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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

  • 26 May 2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
    Time: 7:30PM
    Age Recommendation: Ages 12+
    Location: FSU Planetarium and O’Connor Lot

    Do Earth-like planets exist elsewhere in the universe? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos. The full-dome planetarium film will be followed by stargazing outside with telescopes!

    Click here for more info

  • 26 May 2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
    Monday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 19  11:00 am-7:00 pm
    Friday, July 22  9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Virtual / Online

    Join us for a three-day conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas. This energizing experience will connect you to an engaged and authentic community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.

    During the first two virtual days, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program, educators can select from concurrent workshops led by climate leaders on an array of topics. During the third day, participants will attend a virtual cohort workshop with other educators from across the Northeast region, facilitated and hosted by Mass Audubon. Educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking.

    Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.


    Register >

  • 26 May 2022 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nature School for Teachers: Schoolyard Habits
    Tuesday, July 19 - Friday, July 22  9:00 am-3:30 pm
    Thursday, November 3  4:00-6:00 pm
    In-person at Mass Audubon Headquarters
    208 South Great Road, Lincoln MA 01773

    Nature School for Teachers is an opportunity for K-8 teachers to immerse themselves in science by exploring their local habitat, and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts Science Frameworks. 

    Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods through hands-on exploration of local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations that they can bring back to their classrooms. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will model effective ways to teach in an outdoor environment, facilitate deep discussions, and offer content-rich presentations and helpful resources to support student learning in nature. Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a field journal and, as a final project, will create a field experience and study tools to be used by their students, reporting back on the experience in November. 

    Registration is open until July 15.

    $350 for TEC Members
    $390 for non-TEC Members

    Register here-

  • 27 Apr 2022 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FREE Multi-District Professional Development Series

    August 15-19, 2022 | 9:00AM to 3:00PM | Medford High School

    Register online at

    Science teachers nationwide are challenged to engage all learners in inquiry-based approaches. Join AceraEI’s Life Science Change Agent Teacher program this summer for a week of complimentary sessions focused on a) integrating hands-on labs to support student understanding of “doing science” and b) transitioning to storyline curricula to foster conceptual understanding of NGSS’s core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science practices. 

    This FREE five-day professional development series is targeted towards 9th grade biology and middle school science teachers. Teachers have the option to attend part of the week; a minimum of two days is recommended. Teachers are eligible to earn 10-35 professional development points for Science and Technology/Engineering.


    Monday, August 15: The Human Microbiome, Part 1

    Focus on students authentically planning and carrying out investigations and analyzing and interpreting data. Learn how to tie emergent science on microbiomics to natural selection and body systems, using students’ own skin microbiomes as sources of evidence! Boost your skills in microbiology techniques and how to facilitate these novel lab activities in your classroom.

    Tuesday, August 16: The Secret Life of Plants

    Develop students’ efficacy developing and using models. Learn two low-cost labs - the floating leaf disc and light reactions experiment - to aid student understanding of photosynthesis. Stretch students to design solutions to climate change.

    Wednesday, August 17: What Should We Eat?

    Fine tune your approaches to asking questions to drive studentinquiry. Support students in engaging in argumentfrom evidence using curated data sources. Practice a macromolecule identification lab that is truly inquiry-driven, along with a yeast lab to drive home concepts of cellular respiration. In this workshop, teachers will collaborate with our team of curriculum writers to unpack how best practices in anti-racist education have been applied and how we drafted this storyline curriculum.

    Thursday, August 18: Curriculum Workshop, Part 1

    By Thursday, you’ll have learned about three pilot-tested AceraEI curricular units, including five implementable labs. Today, you’ll identify a unit in your own curriculum that could use a boost. Perhaps the storyline curriculum you piloted last year could use more hands-on labs for your Honors students. Perhaps you want to extend our What Should We Eat? unit on biochemistry and nutrition to link to metabolic disease. Maybe the narrative arc of a unit needs clarification or more coherence. Our facilitators - and your peers! - will support groups in this collaborative process.

    Friday, August 19: The Human Microbiome, Part 2 & Curriculum Workshop, Part 2

    Expand your toolkit to support students’ close reading of scientific texts. Record results on colony morphologies and interpret your microbiome data. Continue developing your curriculum boost - so that you are prepared for the 2022-2023 school year!

