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Last updated: May 11, 2015
New Engineering Education Training
For Middle And High School Teachers
Are you a high school or middle school teacher interested
in teaching your students engineering through the fascinating
world of biomimicry? Join the Center for Learning with Nature
and the Biomimicry Institute this summer for one week of professional
development to learn how to use the new Engineering Inspired
by Nature curriculum.
• A fascinating, solution-oriented, cutting-edge way to teach
• Modular and scalable to fit different school curricula structures,
up to one semester in length (30-45 hrs)
• Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards
• Great results, empirically demonstrated
This free, one-week, face-to-face synchronous online training
is an opportunity to learn how to teach your students engineering
in a way that will change their lives. To learn more and apply,
Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High
Personal Genetics Education Project
July 28 - 30, 2015
9:00am – 3:30pm
Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $50 (early bird price until 5/31/15); $60 beginning
6/1/15 (scholarships available)
Personal Genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal
and Social Issues
New genetic technologies are impacting peoples’ lives every
day. Current high school students are among the first generation
that will have unprecedented access to information about their
DNA. How can we prepare students to make informed choices
for themselves and for society as a whole?
This three-day interdisciplinary training for teachers will
be an introduction to personal genetics and its impact on
society. We create interactive lessons that engage students
in discussions about the potential benefits and implications
of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they
could be impacted. We combine accurate scientific content
with the real-world impact on people and the choices they
Through workshop-style sessions, we will look at examples
of the hopes, realities and controversies in personal genetics.
We will start with an overview: Why is genetics getting more
personal? What has been happening, scientifically and technologically,
since the completion of the Human Genome Project? Starting
with scientific questions and concepts, we will make connections
to real world opportunities and conundrums your students and
their families will face in the coming years.
Topics to be covered: Advances in personal genetics, the
intersection of athletics and genetics, genetics and aggression/complex
human behavior, reproductive genetics, low cost genetic testing,
the history of eugenics and future of genetics, crime and
DNA, and critical thinking as it applies to assessing genetic
Content Area: Biology, Health, Social Studies, Genetics,
and Bioethics; grades 8 – 12
To register, click
here. For more information,
click here or email Lauren Tomaselli at email@example.com,
or call (617) 432-1797. Visit our website at www.pged.org
for more information about our project.
Some comments from teachers about a workshop we did at the
New Hampshire Science Teachers’ Association Spring Conference:
“Best workshop of the day, excellent intro to topic, knowledgeable
presenters, informative, most intellectually stimulating of
day,” “Great, fabulous, doing activities right away,” “Awesome.”
Science Program Volunteer Needed
The Seven Trees Branch of the San Jose Public Library is
looking for a volunteer to run a science program in Fall 2015.
The program will consist of six sessions – one a week over
a six week period. Each session will meet after school for
an hour to an hour and a half. A cohort of 20 3rd graders
will be signed up for the entire series. The library will
pay for any materials needed for the program. If you are interested
in volunteering, please contact Randall Studstill at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 408-808-3030 or 408-808-3056. We look forward to hearing
Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Master’s Program
Applications are now being accepted for 2015 field courses and
the Global Field Master's Program, which offers groundbreaking
courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia,
and the Americas.
Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program
(GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists,
educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites
worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja,
Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya,
Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand.
Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country
expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced
because of support from Miami University. Accepted students
are responsible for airfare.
Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time
from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open
to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's
degree from any discipline. For more information and to apply,
Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org/14-15_news
Global Field Program:
Applicants may be interested in Project Dragonfly's additional
master's degree, the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), co-delivered
with premier learning institutions in select U.S. cities.
Current AIP sites are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago,
Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle. For more
information, please visit http://aip.miamioh.edu/14-15_news.
Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through
inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate
programs worldwide. Dragonfly is housed at Miami University,
a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809 and
listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.
CONTACT: Mary Jo Lahrmann Project Dragonfly, Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio 45056 513.529.8573, email@example.com.
Marine Education Fellowship for Teachers
Ecology Project International (www.ecologyproject.org)
is a non-profit science education and student travel organization
that also offers professional development opportunities for
science teachers. We operate hands-on student field programs
in Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Panama, and Ecuador.
In the spring of 2015, we will host up to 36 science teachers
from across the U.S. on our 3rd annual Marine Education Fellowship
in Baja and Costa Rica.
We're excited to share this opportunity with teachers, and
our application is now open!
For complete detailed information visit the Fellowship website:
New Master's Program for Science Teachers at UC Irvine
Announcing an exciting opportunity to obtain a truly innovative
advanced degree designed especially for science teachers.
