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Last updated: July 21, 2014
National Summer Teacher Institute
on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
August 10-14, 2014, in Santa Clara, CA
Free of charge and meals included!
This multi-day professional development training opportunity
is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate
concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation
and protection into classroom instruction. Presentation speakers
and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists
and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part
educational video series highlighting innovations and the
specific processes that helped bring them about. The U.S.
Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF),
Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA), and other government agencies will be represented
at the Institute. Teacher participants are expected to commit
to implementing lessons learned in their school districts
in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning
The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended
to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius
of Santa Clara. The application process is already closed
for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius. For more information
about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce
Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at
National Association of Geoscience Teachers – Far Western
Section October 10-12, 2014 Conference
This is a hands-on-geology fieldtrip/workshop oriented conference
with registration open to anyone with an interest in geology.
K-12 teachers who attend both a Saturday fieldtrip and Sunday
fieldtrip/workshop are eligible for professional development
hours via Sacramento State University. It is a great opportunity
for educators, professors, geoscientists, and all others who
are interested in these subjects to network, share experiences,
and promote geoscience education!
This year's Saturday field trip opportunities include geology
of the Sierra Nevada Hwy 80 corridor (Eldridge Moores), Yuba
Goldfields (California Mineral Education Foundation), Sacramento
Delta hydrology and geology (Rob Berry), local Sacramento
geology (Tim Horner), mercury in Gold Rush streams (Mike Hunerlach)
and Blodgett Research Forest (Rob York).
Sunday workshops and ½ day field trips cover topics such
as mineral uses, Mesozoic reptiles in California, atmospheric
circulation modeling for the "Next Generation Science
Standards", and more!
Friday evening presentation will be by Stephen Testa, California
State Mining Board, speaking on “Oil, Gold, Earthquakes and
Higher Education in the latter half of the 19th Century.”
Saturday dinner presentation will be Sue McClurg, Water Education
Foundation, speaking on “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan:
How did we get here, and where are we going?”
For more information on fieldtrips, workshops, and registration
go to: http://nagt-fws.org/
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:
Learning How Light Works: Reflection
This fun, two-hour workshop, introduces K-12 teachers and
anyone interested in doing science outreach to a make-and-take
kaleidoscope activity that teaches students some of the basic
properties of light. This workshop aligns with the newly developed
Next Generation Science Standards and attendees can earn CEUs
Fee waives available on request. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For complete information on this workshop, go to:
Application for NITARP for 2015 is Now Available
NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers
involved in authentic astronomical research. We partner small
groups of educators with a mentor professional astronomer
for an original research project. The educators incorporate
the experience into their classrooms and share their experience
with other teachers. The program runs January through January.
Applications are available now and due on September 22, 2014.
Some things that make our program different from many (if
not most) other astronomy programs for educators: (1) Each
team does original research using real astronomical data,
not canned labs or reproductions of previously done research;
(2) Each team writes up the results of their research and
presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical
Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization
for astronomers in the US). The posters are distributed throughout
the meeting, in amongst other researchers' work; the participants
are not "given a free pass" because they are educators
and students. Each team also presents the educational results
of their experience in the program. (3) The program runs over
13 months, not just a few days or weeks. (4) Teachers are
encouraged to involve their students from the beginning of
Most of our educators are high school classroom educators,
but 8th grade, community college, and informal educators have
participated as well. The kinds of educators we are looking
for are those who already know the basics of astronomy, and
are interested in learning exactly how astronomy research
We anticipate selecting 6 new teachers for 2015. In past
years, we have had about 5 times as many applicants as we
have had spots.
For more information, please
see our website or if you have any questions, please feel
free to contact our central email, email@example.com.
Teacher Trainings with Energize Schools
Energize Schools is offering two teacher training courses
in June that prepare high school teachers to lead their students
in an office sustainability assessment. After this training
you will be able to guide students through a sustainability
assessment where they will receive audit training, recruit
a business to work with, perform an audit, create a report,
and give a presentation on their findings both to their classmates
and to the business audited. The two trainings in the month
of June are in San Francisco and San Diego. The Southern California
training will take place June 19th from 1:00-3:00pm at the
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center in San Diego. The Northern
California Training will take place June 24th from 3:30-5:30pm
at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. To
register and learn more about this and other free teacher
trainings please click
here for the Southern California website and click
here for the Northern California website.
pply, please click
here , or contact Andy Shaner at 281-486-2163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High
Personal Genetics Education Project
Tuesday – Thursday, July 29-31, 2014; 9:00 – 3:30
Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $50 (scholarships available)
This three-day training for teachers will be an introduction
to personal genetics and its impact on society. A wave of
personal genetic information is coming – how can we prepare
students to make informed choices for themselves and for society
as a whole?
Current high school students are among the first generation
that will have unprecedented access to information about their
DNA, as genome sequencing and genetic testing become cheaper
and more available. We create interactive lessons that engage
students in discussions about the potential risks and benefits
of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they
could be impacted. Our goal is to combine accurate scientific
content with the real-world impact on people and the choices
they may face.
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 9 – 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.
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.
Energize Schools San Diego
Energize Schools San Diego is a partnership between Strategic
Energy Innovations and San Diego Gas & Electric that provides
high schools students and teachers with support to reduce
energy bills and impact on the environment while empowering
student learning and leadership. Energize Schools San Diego
is proud to announce the following opportunities offered at
Schools Teacher Trainings are a professional development
opportunities for teachers, offering teachers hands-on technical
training for sustainability education.
The San Diego School Energy Conservation Competition will
award $500 to the top 3 schools who achieve the greatest energy
reduction during the competition, April 18th to May 8th. The
San Diego High School Green Careers Conference allows
students to present to and learn from their peers and industry
professionals on sustainable designs, enterprises, and projects.
Please click the links for more information or to sign up
or visit the
Energize Schools San Diego Website. For questions contact
Graham Shepard at Graham@seiinc.org
Juice From Juice: A Cross-cutting Concepts Workshop on Solar
Engineering Presented at Caltech
Free professional development workshops offered on either
January 11 or March 8, 2014. The workshops are presented by
Caltech's NSF funded Center for Chemical Innovation in Solar
Fuels. It is titled "Juice from Juice" and 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.
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.