The professional development opportunities listed below are only a few of the opportunities that we receive. Opportunities can also be found in our CSTA newsletter and the monthly Science Matters.
CSTA Event: Creating a Community of Engaged Learners
We've missed you! Engage in some leaf peeping on your way to Coventry High School. Enjoy breakfast, snacks, trees, wetlands and conversation with your colleagues. Come Saturday, October 15th for the morning sessions, the afternoon short courses or bring a lunch and stay for both.
Embed opportunities for sense-making, feedback and collaboration
Elevate your weather, climate change and sustainability lessons
Empower your students with Environmental Literacy
Explore outdoor learning opportunities
Engage students with place-based phenomenaEngage in sustainability and climate change with materials from CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection, Dinosaur State Park, and eesmarts. Explore fostering a "figuring out together" classroom community of learners through routines and protocols for productive discourse, formative assessment and critique, Engage students with engineering problems, cutting edge simulations, and place-based geologic and environmental phenomena.
Link to Program of Sessions and Short Courses
Link to registration for [participants], [presenters] and [exhibitors]
School Year 2021-2022
All high school science teachers are encouraged to apply, particularly if from a district with underrepresented populations in STEM.
National Council of Geographic Education Camps
NCGE- Geo Camp Amazon - Explore the Amazon for nine magical days. A place where the endless wonder of nature and the endearing quality of the local people will capture your heart, engage your imagination and change you. Space is limited, so apply today! July 18 - July 27 Explore Iquitos, Peru and the Loreto Region of the Amazon. Cost $2900
NCGE - Geo Camp Iceland - Explore Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments for nine magical days. Space is limited, so apply today! June 28 - July 8 Up to twenty-five (25) U.S. K-12 educators or higher education faculty who teach any of the social studies, earth or environmental sciences, or any subject where the applicant can make an explicit connection to the National Geography Standards within his/her course curriculum. Cost $3900 not including airfare.
Monthly Intellectual Property Workshops for K-12 Educators
The Office of Education at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosts a monthly virtual professional development workshop for K-12 educators interested in integrating intellectual property (IP), innovation, and invention activities into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. Educators will learn about different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Sessions are held on the last Tuesday of each month. January’s workshop will feature a fireside chat with Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching (PAEMST) recipient Doug Scott and Acting Director of the USPTO Drew Hirshfeld. Learn more here.
Computer Science can ENHANCE Learning of all Subject Areas.
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is holding a summit on Saturday, February 12th (11am-4pm ET) to show how it can be accomplished in your school. At the virtual CS Across the Curriculum Summit, teachers will explore ways to integrate computer science into all subjects and grade levels.
The summit is tailored for teachers who teach any subject in grades K-12 or are already a computer science teacher, with pathways in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, Social Studies/History and Visual/Performing Arts, and other subjects. The summit is $30 for non-members and CSTA Basic members, $10 for CSTA+ members. Scholarships are available for CSTA members.
Find out more and register at CS Across the Curriculum Summit.
Find out more about CSTA at CSteachers.org.
Advancing Racial Equity in Science - Webinar being presented by NSTA Districts I, II and VI. Lenora Crabtree, PhD and Katy Gash are the guest speakers. November 11 at 7 pm. If interested request Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Virtual Recycling Workshop & Curriculum - Join JASON Learning for an overview of how to use the freely available Recycling Curriculum with Grades K-12
When: October 18th, 4:00-5:30pm ET
The Trade Association Representing the Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON are excited to share their free recycling curriculum resources - collections are grade banded K-4; 5-8; & 9-12. Learn more about how to access the curriculum and explore the hands-on activities. In this collection, students explore the benefits and challenges of sustainable recycling through a variety of activities ranging from physics and chemistry to engineering and human impacts, while becoming informed citizens and careful consumers. During the workshop, educators will have opportunities to share ideas around implementation.
Register now for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series to enhance your knowledge and teaching about climate and energy education!