The University of California at Irvine is offering a new Master's
of Science program in Biological Sciences and Educational
Media Design (UCI M.S. BSEMD), tailored to meet the needs
of working science teachers. Gain Master's-level expertise
in biological science content knowledge, advanced pedagogical
methods, and cutting-edge media production techniques. Core
courses are conveniently offered during the evenings, and
electives can be chosen to fit your desired focus and schedule
on a full-time or part-time basis. UC Irvine is proud to support
the California community of teachers with this rigorous new
program and applications
are now being accepted for admission this coming Fall.
Juice From Juice: A Cross-cutting Concepts Workshop on Solar
Engineering Presented at Caltech
Free professional development workshops offered on either
October 11, 2014, Jan 31, 2015, March 28, 2015 or May 9, 2015.
The workshops are presented by Caltech's NSF funded Center
for Chemical Innovation in Solar Fuels. The project, titled
"Juice from Juice", provides instruction on 4 lessons
relating to solar and renewable energy. Participants learn
to make their own dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and practice
three supporting lesson plans in chemistry, biology and physics.
In addition, they can sign-up for a site visit from the Caltech
researchers who run the workshop to help them implement the
lessons in the classroom for the first time. Visit www.thesolararmy.org/jfromj
to learn more about the project.
It's a fun, engaging workshop that will help bring current
scientific research problems into the classroom in a hands-on,
inquiry-based manner. To RSVP for one of the workshop dates
or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (818) 515-6502. Hope to see you there!
English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased
to announce that the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform,
Argue, and Analyze professional learning module (PLM) is now
available online on the Brokers of Expertise California Common
Core State Standards (CCSS) PLM Web page. This module is part
of the CCSS for California Educators series and was developed
in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley/California
Writing Project. The module is available in two formats: online
independent use and on-site blended group facilitation. Additional
professional learning modules will become available in early
to access the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue,
and Analyze professional learning module.
MAT@USC: University of Southern California’s online Master
of Arts in Teaching Program
Teachers: Would you like to earn your MAT and teaching credential?
-- At the University of Southern California’s Rossier School
of Education, we challenged ourselves to re-imagine our Master
of Arts in Teaching program; to create a trailblazing curriculum
that integrates rich, interactive online learning with intensive,
school-based fieldwork experiences, no matter where students
live -- the result is the MAT@USC, the same rigor as our traditional
on-campus MAT program, conceived and built around an honest
discussion about how to integrate theory effectively with
classroom practice. For more information visit:
Online Teaching Program
Whether you are a student, changing careers, looking for
a job, or are a teacher from another state or country, TEACH
California has everything you need to know about teaching
and how to become a California teacher. You'll find information
about pay, jobs, credentialing, licensure and financial aid.
You can even make and save your own personal career plan,
and it's all free. Details can be found at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/
Amgen Scholarships Available for Science Teachers Pursuing
National Board Certification
Amgen scholarships are available for science teachers pursuing
National Board Certification, the most prestigious credential
in the teaching profession. The Amgen Foundation is committing
$1.5 million over three years to support science teachers
in schools across the country who choose to obtain National
Board Certification. Scholarships will be given on a first-come,
first-served basis to teachers in select communities. First
priority will be given to science teachers teaching ages 11-18.
If funding remains available, scholarships will also be awarded
to elementary teachers teaching students ages 3-12 who are
responsible for science instruction. Teachers from the following
California couties may apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma,
and Ventura. To apply visit: http://nbpts.org/scholarships.
Global Ozone (G03) Project
Teachers: Would you like to participate in an exciting new
project for high school students, measuring ozone and meteorological
parameters, and receive a free instrument package, valued
at $5,000, for your school? In the GO3 Project, students around
the world measure ozone and meteorological parameters outside
their school and upload their data to an overlay in Google
Earth to share with other students, teachers, and scientists
around the world. Eighteen schools participating at the present
time, including four international sister schools in Madrid,
Moscow, Sydney, and Cairo. GO3 students are learning about
environmental science while helping create the world's first
ground-level ozone database. To learn more about the project,
see the G03 website and 2-minute video at http://www.go3project.com.
OnlineColleges.org is a nonprofit resource for students considering
an online college for their associates, bachelors, masters
or doctorate level degree. All the schools are listed on the
front page and lead directly to each program, additionally
they are sorted by state. Visit http://www.onlinecolleges.org/.
Masters in Education Guide
The Masters in Education Guide is an on-line directory of
Masters in Education programs. Programs are searchable by
subject matter, state, or type of degree (masters or doctorate).
The site also offers informational articles and links to job
Online Education Degrees
Education degree.com includes over 20,000 teacher education
degree and certificate programs, offered by over 1,700 colleges
and school districts across the US, reviewed and compiled
by hand from the college and district websites. Visit http://www.educationdegree.com for links and information.