    For more information on upcoming opportunities, please email


  • 27 Apr 2022 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider

    The Wade Institute for Science Education is an OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider! Through our interactive professional learning:

    •  explore Phenomena Based Learning and the Anchoring Phenomena Routine
    • align your OpenSciEd units to the Massachusetts Scope and Sequence of Units Recommendation

    • receive both science and pedagogical support provided by Wade Institute for Science Education’s Education Specialists and our science partners

    • effectively launch OpenSciEd at your school or in your district

    • support both teachers and administration in the identification and implementation of OpenSciEd aligned formative and summative assessment

    • dive deep into individual OpenSciEd units

     Contact the Wade Institute to arrange professional learning for your school to prepare for an OpenSciEd launch or to deep dive into the units. Learn more at

  • 27 Apr 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes

    Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners for a unique, graduate level course that will engage you in hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge! Connect with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals, and work with educators at our collaborating partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through standards-aligned, hands-on, minds-on investigations that you can bring back to your classroom. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits. 

    For Grades 3-8 Educators


    Rivers to Range: Exploring the Geology of the Pioneer Valley

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022

    Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, investigate the traces that animals can leave in sediment, learn how rivers can shape a landscape in geological time, participate in inquiry-based investigations and discover how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.



    Investigating Watersheds: From the Mountains to the River Basin

    Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2022
    What affects water quality in rivers that flow through your community? How do scientists measure watershed health? Visit local rivers and the lands that surround them to explore a variety of methods for investigating a watershed. Put science and engineering design practices to work as you participate in citizen science projects that you can use with your students to protect watersheds in your area.


    For Grades 6-12 Educators



    Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Natural World

    Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2022
    When designing and constructing our built environment it is imperative to consider the impact on the natural environment. Examine how buildings and landscapes work together and how nature inspires us to create. Delve into the concepts of green design and biomimicry. Explore the features of a LEED certified building and design elements that support nature, such as solar fields, rain gardens, and pollinator gardens. Use your new knowledge to design a public green space within an urban environment.



    Utilizing Your Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022

    Learn how to integrate field research and data collection into your science curriculum.Experience multiple entry points for hands-on, place-based science and participate in collaborative projects with professional scientists. Explore wetland, estuary, marine, and forest habitats and participate in authentic data collection. Consider how this data can tell us stories about these living laboratories and the plants and animals that dwell there.


    All institutes offer 40 PDPs and optional graduate credit for an additional fee. Institutes cost $475 per participant with discounts for teacher teams. Registration is now open! Learn more at

  • 25 Apr 2022 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring Meet-Up on Advancing Racial Equity in Science

    On Thursday, April 28th between 7-8 PM Eastern NSTA Districts I, II, and VI will host a virtual meet-up to continue our conversations and work focused on advancing racial equity in all science classrooms. The event has been organized by Helene Adams, District II Director (NH. ME. VT).

    Two speakers, Susan Meabh Kelly, and Ariel Serkin will share their equity work (bios attached). A fifteen minute idea/resource/question exchange will follow each short talk. Please consider joining us for this one hour event!  

    Request ZOOM link via email:

  • 12 Apr 2022 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Re-Imagining Practice in STEM Learning Spaces

    A collaborative PD experience to infuse fresh ideas into your school’s STEM program!

    STEM Learning Design is looking to engage with a small set of schools with STEM educators interested in exploring how learning spaces enable or limit innovative practices. Understanding how learning spaces influence instruction has the potential to change future school and classroom design to promote student-centered STEM learning.

    We are proposing a new group that will collaborate around this theme during SY22-23. There will be no cost to participate, but also no funding to support participation. Logistics are not yet defined; details will be worked out to meet the needs of participants. We are first looking to determine potential interest!

    Please let us know by June 1, 2022, if this is of interest to your school! For more information, visit:

  • 5 Apr 2022 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like to know how to use ocean examples in your classroom?  

    Do you want to know how to teach the MA STE standards using ocean concepts in addition to terrestrial?

    Join us at the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) 46th Annual Meeting and Conference in Woods Hole


    April 30, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



    Theme: Ocean and Coastal Data



    Key note speakers:

    Dr. Sheri White, Sr. Engineer, WHOI
    The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): Collecting Long-Term Coastal and Global Time Series Data

    Dr. Mark Borrelli, Coastal Geologist, Center for Coastal Studies and UMASS Boston
    Mapping Storm Tide Pathways: Coastal Storms, Sea Level Rise and Emergency Response



    The MME conference features workshops for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. You'll receive tips, activities, data sets, and more resources you can use in your classroom. 

    But the conference is not just for classroom teachers! MME welcomes informal educators as well. MME is “casting our net” far and wide for new members and conference attendees and we want you!


    Early Bird, Regular and Student registrations include the 2022-2023 MME membership and all conference activities. Check the website for workshops.

    Early Bird: $90 (by April 15)
    Regular: $95 after April 15
    Full-time Student: $45 early bird, $50 reg., $55 walk-in
    Walk-in: $100 (lunch not guaranteed)


    Check out the conference agenda
    on the MME website.



    Hosted by WHOI and Woods Hole Sea Grant.

