Years ago I set up after school field trips into local industries for science teachers. We toured a facility and then sat down for a Q and A with their scientists. The information allowed teachers to make relevant connections between curriculum and the 'real world." It was also invigorating to have scientists tell us how much they admire what we do! The problem was it took a lot of my time and effort. IF the county office could set these visits up and then offer a menu of field trips to teachers to attend on a district wide minimum day or PD day it would be great. For example, I took a group of summer school students to the Green Music Center to talk about the physics of the music hall. I learned so much!
In MN every October, there were 2 PD days for all teachers in which every discipline held their state educational conferences so that all teachers could attend.