Foundational Level General Science/Math Credentials
The School of Education at Sonoma State University will offer
summer institutes for teachers who want to earn foundational
level teaching credentials in science or mathematics. The
general science teaching credential allows for teaching science
at the junior high school level or basic high school science
classes, but not college prep high school lab science classes.
Check with Sonoma State University at http://www.sonoma.edu/education/ for more information.
Nominate a Distinguished Teacher
TEACH California seeks great science, math, and special ed.
teachers to feature on their Distinguished Teachers” website.
Featuring vignettes of California teachers, the site honors
the thousands of great teachers in the state and allows them
to share their thoughts on teaching. Requirements of the nominated
teachers are: 1. they are GREAT teachers; 2. they are fully
credentialed; and 3. they teach special education, mathematics,
or science (the highest shortage areas). Get more information
and find out how to nominate someone at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/.
Biology Teachers Needed to Lead Field Experiences
Since 1990, Save The Rainforest (STR ) has been sending groups
of high school and middle school students to the rainforest
reserves it helped create with donations from school children.
Many of the biology teachers who have led these groups are
retiring, and STR is looking for a new generation of biology
teachers to take their students on field courses to the Galapagos,
Amazon, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and Mexico. For more information
contact Bruce Calhoun at (608) 729- 4877 or email@example.com,
or view STR's website at www.saverfn.org.
STR is a non-profit organization.
Seminars on Science: Online
Graduate Courses for Educators American Museum of Natural
Seminars on Science offers online graduate courses in the
life, earth, and physical sciences to educators throughout
the country and abroad. Designed by the Museum specifically
for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses the learner
in an area of contemporary research. Educators come away with
a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of
scientific inquiry as well as an array of classroom resources.
Courses are co-taught and led by Museum scientists and educators
and feature rich web-based discussions. Each course is available
for up to 4 graduate credits from leading institutions. Courses
offered by the program include Evolution; The Solar System;
Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics,
Genethics and more. For more information on courses or to
register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=CASTA.
Science In Action Courses from
the University of Nebraska
Science in Action courses are online courses that integrate
the application of content and pedagogy in the biological,
physical, and earth sciences. These courses are designed to
meet the needs of K-12 educators who want to improve their
content knowledge and ability to teach science. Course curricula
align with state and national science standards. Available
courses are Entomology, Natural Resources, Biotechnology,
and Food Science and Technology. For more information, contact
Cindy Larson-Miller at (402) 730-9691 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Science Resources
Center’s Professional Development Center
The National Science Resources Center's Professional Development
Center cordially invites you to take part in one or more unique
and exciting professional development opportunities—the Smithsonian
Science Education Academies for Teachers. Deepen your knowledge
of life and/or physical science; gain special access to the
scientists, curators, and educators of the Smithsonian Institution
and other museums and research institutions; learn about the
unparalleled resources available to teachers through the Smithsonian,
earn three graduate credits from Montclair State University,
New Jersey; inspire your students to greater understanding
of how the world works. For more information visit http://www.nsrconline.org/professional_development/index.html.
University of Michigan and Northwestern University
As part of an NSF-funded research study, the University of
Michigan and Northwestern University are offering free professional
development to teachers who purchase It's About Time's
Investigations in Environmental Science, a year-long,
case-based environmental science curriculum. Teachers will
receive 48 hours of free professional development along with
a $1,500 stipend upon completion of the study. To learn more
about the curriculum or to apply for the study, visit http://www.worldwatcher.northwestern.edu
or contact Beth Kubitskey at email@example.com.
Coast Alive! Teacher Institute
Explore the Elkhorn Slough and nearby beaches while learning
to incorporate stimulating, inquiry based, and multimedia
curriculum in your middle or high school science classroom.
The focus on experimental design will help you develop a hypothesis
and conduct research in the best possible setting--the field!
Return with students to design and conduct field studies.
You will participate in hands-on local field investigations,
receive a free Coast Alive!—Land-Sea Interface CD-ROM,
use Coast Alive! materials, and earn a $500 stipend from California
State Parks and the California Institute for Biodiversity.
Enrollment will fill before the end of the school year. For
upper elementary and middle school educators; 6 CSUMB academic
quarter units. Registration fee without credit: $50. For details
and to apply, visit http://www.EurekaSeries.org.
Council for Elementary Science
The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) invites
teachers to join the effort to improve science teaching. CESI
has a website that provides members access to a variety of
elementary science opportunities, including fellowships, grants,
and science activities (from past Make-It and Take-It programs
held at regional and national NSTA conventions). Newsletters
and the CESI Journal are additional benefits that teachers
will receive when choosing to join the organization. Memberships
can be completed at the web site on-line at http://www.cesiscience.org/.
Questions regarding membership and the CESI organization can
be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.