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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

  • 17 Sep 2021 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the upcoming 3-D Thursdays for Rural Educators on Thursday, Oct 7th at 7pm CT to learn how to enhance your role as a STEM educator and leader through paid fellowship opportunities at Federal agencies!

    This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

    Access registration HERE!

    Also, we are pleased to share our past episodes with you from our updated NASA Community Page. Feel free to watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information!

  • 12 Sep 2021 7:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    STEM Week Challenge: Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA

    How can you empower your students to see themselves in STEM by putting their skills to the test to solve real-world problems that can occur due to extreme weather events? Engage your students in a unique experience that integrates science concepts and the engineering design process in an exciting way! Join the Wade Institute for Science Education, Salem Sound Coastwatch, and Lloyd Center for the Environment from October 18-22, 2021 for the STEM Week Challenge: Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, Massachusetts.
    What’s the Challenge? Imagine that a category 6 hurricane has hit Storm City, MA. The city has been flooded by 14 inches of rain and faces several problems that MUST be solved by your engineering team! You must find a way to evacuate people to safety and move floodwaters out of homes and businesses that are without electricity using an innovative design or an alternative source of energy. Students will be challenged to: 1) build a transport vessel that will move 25 people and remain afloat for five minutes and; 2) build a water movement system using gravity or alternative sources of energy to move water 2 km away from homes and businesses.

    Teachers, your students won’t have all the fun! Experience Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA from the student perspective during an inquiry-based, interactive pre-challenge professional development workshop. Learn how the phenomena-based challenge will allow you to use grade-level appropriate science and technology concepts that address Massachusetts curriculum standards and incorporate engineering concepts with physical and earth science disciplinary core ideas.
    Pre-Challenge Teacher Workshop
    Hosted by: Wade Institute for Science Education; Salem Sound Coastwatch; Lloyd Center for the Environment
    Option 1: Saturday, September 18th (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET)
    Option 2: Tuesday, September 28th and Wednesday, September 29th (3:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET)
    Location: Virtual Session(s)
    Cost: FREE
    Support: All registered teachers will receive a curriculum guide and support from the three sponsoring organizations. Massachusetts teachers who participate in the pre-challenge teacher workshop will also receive a kit of materials for the challenge.
    The Massachusetts STEM Week is sponsored by the Executive Office of Education and the MA STEM Advisory Council. The STEM Week Challenge is funded by a grant from the MA STEM Advisory Council. Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA is designed for middle school students but is easily adaptable for upper elementary or high school students. It can take place in your classroom or in remote learning settings. During the week of October 25th, students will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual challenge showcase to share their innovative solutions to real-world problems.
    Register for just the Challenge, or for both the Pre-Challenge Teacher Workshop and the Challenge. Sign up at or email for more information. 
  • 12 Sep 2021 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PeBLES2 - a project of MMSA and BSCS - aims to design and investigatelocally adaptable three-dimensional instructional materialsand professional learning for elementary science. We work with teachers, scientists, and researchers to co-design locally adaptable units of instruction and professional learning to dig deeply into the science sensemaking and localization process. PeBLES2 teachers will be able to confidently “choose-their-own adventure”, making small or big tweaks to unit instructional bases to root science sensemaking into their “place”. 

    We are looking for fourth-grade teachers who are willing to help shape the design and development of a new, 4th grade, unit of study as members of our Teacher Steering Committee.


    September 15, 2021 - June 30, 2022


    We are looking for teachers who have…

    1. Experience with science teaching in the upper elementary grades.

    2. Expertise in teaching science, engineering, place-based learning, exceptional learners, emergent multilingual learners, ELA/math integration, and/or the NGSS. 

    3. Interest in and/or experience with NGSS curriculum design

    4. Are located in an Eastern Time Zone locale

    5. Availability to meet for an initial design conference (~2 days in September or October, substitute costs will be covered)

    6. Availability to devote ~4-6 hours per month to the design portion of the project (September, 2021 - January, 2022 - with the most intensive months anticipated in November, December, and January)

    7. Ability to teach science approximately 3 hours per week from March - June.

    Expectations (Design Phase):

    1. Attend a 2 day unit design conference

    2. Attend meetings approximately 1x per month

    3. Provide reviews of key unit documents and lessons. 

    4. Draft specific teacher guidance for lesson plans or unit documents related to the teacher’s area of expertise.

    5. Draft mock-up examples of localizations and/or activities to share as part of the materials.  

    6. Pilot or test lessons or parts of lessons with students and provide feedback

    Expectations (Pilot Phase):

    1. Implement an approximately 6-8 week science unit of study designed for fourth grade. Note: duration of the unit will depend on how much time is allotted to science instruction weekly. Ideally, teachers would budget approximately 3 hours a week for science instruction.

