Dr. Dorothea Panayotou

“As a Science Teacher and Educational Consultant, I am always looking for new tools that make it easier for teachers to provide effective and engaging lessons and learning environments for their students. Why Science accomplishes that, and it is easy to use. Within a 2- hour professional development session, a teacher will be able to use the Why Science platform to create and teach lessons. Teachers will have learned numerous ways to engage students – through interactive animated characters and a framework that facilitates students’ continual learning. It also saves teachers’ time and enables them to monitor students’ ongoing progress. If you want to raise the quality of online learning for your students, I highly recommend this workshop.”

- Dr. Dorothea Panayotou, Science Teacher and Educational Consultant.

Serkan Kabak

“Dr. Kielhorn is a highly qualified teacher and trainer. Her teacher training programs are very effective and useful for someone who is looking to transition into instructional design. I have worked with her in a teaching environment and have observed first hand her practical knowledge and expertise in successfully being able to set up and implement online learning modules for her students. She deeply values giving her students the best education they need by strictly adhering to common core and high educational standards. As an instructor, if you are looking to improve the quality of online learning for your own students, I highly recommend taking her professional development workshops.”

- Serkan Kabak, High School Science and Math Teacher

Karen Beitler

"I think the program [Why Science Modules] is excellent. I think the main thing is that students are working with students. “The most important thing about Why Science is the resources … Its just not one thing. For example there’s a library, page, a tools page. [The resources] prompts and guides and help students feel comfortable figuring out how to write a hypothesis for a proposed problem. With freshmen you have to breakdown every little detail. So it gives you many resources and it saves so much paper.”
Source: Business New Haven

- Karen Beitler, High School Science Teacher

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Finally, a platform built specifically for teachers and education leaders!
The effective professional development of teachers/instructors has never been more important than it is right now.  While traditional education’s future is uncertain, the incorporation of online learning is not. As a fellow CSTA and NSTA member, Dr. Kielhorn, Founder of Why Science and a CT certified science teacher, understands this challenge.

For the past eight years, the award-winning Why Science online learning platform, she created and developed, has been used to teach highly interactive science lessons online. It has been used successfully in school districts across the state of Connecticut and has proven to boost state science test scores while increasing student engagement.

The online platform is an incredibly powerful management tool for teachers and education leaders.  The platform allows educators to maintain control over their own content and control the pacing of engagement. The platform innately promotes interactions between learners, teachers and education leaders utilizing interactive online modules, which can be accessed 24/7 on any device.  All data is housed in a secure, closed loop network.

Our professional development philosophy is all learners are engaged when they learn by doing.  In our workshops, teachers and education leaders will have practical hands-on experiences that enhance the development knowledge of content and content-based teaching practice over time in increasingly sophisticated ways.

For information about our upcoming workshops with our higher education partners, please complete the form below.

Professional Development  Benefits

Learning by doing experiences completed in two hours or less.

Ensures quality of learning experiences for every participant is aligned with NGSS recommendations for professional development. 

Teacher training aligned with all components of the National Standards for Quality Online Courses (NSQOC)

Requires minimal administrator to implement.

Tools to be able to gain further, self-paced professional development.







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Benefits of Our Professional Development Workshop for Teachers and Education Leaders:

  • Knowledge and confidence for improving the quality of online learning of science for your learners.
  • Learning by doing experiences aligned with the National Science Education Standards for science teacher professional development.
  • Knowledge and confidence for creating engaging lessons that support the 3D learning with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned discrepant events.
  • Yearlong access to the workshop training modules and additional resources for self-paced learning.
  • Space is limited to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Certificate of Training Completion from Why Science and from our higher education partners.