Professional Development

Zula’s professional development offerings for educators provide guidelines, interactive exploration, modeling, and hands-on investigation supporting STEM and an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. We have both on-site and webinar options for professional development training.

Trainings support state and national standards and authentic student progress assessment. Sessions position teaching and learning as individualized, cross-curricular, and multi-sensory experiences for children based on diverse learning styles and abilities – including special needs. They model a deeply collaborative relationship between students and educators, and between educators and families.

Zula’s expert Professional Development Team will work with you to develop a customized training that is tailored to meet your needs. All trainings provide strategies to boost educator’s attitudes and teaching skills as well as boost concept understanding and academic achievement for all students. Zula provides ongoing support for the continued success of both educators and students.

Training Topics

  • Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning the 5 E’s (foundational science process and underpinnings)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Earth, Life, and/or Physical Science Activities
  • Integrated Approach to STEM and Language Arts
  • Child-Centered, Constructivist Approach to Learning
  • Alignment with Standards and Frameworks
  • Authentic Assessment

Training Goals

  • Understand how to incorporate an inquiry-based foundation to teaching and learning
  • Understand how to incorporate Zula STEM modules or activities easily and seamlessly withexisting curriculum/teaching practices
  • Become motivated and empowered to act as guides and facilitators – using an open-ended, child-directed approach to teaching
  • Understand how to extend STEM and language arts from the classroom to the home, neighborhood, and community environments
  • Understand how to incorporate media literacy and 21st century thinking skills
  • Learn effective use of evaluation tools to assess children’s ongoing concept understanding, through traditional, performance-based, and portfolio-based assessments