Professional Development


The Professional Development Workgroup (PD) seeks to bridge the interface between PD providers and STEM teachers, so that providers can best serve the needs of teachers and teachers have an abundance of opportunities to grow in their profession. 

Empowering STEM educators to impact students


Sridevi Somireddy 

Teacher & Math Lead, TLA/SBTL

 Maustbaum High School

Bonnie Hallam 

Program Coordinator

Philadelphia Regional Institute for STEM Educators (PRISE) 


Teacher training, or “professional development” as it’s known in the field, rarely provides educators enough support and space to try out the new ideas or techniques they learn. A recent report showed that 80 percent of professional development courses did not meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidelines for excellence. Yet classroom teachers are in a position to have some of the biggest and most lasting impacts on students.


The Professional Development (PD) Workgroup convenes STEM professional development providers to assist them in aligning their offerings with the needs of teachers and the School District of Philadelphia with the goal of developing more engaging, effective and equitable instruction for all children.  It aims provide PD that is future focused and to ensure safe, welcoming classrooms to foster STEM learning for all