    2. Meet weekly (1 hour) with PeBLES2 curriculum developers, researchers and other pilot teachers to share feedback on the materials and examples of student work.  

    3. Commit to approximately 4 hours per month of asynchronous work (including but not limited to keeping an instructional log, filling out surveys, giving feedback on design, etc.).

    Tentative timeline and expectations for pilot teacher participation


    Example Activities with Approximate Timing

    Pre unit implementation, February 2022

    Online pre-survey (20-30 min)

    During unit implementation, February - June 2022

    Activities in class

    Unit pilot (~6 weeks)

    Classroom observations (in person or videoconference)

    Activities after school

    1x per week meeting during unit pilot (1 hour per week)

    Exit tickets (15 min per week)

    Online mid-survey (20-30 min)

    Post unit implementation,  June 2022

    Online post-survey (20-30 min)

    Post-unit implementation interview (in-person, phone, or video conference)


    1. Opportunity to help shape groundbreaking curricular materials through a co-design process.

    2. Ongoing professional development around NGSS implementation and curricular design.

    3. Growing a national network of teachers and researchers.

    4. Keep all pilot unit materials and resources.


    1. TEACHER STEERING COMMITTEE: $3500 stipend

    Please complete this Application for Steering Committee consideration and submit any questions to: Kate Cook, PeBLES2 PI,

  • 31 Aug 2021 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking to participate in Mass STEM Week programming?

    Educators, join us virtually on Wednesday, September 8 from 4:30pm-6:00pm to hear about opportunities from MetroWest institutions/organizations and hosts of state-sponsored Design Challenges!

    Register now to join us on September 8!

    Presenters Confirmed for September 8's Meeting:

    BoSTEM and United Way

    Teachers will support their students in local data collection and synthesis to build a social justice message and project around equity in the city of Boston.

    Kids in Tech

    Students can visualize AI, understand how these systems affect the way our world works, and appreciate the potential they have to change the future.

    Engineering for Resilience: Exploring Threats to the New England Grid by Gale Force Education

    Students will design, test, and improve power grid system components and a model power grid system.

    Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, Massachusetts by the Wade Institute for Science Education

    Students can learn about storms and their impact and incorporate engineering concepts with physical and earth science disciplinary core ideas.

    MassBay Community College

    Workshops for improving communication skills; opportunities to learn about MassBay's STEM programs, personnel, and resources; and career panels with STEM professionals.

  • 31 Aug 2021 8:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2021) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2022 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world.

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

    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 several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2022 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis.

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

    COVID-19 Info and Curricular Innovation

  • 4 Aug 2021 6:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the AceraEI Life Sciences Change Agent Teachers (LSCAT) team and Medford High School for a FREE five-day professional development workshop series based on NGSS-aligned curricula. Participating teachers and department leaders will learn about new and relevant technologies, how scientists conduct lab research and work iteratively, and how to translate these innovations into labs and lessons plans that offer inspiration and a sense of purpose to students.

    Sessions will include hands-on lab experiences and access to pilot-tested curricula in gene editing (using CRISPR technology), microbiomics, photosynthesis, and climate change. Learn more and register online at

  • 30 Jun 2021 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Meteorological Society (AMS), headquartered in Boston, runs classes related to weather, climate and oceans. Details about the DataStreme Programs can be found at this website:

    These online classes are rich in content, along with one or two opportunities for online participation. There may also be a chance for one face to face meeting toward the end of the class in November. There will also be another class in the Spring of 2022.

  • 13 Jun 2021 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Educators! 

    Do you teach about Climate Issues? Would you enjoy learning more and spending time with like-minded educators? Check out the Summer Institute for Climate Education, a virtual conference for educators across the country. 

    Quick Details 

    • Dates: July 28-30, 2021 (Registration deadline, July 19) 

    • Cost: $250 – Scholarships are available! 

    • Theme for 2021: A Regrounding in Truth 

    • New this Year: Mass Audubon Educators lead the Northeast Regional Cohort 


    Hosted by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Program Office and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, this three-day training will provide educators with skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas. 

