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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

  • 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 climategen.org, 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 https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12

  • 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.

  • 21 Mar 2021 9:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BioBus and Harvard Medical School present Disease Detectives, a student-generated, standard-aligned curriculum that explores the interface between microscopy, neuroscience and medicine.

    Complete details can be found on the flyer.

  • 17 Feb 2021 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is no secret that both girls and rural students are underrepresented in the STEM pipeline. Rural girls experience unique barriers with their intersecting identities and experiences, and may benefit from mentors and strategies that aim to support their navigation through STEM fields. 

    Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators at NASA Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia for a freestyle conversation and workshop with NASA’s Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm CT to gain effective mentor/educator strategies that enhance your ability to encourage and support rural girls in STEM. This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12 and any educator who wishes to support rural girls in their STEM journeysView the flyer from NASA’s webpage and gain access to registration HERE. We hope to see you all on March 4th!

  • 15 Feb 2021 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Advancing Science Research Teaching (ASRT) is an educational outreach program that aims to increase access, capacity & quality of programs, courses, and clubs clubs that provide science research opportunities for high school students.

    The program is designed to equip high school teachers with the tools activities to increase science research opportunities for their students. The program can be customized to help teachers that provide these research opportunities within a traditional STEM classroom setting and/or helping those with small, growing dedicated research programs/clubs.

    This program is being offered for free!

    Whether you run an established science research program/club or incorporate science research project opportunities into your science curriculum, you are eligible to apply for the summer session. Selection will be based on your:

    ·      Interest in growing your program;

    ·      Your readiness & capacity to deepen your program; and

    ·      Your administration’s support for creating science research/STEM opportunities for HS students.

    Questions? You can find FAQs at www.ASRTprogram.com or contact rstendahl@scifair.com. This will be held the week of August 30th somewhere in the greater Boston area or southeastern MA, TBD based on COVID protocols.

    If is of interest to you and/or your colleagues, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can accommodate you. If you are interested, but the week of the 30th doesn’t work, please let us know as there may be some flexibility in dates. We must know of your interest by March 1, ideally before. We have the opportunity to refine the content to meet specific interests/needs, so we can plan together to ensure it optimizes impact for your program.

    Please email Bekah Stendahl, MSEF Program Director, rstendahl@scifair.com, with any questions.

  • 15 Feb 2021 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earn professional development hours and graduate education credit with Population Education this fall!

    Population Education is excited to announce that registration is open for our Summer 2021 online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12! You will be able to network and collaborate with other educators on teaching strategies this fall as you gain deeper knowledge on important, nuanced topics. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with educators across the world. The course is asynchronous, which means teachers can work at their own leisure and pace while still abiding by the pre-set submission deadlines. There are weekly discussion boards, journals, and a final project, all built to provide participants with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own educational setting.

    • The 4-week fall semester runs from July 6 - August 6, 2021. 
    • Choose to earn three (3) graduate education (ED) or science education (SCED) credits from Adams State University and/ or 45 professional development clock hours (4.5 CEUs) for completing the full four weeks.
    • The cost is $80.00 for CEUs only or $245.00 for CEUs plus graduate credit.
    • The class will be capped at 30 participants, so don’t wait to sign up!

    For more information and to register, visit PopED's website!

  • 21 Jan 2021 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators at NASA Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia for a freestyle conversation and workshop with the NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) to learn how to use NASA technologies and practices in authentic, experiential learning STEM environments. Members can partner with the NASA AREN Project to access kite-based “AEROKATS” and remote-controlled aquatic and land-based “ROVERS” that collect remotely sensed Earth observations that students can graph and analyze! Through this program, educators gain the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and learn real-life protocols and field operations conducted by NASA! This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12. Gain access to registration HERE.

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Date: January 27, 2021

    Time: 4pm-5pm EST

    Title: Top Notch Tech: Teacher Tips that Elevate Student Engagement

    Description: As tech adoption went into overdrive this year, we struggled with learning the new tools and better serving our students in the virtual classroom. What learning from the virtual space can we carry with us when we return to school? Join us to talk through how technology can serve educational content without becoming the content. We will hear from education technology experts, share tips and tricks and interact with some of our favorite new platforms. 

    Register herehttps://citizenschools.tfaforms.net/326556 

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Date: January 21,2021

    Time:  12p- 1pm ET

    Title: Foundations for Experiential Learning

    Description: The first in a four-part series titled Meaningful Student Engagement through Hands-on Learning and Mentorship, we’ll discuss why experiential learning is so important and how it drives student development and growth. Citizen Schools will share examples of experiential learning projects, including maker-centered learning, and discuss how to infuse hands-on learning in educators’ practice. While the series will have practical applications for multiple grade levels, our primary focus will be on 5th - 8th grade educators.

    To register, please visit Pathfinders Online Institute.

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