Teacher Professional Development Workshop

July 10-15, 2016


The professional development workshop “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Education 2016” is structured as an active learning environment that will empower teachers to bring chemistry and engineering alive to students, offering compelling questions and the joy of discovery.

The workshop will be held at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology July 10-15, 2016.

REGISTER ONLINE If you have questions or need more information, please email Dr. Tsvetanka Filipova or contact her by phone: 605-390-0759 (cell).  


The workshop is open to science teachers in public or private schools in South Dakota. Registration for the workshop is open until May 1 or until filled. Space is limited, so we urge you to apply now.

Professional Development Objectives

  1. Provide knowledge of Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy to educators in an active learning environment using practices, crosscutting concepts, and Physical Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences; and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science Disciplinary Core Ideas.
  2. Train and increase educators’ capacity to effectively incorporate fundamental and safe Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy learning activities into their curricula.
  3. Implement learning activities to enable teaching of Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy concepts within a culturally appropriate framework relevant to Native American students and in accordance with Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards.
  4. Support teachers in development and integration of Students Learning Objectives (SLO).  

Teachers participating in the workshop will receive a $100-per-day stipend.  Lodging and meals will be provided to teachers during the workshop. Graduate credit from Black Hills State University towards Teaching Certification for the participants will be available at $80 for a 2-hour course.

This Professional Development program, sponsored by a No Child Left Behind grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents, is the first collaborative effort between SD Mines and Black Hills State University and is focused on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy.