Professional Development for Teachers
There are wonderful opportunities for teachers to learn science, spread their wings, fly, swim, sail, and hike. Permission to be a "lab rat'? Here! Permission to scale the Andes or sail the oceans? Here! The following listing includes programs that some Connecticut teachers have participated in. If you know of more, have experienced them, or just dream of them, contact us at
2016-2017 School Year

Honeywell Space Academy
Attend Space Camp!!  Enough said...       Applications due on November 11, 2017 for the summer of 2017.  Dates of camp are June 14-20,2017,  and June 21-27, 2017

Summer and Live from the Field fellowships The Live from the Field fellowship is during the school year and you are communicating with your class during the trip. Sites are national and international. Applications are due in the fall.

Maury Project
Offered in the summer in Annapolis, Maryland by the American Meteorological Society. Teachers participate in sessions on ocean science and lead peer training sessions when they return to their home districts. July 9-21, 2017.   Applications are due March 20, 2017.  Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.
Project Atmosphere

AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics.  Offered July 16 -28, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Applications are due on March 27, 2017.

2015-2016 School Year

National Sustainability Teachers' Academy
Two person teams from middle or high school travel to Flathead Lake, Montana August 8-12 to gain the knowledge, skills and tools to implement sustainability projects in their school and meet with like-minded teachers.  On return the teachers will implement a project in their school.  Travel and implementation stipends are available.
  Deadline is May 2, 2016 

San Diego Institute for Conservation Research
Study the techniques of conservation and camp at the San Diego Wildlife Park in Escondido, CA.  Multiple dates throughout the summer.  Applications are due on April  15,2016.  

PAN - Physics of Atomic Nuclei 
A free teacher workshop at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located at Michegan State University, July 24 - 29, 2016.   Housing, board and materials included (no transportation). High school and middle school science teachers.   Apply by April 4, 2016 

Honeywell Educators Green Boot Camp

June 19 -23, 2016,  San Diego, CA   

Learn and develop sustainability lessons to use in the classroom. Applications are due March 20, 2016     

6-day educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) June 20-25, 2016

Presently there are 12 Connecticut schools that participate in field study courses at BIOS. (Amity HS, Hamden HS, RHAM HS, Fitch HS, Rockville HS, Marine Science Magnet HS, Sound School, Milton Academy, Greens Farm Academy, Vernon MS, Tolland MS, Har-Bur MS)

If you think your students could benefit from this educational opportunity, you might be interested in this summer professional development workshop that will prepare you to lead your own school field study course at BIOS in the future.

This Educator Training Workshop offers middle and high school teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, pre-service teachers, and informal educators the opportunity to learn how to plan and execute future educational field study courses for their students at BIOS. Between June 20-25, 2016, up to 12 participants will take part in this educational workshop and explore themes for potential future visiting groups such as:

  • Oceanography and Marine Science: including lab and STEM activities, coral reef exploration, and low tide collection of certain species.
  • An introduction to cutting-edge Glider technology, and how these underwater robots can revolutionize ocean studies and student involvement in the classroom.
  • Island Ecology and Geology: Nonsuch Island conservation of rare and threatened species (including the Cahow) and habitats.
  • Bermuda and U.S. History: Colonization of St George’s, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War.   
  • Scientific Exploration Past and Present: William Beebe, global climate initiative and AUV gliders.

USPTO Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property
July 17-22, 2016, Michigan State University, Lansing - Week-long workshop sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark office; Travel, housing and some meals are provided.
Wonderful information, fun, and fascinating speakers.   Applications are due by March 15, 2016     USPTO Summer Teacher Institute

Boyce Thompson Institute's Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology

July 18-22 2016 at Cornell University.  7-12th grade and community college science teachers learn and design new plant-based curriculum that integates into STEM courses and aligns with NGSS standards.  On-campus housing, some meals, travel award and stipend will be provided to teachers who successfully complete the program.
      Boyce Thompson Institute  Applications are due by March 15, 2016.


National WWII Museum in New Orleans

Middle school science teachers, grades 5-8, with 2-10 years experience, will experience hands on STEM content at the museum and the Advanced Materials Research Institute at the University of New Orleans. Supported through a grant from Northrup Grumman Foundation.  Applications are due March 4, 2016. Rolling admissions, so it is preferable to apply soon.  Seminar is July 17-22, 2016

National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
    Participate in a Lindblad Expedition to Iceland, Svalbard, Antarctica or other locals to improve you and your students' geographic knowledge.  Applications are due January 3, 2016.
CSET - Center to Support Excellence in Teaching
Fully funded two-year fellowship for high school teachers (math, science, history, English) from across the US with 2-7 years of teaching experience.  All expenses paid, stipend included. and experience high-quality PD with Stanford University faculty. 

Join the 2016 JASON Argonaut Team
Eager to communicate your science knowledge spending 3-10 days working with scientists in the field?  JASON Learning is looking for science teachers to send on one of their expeditions.  Applications are due by January 15, 2016. 

3M TWIST Program - Teachers Working in Science and Technology.
 Spend  6 weeks doing R&D with a 3M scientist or engineer - June 22 - July 31, recieve stipend of $4500.  Applications are due January 22, 2016.  

Mickelson Exxon Teachers Academy
Professional Development program for grade 3-5 math and science teachers in the area of force and motion and the math skills that support the science concepts.  Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NY.  Travel, lodging and meals are paid.  Workshop will be in July.  Apply by November 20, 2015

Albert Einstein Fellowship program
Science and math educators are placed in federal programs or a Congressional office for eleven months in the Washington, DC area. A stipend, housing allowance and budget is included.
   Appy by November 19, 2015

2014-2015 School Year

San Diego Institute for Conservation Research
Study the techniques of conservation and camp at the San Diego Wildlife Park in Escondido, CA.  Multiple dates throughout the summer.  Applications are due on March 20, 2015.  
Teacher at Sea
Work on a NOAA vessel with scientists in many different areas of research. Application in the fall.