Discover the many professional development opportunities we offer for educators! These programs will enrich the curriculum of any classroom by providing unique hands-on experiences for teachers and students on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology. Fill out our online professional development reservation form or call 304-561-3562 now to get more information on our exciting educator programs.


GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science)

GEMS is a whole language, multi-disciplinary approach to teaching math and science, which was developed by Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  Let us bring GEMS to you!

The Clay Center is proud to be a GEMS Center providing GEMS training and professional development opportunities for teachers of all grade levels. We can tailor a professional development session to fit your needs. Let us host a training session for you at the Clay Center or schedule one at your school. Call 304-561-3562 or fill out our online professional development reservation form.

Click here to learn more about the GEMS program and curriculum. 


Kennedy Center Partners in Education
The Clay Center and Kanawha County Schools have partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C. as part of the Partners in Education program. The primary purpose of our partnership is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. 

This program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects.  Check back soon for more information on opportunities in the arts for you and your students, and be sure to check out the latest listings for our School Performances.

Click here for more information on the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program.



emPowered Stories
Click here to learn more about this exciting new professional development and outreach program, focusing on storytelling through the use of technology.

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