“Introduction to CLEAN” presented by Katie Boyd
Monday October 11 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT
Link to register and more details
“Teaching about Climate and Energy with CLEAN” presented by Karin Kirk
Tuesday October 19 @ 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT / 3:00pm PT
Link to register and more details
“It’s Us: Humans as Agents of Change within Earth’s Climate System” presented by Karin Kirk
Tuesday October 28 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT
Link to register and more details
“The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN” presented by Jessica Bean
Wednesday November 3 @ 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT / 3:00pm PT
Link to register and more details
“Teaching Climate Consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and Inspire, Don’t Despair” presented by Karin Kirk
Tuesday November 9 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT
Link to register and more details
“Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom” presented by Alicia Christensen, Tiffany Boyd, and Rae Han Thursday November 18 @ 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT / 3:00pm PT
Link to register and more details
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CTEEA & SUBMARINE FORCE MUSEUM PRESENTS A SEAPERCH BUILD WORKSHOP
Wednesday October 20, 2021
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting.
In this workshop each teacher will be led through a SEAPERCH submersible build, , and hear from other local teachers that have integrated SEAPERCH into their classroom curricula.
Locations: Classroom, Submarine Force Museum, 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT. Times: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
Facilitated build of a SeaPerch ROV led by Greg Kane
Cost: $20 per Teacher – Includes SeaPerch build kit ($180 value). Lunch to be provided.
Registration and Payment:
Interested teachers can register HERE
Lunch to be provided.
The Submarine Force Museum is providing use of their classroom space for facilitation of this workshop.
Connecticut Technology Engineering Education Association
Calendar of Events for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Many public family events at our state parks and museums. Online webinars of interest to science teachers are also scheduled.
School Year 2020-2021
Science Fridays Educator Phenomena Forum - July 21-22 - Four different one-hour sessions. Free but register in advance
Explore science at the Hamden Public Library as we partner with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to offer science programming via Zoom. Participants benefit from the latest findings regarding local geology, evolutionary biology, and climate change. The first Zoom program is East Rock, West Rock, and the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction, Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 to 7:30. The presenter is Sophie Westacott. Learn how some 200 million years ago, an extremely productive bout of volcanic eruptions spewed tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, along with a lot of lava. The lava cooled to form East Rock, West Rock, and many other rocks, together known as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. The greenhouse gases caused tremendous global warming, an example from Earth history that we can learn from today.
Sophie Westacott will explore this tale of ancient climate change and mass extinction, told in part through familiar places around New Haven. Sophie is a PhD candidate at Yale University in the Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences. This program is presented by the Hamden Public Library in cooperation with the Yale Peabody Museum Speakers Bureau.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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Joint Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) and Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association (COEEA) March 15-16 General registration $30 , sponsorships available.
The 16th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) and Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association (COEEA) Joint Annual Conference is a multidisciplinary conference bringing together individuals working with natural resource and environmental management and education in Connecticut to share research, information, and ideas.
The main program on March 15th will comprise engaging plenary and keynote speakers, concurrent talks, and an interactive virtual poster session. A bonus workshop by the keynote speaker will be held the subsequent day and is included in your registration fee.
This year’s conference theme is Creating a More Equitable and Inclusive Environmental Sector. The sentiment “many resources, one environment” reflects the conference vision that, while many of us focus our efforts on conservation of natural resources, Connecticut has but one environment, and we all benefit professionally and personally by collaborating and learning together.
Our aim is to promote information exchange and a sense of community among professionals who are committed to the care and education of Connecticut’s natural resources and environmental education. We hope you will come enjoy a blend of dynamic sessions as we share about and recognize the achievements of dedicated conservation and environmental education individuals and groups.
The conference is for all those working in natural resources and environmental education across many sectors, including state and federal government, academia, non-governmental organizations, nature centers, schools, and the engaged public who interface within these sectors.
