Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

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

Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Sea Grant is accepting applications for four Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers (LISMT) for the LISMT program in Connecticut. Pairs of teachers from each of the following grade level bands are encouraged to apply: K-8 and 9-12.

Each grade-level specific pair will work together to plan and execute a one day professional development session for their peers. Workshops will take place in Connecticut. There is funding for each pair to provide an outdoor component as part of the session. Each teacher will receive a stipend ($40.00/hour for 35 hours = $1,400 stipend per teacher).

LISMT positions are open to current Connecticut K-12 teachers.

The Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) program is sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and funded by the US EPA Long Island Sound Study. Program goals are to promote the use of Long Island Sound educational resources and to promote the interdisciplinary use of the Long Island Sound watershed and its resources in K-12 classrooms.

Ready to apply? Complete the application form and send to

July 11-13, 2018

SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators

Kennedy Space Center, FL  

Registration is now open for the first annual SPACE Conference, hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.  Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts, and NASA science and engineering experts.  Tour the Kennedy Space Center and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.  Keep your fingers crossed for a launch to be scheduled during the conference dates!  This conference is for K-12 certified educators who are teaching in U.S. schools.  Attendees must be U.S. citizens.  

Science Safety Workshops

The Connecticut Science Center is currently hosting the Science Safety Workshops that were previously held at Wesleyan. Dr. Ken Roy will be faciliatating the following workshops:

Safety in Next Generation Science Standards – March 6, 2018 9am – 12pm
                This workshop will help teachers learn how to incorporate safer activities into their NGSS-based curriculum experience in concert with mandated safety standards/regulations and better professional practices.

Science Lab Safety and Liability for Administrators – April 3, 2018 9am – 12pm
                This training program is designed for school administrators and supervisors of science teaches and paraprofessionals. It will focus on appropriate legal standards and professional best practices to help create a safer working environment in middle and high school academic science laboratories.

More information can be found here.

Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP)

The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering two five-day Summer Institutes for K-12 science teachers at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. Deepen your skills and understanding around Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation. 

Institute #1, June 25-29, 2018, focuses on energy and climate as core disciplinary ideas and is for teachers of any experience level.

Institute #2, August 6-10, 2018, is for experienced teachers who want to make their units three-dimensional and personalized. 

Scholarships available. Get more info and register

National Resource Conservation Academy

Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) extends the National Resource Conservation Academy (NRCA) experience to secondary science teachers. This 3-day professional development workshop immerses teachers in relevant regional water resource issues, and provides teachers with online mapping tools to encourage their students to study these issues further. Each teacher leaves with 10-15 lessons for a Water and Sustainability Science Unit aligned with specific Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations.  The workshop is located on the UCONN Storrs campus on August 13 - 15.  Participants receive a stipend. Application is due on May 1, 2018. 

Affordable NGSS Professional Development Workshops

CSTA is proud to partner with Peter McLaren to provide a series of NGSS professional development. 

McLaren was a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  He has also served on a number of committees including the National Academy of Engineering’s Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education committee, and the National Academy of Science’s Committee for Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (NRC, 2014) and was a contributor to the NRC publication Seeing Students Learn Science (NRC, 2017) 

Registration is now open! Space is limited to 100 participants. Don’t miss this opportunity to be trained by a writer of NGSS. 

All sessions will be held at the Academy of Science and Innovation, 600 Slater Road, New Britain 


Presenter: Peter McLaren - Next Gen Education, LLC

This full-day workshop will bring educators through a process where they will adapt a traditional lesson to support three-dimensional instruction.  Educators will bring along a lesson to which they are familiar and learn how to integrate science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.  Educators will use tools and templates designed to help facilitate the adaptation process. 

Saturday, May 5 from 9:00AM-3:00PM   Register now!

Connecticut Technology Engineering Education Association (CTEEA)

Annual Conference - Building Bridges within the Connecticut STEM Community and Beyond

November 7, 2017    

Portland Middle School, Portland, CT

If you are willing to share your knowledge and excitement with the rest of the community please click to fill out the form and register your workshop by October 1st!

CSTA members will get a reduced conference fee of $50!  

Check out their webpage for other STEM workshops

FREE NGSS Share Sessions

offered by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association

Modeling in Middle School: More than Just a Fashion Show

Target: Middle Level Teachers

Limit 25 Participants

October 12, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Road,  Glastonbury, CT

Modeling allows students to predict, test, and describe concepts and phenomena.  It allows for the manipulation of variables to show relationships within systems of both observable and unobservable occurrences. Students benefit from collaborative learning and gain a deeper understanding of content.

The workshop will look at modeling as both a science and an engineering practice; and demonstrate ways to incorporate aspects of the other seven practices into the lessons. Participants will engage in activities which provide a look at how modeling can be implemented in the classroom from both the teacher and student perspective. Time will be allotted for sharing and collaboration.

Refreshments will be provided

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Target: Elementary Level Teachers

Limit: 25 Participants

October 18, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT

Scientists and engineers investigate the world to describe it and explain how it works. This workshop will help teachers to develop lessons that are rich in investigative practice from both an experimental and engineering design perspective. Asking questions, identifying and controlling variables, collecting data and analyzing the data to construct explanations at an elementary level will be modeled. Participants will engage in activities that will allow them to experience the investigations from both a teacher and learner perspective. In addition, ways to incorporate the other seven science and engineering practices; and the integration of the crosscutting concepts will be discussed. Time will be allotted for sharing and collaboration.

Refreshments will be provided

Sound Resilience: Get on Board
Choose from One of the Following Dates: Thurs., Sept. 21; Sat., Sept. 23; Sun., Oct. 1; Sat., Oct. 14; Sat., Nov. 4; or Tues., Nov. 7

Climate science and how our communities can be better prepared for environmental threats related to a changing climate are the focus of this new collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These are also excellent topics for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in middle and high school. One-day “Sound Resilience” teacher workshops will introduce many valuable classroom resources and demonstrate how this new program will benefit your students.

Free to all middle- and high-school teachers. Teachers from schools in these communities receive a $50 stipend after attending: Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford. 

"Connecticut Science Teachers Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5, Middletown, CT 06457 Copyright 2016 

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