learning environment, determining student success using rubrics in the STEM classroom, why STEM and why now, understanding the engineering design process and leading students to success using the engineering design process.

Lead Explorer Expedition

Lead explorers will engage in a unique STEM expedition that correlates to the content of the Flying Classroom but also aims to increase teacher engagement and understanding related to the STEM field. Each expedition is uniquely designed and introduces industry partners to lead explorers through experiential professional learning. expedition. The Flying Classroom has conducted Lead Explorer Expeditions on the following example topics:

  • Coastal Exploration
  • Everglades Slog
  • Caving in North Georgia Mountains
  • Surgery on Tiger at Omaha Zoo
  • Dumpster Diving
  • 3D Printing
  • Shark Tagging

Lead Explorer Tailored Professional Learning Session (in-school coaching)

In order to support Flying Classroom implementation, Lead Explorers (teachers) are provided with one-to-one in-school coaching and support. The in-school coaching focuses on the successful implementation of Flying Classroom expeditions by providing modeled lessons, vertical alignment sessions or a deep dive into understanding the curriculum. Each in-school coaching session is developed with an assigned Flying Classroom Implementation Manager and Lead Explorer. The discussion points and topic for the in-school coaching session are focused on needs derived from usage reports or communicated by the Lead Explorer. Each session is 3 hours.