CS4CT Summit - Friday, October 2
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance Computer Science education. Register by October 1 - $81.20
Hosted by CT-CSTA, ReadyCT and Sacred Heart University.
The 2020 CIPWG Symposium will be ONLINE October 7th
ONLINE: What’s the Same and What’s Different?
The day has the same general components as previous Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposia:
– Continuing Education Credits — “CEUs” for many groups; and Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits (reciprocal for New England states).
– Program begins a kick-off of general interest sessions followed by Concurrent Breakout sessions.
Differences with the online webcast format include:
– You don’t have to drive through rush-hour traffic.
– You don’t have to try to clone yourself to see all the talks of the concurrent breakout sessions because (NEW!) the webcast broadcast on October 7 will be recorded and paid attendees will be able to go online following the symposium and view sessions that they missed or wish to see again.
– The talks will have closed captioning (you can turn down the webcast volume in your home or office and read the text of the talks as they are aired).
REGISTER or get more information about the PROGRAM; CEUs; and a list of our CO-SPONSORS Regular registration - $65, student registration $25
More information, visit https://cipwg.uconn.edu/2020-symposium/
Questions, contact Rose.Hiskes@ct.gov or Victoria.Wallace@uconn.edu (860) 885-2826
Currently celebrating 25 years as an education reform initiative, Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications now through early 2021 for graduate courses and master's degrees that offer extraordinary experiences through zoos and botanical gardens in the United States and in 15 countries throughout the world. http://ProjectDragonfly.MiamiOH.edu
Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu; http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu
Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2021 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided through Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu
Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.
ANNOUNCING U.S. Office of Naval Research Grant for High School STEM Teachers Six Day Workshop Series: Virtual Learning Resources for NGSS High School Questions? Email Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org. Application Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020, Dec. 14, 2020 and March 15, 2021 for all high school science/STEM content teachers -Two teachers per school Stipends! Attend six sessions: $200. Complete surveys and student assessments: $200 Application Deadline is September 21, 2020
New Jersey Science Convention Virtual 2020
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty about when social restrictions might end, the New Jersey Science Convention (NJSC) is going virtual for 2020. NJSC has always valued the participation of professional educators and the contribution of exhibitors and sponsors to the success of the convention.
October 17 & 18, November 14 & 15, January 9 & 10, February 6 & 7
All presentations will begin with a short introductory video that includes an acknowledgement of all our sponsors and exhibitors. Presentations will be limited to one hour and will include a short introductory video, the live presentation, a Q&A period, and a brief poll at the end. All presentations will be recorded and stored in our video archives. Teachers and Administrators who register will be able to attend all live presentations and view all archived presentations.
Professional Educator Attendees pay only $19 for the entire NJSC Virtual 2020
What registered professional educators get for $19:
An opportunity to:
1. Attend live presentations on the dates listed above. Presentations will be scheduled for one hour each at 11:30, 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 PM. Just like our regular in-person convention, some may be scheduled simultaneously; however, all presentations will be recorded and stored in our Archive Video Showcase.
2. Access archived presentations via a secure password on the NJSC website.
How to attend NJSC Virtual 2020:
1. Register for $19
2. You will be sent a confirming email which will act as your receipt (Save this email).
3. About five days before the weekend of October 17, you will receive an email with any changes in the schedule for October 17 and 18 and links to the Zoom registration for the presentations you want to attend. You will be asked for your name and email address. Please use the same information that you used to register for the Convention. You will then receive an email from Zoom that provides you with the information you will need to enter the presentation at the time it is scheduled. Save that email so that you don’t lose the session ID and password or link. Sign into the session about 15 minutes before the time the session is to begin.
4. This process will be repeated in November, January, and February.
Earth@Home is your free online toolkit for learning about Earth and its 4.5-billion-year history.