    New this year is a regional cohort model, introduced to create an innovative, collaborative, and solutions-focused virtual conference. Each cohort leader’s organization will lead mini-workshops focusing on climate change impacts, solutions, and relationships across their specific regions. Participants will learn, converse, and collaborate with other educators in their region for day two of the event. When you register for the conference, you are automatically enrolled in the appropriate cohort, based on your registration. Each cohort leader’s organization will lead workshops focusing on climate change impacts, solutions, and relationships across their specific regions. 

    The Northeast regional cohort will be led by Mass Audubon Climate Education staff: 

    • Nia Keith – Statewide Climate Change Education Manager 

    • Brittany Gutermuth – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Climate Education Coordinator 

    Registration for the 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education costs $250 and includes ongoing support throughout the year. To make the online conference inclusive and accessible to all teachers, we welcome Scholarship Applications. Scholarship priority is given to People of Color and teachers in underserved districts. The conference counts towards 20 hours of Continuing Education and may be used towards two graduate credits (optional). The deadline for registration is July 19, 2021. 

    Designed for teachers across all disciplines, the Summer Institute will encourage participants to do authentic scientific investigations, explore their personal and cultural connections to climate change, and make observations of the world around them. Attendees will explore solutions to climate change, learn how to engage students in action and teach the intersections of climate change and racial justice. 

    “Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities,” said Lindsey Kirkland, Climate Change Education Manager of Climate Generation. “A virtual Institute allows us to bridge the divide between the different spaces where people learn about and act on climate change. We will bring together climate scientists, social justice experts, Indigenous knowledge holders, frontline community members, and educators from across the nation to create justice-based climate change education centered on community solutions. 




    About Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy 

    Established in 2006 by polar explorer Will Steger, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is a nationally connected and trusted nonprofit that builds climate literacy and action with tangible results in terms of awareness, direct engagement and public policy wins. Climate Generation empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change with a vision of a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions. For more information, visit, follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, and view stories about our work on YouTube. 


    About Mass Audubon 

    Established in 1896 by Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, Mass Audubons mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Through our guiding strategies of conservation, education, and advocacy, we are able to make meaningful impacts every year. Mass Audubon is one of the largest statewide providers of environmental education programming for youth, families, and adults. Our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums serve as the base for our work in education and community outreach. Our education programs take place at our sites as well as in communities across the Commonwealth in partnership with schools, classrooms, and community-based organizations. 


  • 29 Apr 2021 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Announcing our 2021 Summer Professional Development Institutes!

    Explore hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge during our virtual 2021 Summer Professional Development Institutes! Connect with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals through live discussions and virtual site visits. Work with educators at our partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through hands-on, minds-on investigations. Explore how to use these investigations with your students both in the classroom and remotely. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits. Receive a toolkit containing materials to enable you to complete the inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on investigations introduced during the course. As an added bonus, you will be invited to participate in optional field sessions with our partners during the 2021-2022 school year. All courses include 5 virtual sessions plus 15 hours of online learning.


    Seasons and Cycles: How Weather Affects Us and How We Affect the Weather

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions June 21st – 25th

    Partners: Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, The Ecotarium, GLOBE Mission Earth (Boston University)


    My Soda Bottle Ended Up Where? Exploring Plastic Problems and Solutions

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 19th – 23rd 

    Partners: Beyond Benign, Salem Sound Coastwatch, wTe Corporation


    How Does Your Dinner Grow? Exploring Connections Between Food Production and Sustainability

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th & 16th 

    Partners: Shelburne Farms, Massachusetts Farm to School


    Landscapes on the Move: Investigating Geologic Formations and Processes 

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th 

    Partners: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown, Cape Cod Learning Tours


    Institutes provide an opportunity for you to increase your skills using phenomena-based inquiry investigations in the classroom and in synchronous and asynchronous remote settings. Learn more about each institute and register online at

  • 21 Mar 2021 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Join us Thursday, April 1st at 7pm CT for a workshop with NASA partners Growing Beyond Earth and GLOBE Observer to learn how to use NASA technologies and practices in experiential learning environments. Educators can partner with Growing Beyond Earth to access plant growing equipment that mimics environmental conditions aboard the International Space Station to expand food options for spaceflight and evaluate multiple edible plants that meet NASA’s criteria. Educators will also learn how to participate in the GLOBE Community Trees Challenge to celebrate Earth Day 2021!
    • This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.
    • Access registration HERE.

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