Category Archives: Professional Development

Free Online STEM Course, starts Feb. 16, 2015

Office of STEM Education Partnerships
STEM Student Research Facilitation Course



The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University is offering a professional development opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers to develop or advance a program that facilitates their own students’ research.

Through a generous grant from Motorola Solutions, teachers participate in an 11-week course and learn about models and tools for implementing student research in their school district, advance planning efforts to facilitate student research opportunities, and share best practices with experienced area teachers and STEM leaders.
Please contact with any questions.


To register for the STEM Student Research workshops, please click here.


Course Specifics:

  • Duration: 11 weeks, beginning February 16, 2015
  • Format: First meeting in person or offered through Adobe Connect with remaining sessions online through Canvas
  • Location: Northwestern University (Evanston Campus) or online via Adobe Connect
  • Program is free; 45 CPDU credits available
  • Teachers are encouraged to come in teams

Course Facilitators:

  • Jacklyn Naughton, M.S., Science Teacher and STEM Student Research Consultant
  • Judith Scheppler, Ph.D., Coordinator of Student Inquiry and Research, Illinois Math and Science Academy

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About OSEP
The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) supports K-12 students and teachers by connecting them with the world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources of Northwestern University. Formed as a unique partnership between the School of Education and Social Policy and the Office of Research, OSEP brings expertise in curriculum, technology, and program design to create effective outreach and programs. Through new learning technologies, focused teacher professional development, and student programs, OSEP brings both time-tested and cutting-edge research from the university to the K-12 learning community.

Educator Opportunity to Work with NNOCCI on Climate Change


A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Fall 2014

For educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues.


Visit  or for more information and to apply.  

Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.


Contact for more information



About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.  With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public.


What is a Study Circle?
A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection. Visit for more information!


Professional Development with the new gundalow Piscataqua!

Gundalow Company is offering a free professional development workshop this summer aboard its new gundalow. Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers* will learn to use hands-on science activities, field experiences and local scientific data to teach about marine life, water quality and human impact on the local environment. All activities will be based in Portsmouth, NH over several days: August 16 and 17 for classroom and field work; a half-day in September for a free boat-based field trip for your class; and a follow-up evening session in October.

Registration now open with limited space. Please e-mail for registration and information.
*While this is geared toward fifth and sixth grade teachers, registration will be extended to other grades as space allows.

This workshop is offered at no cost to teachers thanks to funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training Program – which is designed to provide “meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE)”. The nonprofit Gundalow Company is one of four organizations working together on NEOSEC’s “Get WET in New England”.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Why Do We Explore? Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12

NOAA Office for Exploration invites educators of grades 5-12 to attend the introduction to Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore?

Participants will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into several important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore related JASON Project and Immersion Learning curriculum related to ocean exploration, experience the new Titanic exhibit and Ocean Exploration Center and participate in a Nautilus Live Theater show.

The workshop is a free event, and will be hosted in Mystic, Connecticut at Mystic Aquarium.

Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant will receive Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Why Do We Explore?, materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration Deadline is April 27, 2012

To reserve your spot, contact Mystic Aquarium’s reservation department at 860-572-5955 x520 or

Teachers on the Estuary Workshops

This summer, two of the New England National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) are offering 4-day “Teachers on the Estuary” (TOTE) professional development workshops. These research and field-based workshops, geared towards middle and high school teachers, are designed to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of estuaries using local research examples. Find more information on their websites: Waquoit Bay NERR Cape Cod, MA (contact: Joan Muller, Education Coordinator) and Narragansett Bay NERR, RI: (contact: Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator)

Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars

The free Green Teacher webinar series resumes for 2012 with nine new dates/topics announced through March—please find details below. You can sign up for these sessions, and find more information on the presenters, at

Can’t attend a webinar? Don’t worry! Archived recordings of all webinars are also available on The Green Teacher Website. (Archives are available free of charge to anyone for one month following each webinar, and are thereafter available to Green Teacher subscribers.)

Webinar: NASA’s Aquarius Studies Our Salty Seas

Educator Webinars
January 17, 2012 at 7pm ET
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Tuesday, January 17th, NASA scientists Gary Lagerloef and David Le Vine will kick off a two-part webinar series focusing on never-before-seen discoveries by the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission. By measuring our salty seas, Aquarius sheds light on the inner workings of ocean circulation as well as providing more insight into global system processes such as climate. The 90-minute webinar for educators will reveal some of the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space, as well as the many challenges that have been addressed throughout the history of the Aquarius mission.

As part of each interactive webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session with the presenting scientists. The concept map-based webinars will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources relating to Aquarius, salinity and technology.

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

For more information about the webinar series, visit email Annette deCharon at annette.decharon@maine.edur.

Green Teacher Celebrates 20 Years with Fall Issue and Webinar

The Green Teacher Fall issue, “Navigating the Climate Crisis,” marks a 20-year milestone since the first issue of Green Teacher was published in 1991. Editor Tim Grant reflects on how EE has changed over the last 20 years, and looks forward with hope for the future. The issue is filled with articles on a wide number of topics—from helping children come to grips with the current realities of climate change, to innovative strategies for successful outdoor field trips, to helping students anticipate and shape the future, and much more.


Sustainable Happiness, Hope & Resiliency
December 5, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Join Catherine O’Brien and Elin Kelsey for an inspiring conversation about sustainable happiness, hope, and resiliency. In the Summer 2011 issue of Green Teacher, Catherine, and Elin introduced these concepts and why it’s so important to move beyond “gloom and doom.” After short presentations, they will share some of the ways they are seeing this work moving out in the world so that participants can start to think of implications for their personal and professional life.

Outdoor Teaching Mistakes
December 7, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Presented by Brad Daniel, Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies at Montreat College. This webinar will help participants become better outdoor educators by presenting and discussing a variety of mistakes made by those who teach in the outdoors. After a short video illustrating many of these mistakes, a comprehensive list will be compiled and solutions to each one will be presented and discussed.

Building Evaluation Capacity Workshop

The Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) at Lesley University presents:

Building Evaluation Capacity

A workshop series designed to:

• Build your understanding of program evaluation;
• Expand your professional toolbox with practical suggestions and techniques you can use in your organization;
• Create useful evaluation questions, and an overall plan that meets your program’s needs;
• Develop effective data collection strategies;
• Analyze your data and learn how to use your findings to strengthen your program;
• Develop your own capacity to conduct internal evaluations with guidance from PERG’s experienced evaluators.

Three Fridays: December 9, 2011
and February 10 and May 11, 2012: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cost: $175/session, $475 for full workshop series

To Register/For more information: Contact Judah Leblang, PERG Senior Research Associate at 617-349-8661 or

Lunch will be provided

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CLEAN Pathway Project Interactive Webinar

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway project ( is pleased to announce the third in our 2011-2012 professional development series of 2-hour interactive webinars to support secondary teachers who teach about climate and energy.

For middle and high school teachers, join us for a two hour interactive webinar on Tuesday, November 15th: “Teaching About Climate Literacy Essential Principle #3: Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate”, with content focused on the biosphere as a major driver of the carbon cycle and how changes in the carbon cycle impact ecosystems. Presenters will address key science concepts that are particularly difficult for students to understand, highlight common student misconceptions, and suggest ways to approach them in your teaching. Participants will also explore and discuss resources in the the CLEAN collection that speak to these difficult concepts.

Time – 4-6 pm Pacific | 5-7 pm Mountain | 6-8 pm Central | 7-9 pm Eastern. This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. For details about this event and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Marian Grogan at .