Paleontological Research Institution has developed a free new online learning platform designed to help anyone in the United States learn about the Earth where they live. Earth@Home™ is rich with interactive content about Earth and its life, with a focus on geology, paleontology, climate, and the connections of Earth’s different systems. The major components of this new online platform include regionally-based guides to Earth science, an online, open-access Earth science textbook, and virtual fieldwork experiences that will bring Earth science to the online classroom. The open-access Earth science textbook and virtual fieldwork experiences, which are accessible to all learners, will also help educators create robust Earth science lesson plans and offer free learning resources for their students to utilize.
August 22-23 and August 29-30
This is a free virtual conference that entails a series of research presentations from professional guest speakers, educational panels, insightful events discussing careers in neuroscience, networking opportunities, interactive workshops on neuroscience connections, trivia games, a neuroscience “movie night,” and many more! Simply Neuroscience is a student-led fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) organisation that strives to expand interdisciplinary neuroscience education, outreach, and awareness. Over the past year, Simply Neuroscience has expanded exponentially with over 275 members from 12 different countries and significantly expanding our reach with 500,000+ impressions through our global audience.
Teaching the Latest Research on Long Island Sound Climate Science to Your Students - Aug 18
What is the impact of sea-level rise on Long Island Sound’s coastal marshes? How can wetlands help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and nutrients discharging into the Sound? If you think your students would want to know the answers, a webinar scheduled this August might be for you. It is being led by Dr. Beth Lawrence, a University of Connecticut wetland and plant ecologist, and Kimberly “Ly” Williams, a Smithtown High School teacher in Long Island who collaborated with Lawrence to create a teaching module based on Lawrence’s research.
The Long Island Sound Study, through its partners New York Sea Grant and NEIWPCC, is sponsoring the professional development webinar.
In the webinar, Lawrence will discuss her research team’s findings and their management implications. Williams will provide teachers with an overview of the module, which features five days of interactive activities for grades 9-12 designed to be easily modified and delivered to different skill levels and audiences. The module can be found at: https://climate.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/126/2020/01/Salt-marsh_Climate-change_module_final.pdf
· Date: August 18, 2020
· Time: 10 AM - 11 AM
· Registration: REGISTER HERE to receive the link.
Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits will be offered free of charge through Mercy College. For more information or questions, please contact Jimena Perez-Viscasillas at email@example.com.
Join CSTA for the Fall 2020 Webinar Week: Socially Distanced Science!!!
From August 17 - 20, we will present 2 live sessions a day featuring different topics to support distanced teaching and learning.
Click here to learn more about each Session.
Click here to Register.
The East Bay Educational Collaborative announces two Office of Naval Research grants available for teams of two high school STEM teachers starting this August. Both grants include information for teachers to use online resources that can be taught virtually, in person or as a hybrid. The first grant is for A Natural Approach to Chemistry curriculum, worth $20K and the second is for a series of online STEM resources (JASON learning, Scoutlier and Lab-Aids), worth $10K. Links to the online applications are here for the chemistry curriculum and here for the STEM resources. Please visit www.ebecri.org for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case Study. "Last Spring during distance learning, Scoutlier improved the rates with which students attempted new assignments and submitted correct responses. Teacher time was reduced and Scoutlier enabled efficient credit recovery for previously assigned work."
New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) Virtual conference - Aug 10-12 - Program
The 2020 NEACT Summer Conference will be held August 10-12, 2020.
For the first time ever, this event will happen online. At this time, you must be a NEACT member to register online. Please create or update your user account at the NEACT website before registering for the conference.
Registraton to this summer's virtual conference includes keynote addresses, workshops, break-out small group sessions, informal "coffee house" and "happy hour" meetings, networking events, vendor programs, raffles, and Google Drive conference file share.
Online registration is strongly encouraged. If you are paying with a school purchase order, please contact Kathy Siok directly. A print version of the registration form is available under the "2020 Conference Info" tab.
School Year 2019-2020
More information for NGSS Assessment workshop
Free! Register at bitly/CTConvosKillingly
Code Haven’s annual conference TeachTech will be held on January 25, 2020 at Yale University!
