Free Teacher Training – Maine

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites you to join us for a free teacher training!  Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is holding a free training for Maine high school teachers interested in teaching their students ocean science concepts.  During the daylong workshop teachers will be introduced to ocean sciences research at Bigelow, conduct hands-on, standards-based activities, and talk with Bigelow scientists and educators about how to best integrate ocean sciences into the existing curriculum.  Our goals for this training are to present an overview of ocean sciences concepts and related investigative activities for students, and receive input from teachers to help us design a 4-day follow-up training.   Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Each participant will receive take-home materials, a travel reimbursement, and lunch.  All participants will be invited to participate in the second workshop, which will be held in August 2011.  For more information and to register online, please visit, or contact Rebecca Fowler,, (207) 633-9632.

2010 MITS Summer Institutes

The Process of Adaptation: How Things Change

Explore how cycles, processes and systems connect life, physical and earth science. A minds-on, hands-on professional development experience that will provide you with scientific knowledge, classroom investigations and a network of resources. Offered in seven regions of Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. Visit each of the locations below for one to two days and participate in both content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators, scientists and other content experts.

Grades: 3 – 8

Dates: July 6 – 16, 2010

Locations: The New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, Boston Children’s Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History

Also offered in six other regions of Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire.

For more information and to register go to

Teacher Workshops at NEAq

New England Aquarium offers several teacher workshops this summer:

Climate Science and the Ocean

On the Waterfront:  Integrating Science Standards through Classroom and Field Investigations

NOAA’s Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Workshop

2010 MITS Summer Institutes – The Process of Adaptation: How Things Change

To register for the summer courses, please contact the Teacher Resource Center for more information. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590 or email the Teacher Resource Center at

Courses for Teachers – Cape Cod, MA

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s professional development courses integrate science content, math applications, recent research results, and sample classroom lessons.  Graduate credit is available from Framingham State College; please contact (508) 457-0495 x 106 for more information.  To register, visit and click on the link for the calendar, then scroll to the course dates and click on the course.  Courses include:

Weather, Climate, and the Coast:  best for teachers in grades 6 – 10; Saturday 1/23/10  8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 1/24/10  11:30 – 4:00

Rocks, Sand, and Soil in Motion:  best for teachers in grades  3 – 6; Saturday  2/1310  8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 2/14/10  11:30 – 4:00

Salt Water Studies: Coastal Science Activities for the Classroom:  best for teachers in grades 5 – 9; Saturday 2/27/10 8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 2/28/10  11:30 – 4:00

Wings Over Water:  best for teachers in grades 5 – 9; Tuesday 4/20/10 and Wednesday 4/21/10  9:00 – 3:30

Workshop for Elementary Teachers – Adaptation: Life in the Ocean

Participants in the workshop, Adaptation: Life in the Ocean at New England Aquarium will learn content and activities about the unique structures and behaviors that allow animals such as penguins, sharks and whales to survive in marine habitats around the world. In addition, participants will  learn how to use the Teacher Resource Center resources, such as kits and books, and Aquarium exhibits as teaching tools in the classroom.

Appropriate for teachers of grades K-5; teachers of other grades are welcome to attend.
Saturday, January 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center
Cost: $50
A certificate of participation is available to all participants. Ten  PDPs are available for participants completing an additional project with students in the classroom.
Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590, or email the Teacher Resource Center at

Teachers’ Workshop at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The following Topics in Oceanography Professional Development Workshop will be held Saturday December 12, 2009, 9:00-2:30 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Ocean Acidification: what it is, what we know, and what it may mean

Sarah Cooley, WHOI Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department
Anne Cohen, WHOI Geology and Geophysics Department
Heather Benway, Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project Office

– Hear how ocean water chemistry is changing, and how the changes may affect marine life and people
– Hands-on demonstration of classroom experiments and kits on ocean acidification

Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included.
Directions here, more information at this link
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Registration deadline: Dec. 7, 2009

Contact: Kathy Patterson,, 508-289-2700, or
Kate Madin,, 508-289-3639