    QuestionsContact Grace Simpkins,

  • 4 Apr 2022 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Changing Climate: Secondary School STEM Teacher Training Workshop 

    August 8 – 12, 2022

    At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Geosciences

    Past Climate Informs New England’s Future: Bring climate science into your classroom through the use of hands-on climate proxies, such as lake sediments and tree rings.

    The sophisticated models that predict future climate change in our greenhouse world are tested and improved through their ability to reproduce what climate change has occurred in the past. This week-long training workshop for secondary school teachers will focus on lake sediment and tree ring analyses and how they document New England’s environmental and climate history. You will learn about some of the latest climate science and how to bring climate science into your classroom through the use of hands-on activities, some of which will be developed during the workshop. This workshop will focus on how climate archives such as lake sediments (mud), microfossil composition and tree rings are recorders of climate and environmental change and how knowledge of past climates can help inform our understanding of present and future climates. Teaching activities developed during this workshop will increase student appreciation for concepts of “paleoclimatology,” the cause and rhythm of climate change, and how the recent geologic record of climate change is unique.

    DATES: August 8 – 12, 2022 (5 days, Monday through Friday; mainly 9-5)

    LOCATION: The workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) in the Department of Geological Sciences with some field excursions to lakes in the area.


    We will provide week-long training for secondary school science teachers to gain hands-on field and laboratory experience, as well as insights into the latest developments in climate and environmental research.  We will develop and test classroom modules aimed at environmental systems at both local and global scales. The lessons will also address core elements of the MA Department of Education science standards. Participants will leave the workshop with numerous classroom activities that are ready to go and that can be adapted to suit a variety of grade levels.

    The image shows a close up of a student's hands; the student is using a toothpick to collect a small sediment sample from a sediment core.A student takes a sample from a sediment coreImage depicts a tree trunk. In front of the tree, the image shows the hands to two people, who are using a borer to collect a small wood core from the tree.Students collecting a tree core.image shows close up of a sheet of paper and a student's hand; the student is completing an assignemnt of making a core descriptionA student makes observations and fills out a sediment core description worksheet.


     This workshop will consist of a mixture of the following:

    • Lectures to provide background information on climate science and inform participants of latest developments.
    • Field activities including collecting samples from lakes and trees.
    • Laboratory analyses to demonstrate how these archives are used to inform about climate or environmental change.
    • Development of simple analytical procedures for the classroom that includes the use of spreadsheets and graphs.
    • Working as a group to think creatively and develop teaching modules from these experiences.


    Participants will work collaboratively to produce classroom-ready hands-on experiments and activities using real materials and data. These activities, including all supporting material (worksheets, presentations, answer keys, etc) will be made on the UMass Amherst Geosciences Department website and will be contributed to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers “On the Cutting Edge” classroom materials online collection and the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).


    Tom Johnson:

    Tom Johnson is a Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst.  Trained as a geological oceanographer, his research focus migrated from the deep sea to the great lakes of the world, using oceanographic techniques to map the geology underlying the lake basins and to recover and analyze sediment cores for past climate change.

    Isla Castañeda:

    Isla Castañeda is an associate professor with a joint position between the Department of Geosciences and Commonwealth Honors College. Her main research focus is on understanding past climate and environmental change though using ancient lipids from plants and microbes that are preserved in lake and ocean sediments. She teaches introductory honors courses including Oceanography and The Earth at UMass.

    Mark Goldner:

    Mark Goldner teaches middle school science at the Heath School in Brookline, MA, and he has also taught high school physics, biology and chemistry. Mark has participated in several polar research experiences at both poles, most recently in 2021 with UMASS professor Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette studying glaciers in Svalbard, Norway. He has taught workshops and classes for science teachers and is the co-author of the 2017 book “The Stories of Science”



    Thank to support from the National Science Foundation, all participants will receive:  

    •    Stipend of $75 per day

    •   Reimbursement for mileage & a UMass parking pass

    •    Tree ring borer kit and other supplies and materials for hands-on classroom activities

    •    New ideas for teaching climate and environmental systems via lakes and trees

    •    Connections to UMass faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students, who are available for classroom visits or remote interactions (e.g. Zoom conversations with your class) during the academic year



    We offer this workshop as an optional 3-credit professional development course through University Without Walls (UWW) at UMass Amherst at cost, for those who are interested.  After participant selections are made, instructions will be given how to enroll.  The course is listed as GeoSci-591LC “Lakes in a Changing Climate”.



    As educators we are happy to make ourselves available this coming school year for in person or virtual visits to your classrooms to discuss the exercises and career options and opportunities in the Earth and environmental sciences.



    To apply, please fill out this Google Form by May 1, 2022. Because travel funds are limited, preference will be given to teachers within 100 miles of Amherst (MA). Workshop enrollment is currently limited to 10 teachers. Notifications of workshop acceptance will be sent out in mid-May.

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