TeachTech is a free conference that aims to help middle school teachers incorporate computer science into their curriculum. Many teachers are interested in teaching CS in their classes, but lack the CS knowledge or resources to do so. At TeachTech, we bring together teachers, administrators, and other educators from New Haven and the surrounding area and equip them with CS curriculum resources, talks from diverse CS education leaders, and learnings from our own experiences teaching CS to middle schoolers.
A bit more about us, Code Haven is a Yale student-run organization that focuses on increasing access to computer science among middle school students. We currently teach introductory computer science in seven classrooms across New Haven. With limited resources, Code Haven is limited in the number of classrooms we can reach in a given year. TeachTeach is a way of extending our impact and reaching teachers in schools we don’t have the capacity to teach at.
TeachTech 2020 is January 25th on Yale’s Campus. The event is 100% free and also includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out our interest form and we will follow up with more details and tickets as the event approaches
If you are interested in speaking at the event or know someone who would be, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Workshops Dates for Connecticut Coming Up
JASON for Elementary Workshop (Grades 3-5) – New offering! (3 locations to choose from)
October 22, 2019 – CT Science Center, Hartford (8:30am-3:30pm)
December 5, 2019 - LEARN, Old lyme (8:30am-3:30pm)
February 26, 2020 – Eastconn, Hampton (9am-3:30pm)
World of Waves Workshop (Grades 4, 6-8)
Save the Date - November 19, 2019 – Sacred Heart University, Fairfield (8:30am-3:30pm). Registration coming soon.
Climate Workshop (Grades 6-8)
November 12, 2019 – Eastconn, Hampton, CT (9am-3:30pm)
Live Events - JASON’s live events are free and open to the public. Participants may submit questions for our STEM role model guests before and during each live event.
JASON Learning Live Event with Edweb.net: Shifting Landscapes: Studying the Impacts of Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Dr. Lynn Sweet will discuss her career path and her research studying shifts in vegetation due to climate change in Joshua Tree National Park.
Election Day Science Professional Development at Mystic Seaport Museum's Treworgy Planetarium!
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9 am - 3 pm
Mystic Seaport Museum invites science teachers of all grade levels to join us for a special day of professional development on November 5, 2019. This full-day event will be hosted by the Museum’s Treworgy Planetarium, and will feature a series of workshops about creating hands-on, immersive lessons for Earth and Space Science units that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Keynote speaker Dr. Philip Sadler, F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in the Department of Astronomy and Director, Science Education Department at Harvard University will speak on "Students' Scientific Misconceptions: What They Are, Where They Come From, and What To Do About Them." As the state-wide adoption of NGSS continues, formal and informal science educators are challenged to re-imagine the process by which students learn science. Critical thinking, problem solving, and charting one’s own course from problem to solution are all crucial components of NGSS. At this special Election Day event, Mystic Seaport Museum will share some of the programs and activities that we offer to accomplish the goals of NGSS, and will empower attending teachers to create their own hands-on experiences for their students. A $25 registration fee includes the workshops and keynote address as well as lunch. Register today!
National Geographic Educator Certification
National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists and changemakers.
During and after the certification process you are given access to mentors and master teachers from across the country. You will become familiar with the National Geographic Learning Framework and the many resources that National Geographic can provide. Certification can be done completely online. Upon completing the nationally recognized certification your administrators will be notified and you will be presented with many PD opportunities and early access to new National Geographic programs. It is an incredible networking group.
The next cohort will be forming this winter. Register to be notified!Southern Connecticut State University is very pleased to announce the launch of our Drone Academy program! This five-part program will provide you with the skills needed for
Southern offers the only program in our region where participants can learn all of this information in one comprehensive package. Best of all - you do not need to own a drone to participate in this program! Program begins September 14
Register today as space is limited - SCSU Drone Academy.