Professional Development

ECM is an Illinois State-Approved Professional Development Provider and credit can be earned through our workshops.

Professional development workshops promote ECM's philopsophy of stimulating curiosity and cultivating learning at the age of wonder.  Educators will learn instructional strategies and reflective teaching practices that can easily be integrated into classroom curricula.  Come learn how to make learning come alive for your students!  Teachers have the option to attend our workshops at the museum or school leaders can book our workshops and bring the museum experience to their teachers at their own schools.

For information on program booking or registration contact Education Director, Dr. Abby Schwent at (618) 692-2094 or

Professional Development Outreach Programs

Workshop Fee Structure:

Outreach Presentations at your School:  $150.00 (choose from the programs below)

Program Length:  2 Hours (teachers will recieve 2 PDUs upon program completion)

Making Connections through Cross-Curricular Learning

Pre-K through 6th Grade Teachers

Help make learning more meaningful for your students in this hands-on workshop designed to help you integrate subjects and design units that get students consistently using higher level thinking skills while meeting state standards.

Opening the Magical World of Science for Students

Pre-K through 6th Grade Teachers

Bang, Pop, Whiz!  Explore the exciting world of science and learn how to engage your students in meaningful STEM learning!

The Moral of the Story:  Teaching through Storytelling

Pre-K-2nd Grade Teachers

Using favorite children’s books as inspiration, ECM educators will teach you strategies for incorporating hands-on activities to make reading and writing come alive for young learners.

ECM Hosted Workshops - Click on the date links to register & pay! 

Professional Development Days 
March 11 & November 18
Come out to the museum for a day of learning. Sign up for the half or full day options of our credit earning Professional Development! Spend the day exploring topics and take home resources to use in your classroom! 

MORNING: 8:00-11:30 AM 
Opening the Magical World of Science for Students - 4 PDUs 
Cost: $35 museum members/$40 non-members 

AFTERNOON: 12:30-4:00 PM 
The Moral of the Story: Teaching through Storytelling - 4 PDUs 
Cost: $35 museum members/$40 non-members 

Both: $65 museum members/$70 non-members 
*lunch provided for those staying for both workshops 

Experiential Learning Snack & Learn Sessions 
Join us for mini professional development workshops on experiential learning. Learn how to bring meaningful experiences into your classroom! Come after school, enjoy light appetizers and take home resources! 
Earn 1 PDU. 
Cost: $10 museum members/$15 non-members 

Each mini workshop has a different theme, join us for one or all of them! 
4:30-5:30 PM 
February 5: Nature 
April 2: Social Emotional Learning 
October 1: Art for Early Learners 
December 3: Incorporating Service Learning