Opportunities/Grants 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 explore the Amazon 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 CTSciTeachers@gmail.com.
Teach Earth Fellowships are partially or fully funded. Participate in science research and share with your classes. Sites are national and international. Applications are due between September 25, 2017 and January 8, 2018.
NOAA's Teacher at Sea program places kindergarten through high school teachers with NOAA scientists on board research vessels. Applications are available on October 1. Applications are due on November 30, 2017
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium offers funding to K-12 students/teachers for workshops on aeronautics and aerospace and STEM related activities. Applications priority deadlines are December 1st (for award period January 1st to June 30th) and June 1st (for award period July 1st to December 31st); applications received after priority deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded if funds are available
Attend Space Camp!! Enough said... Applications are due on November 14, 2017 for the summer of 2018. Dates of camp are June 13-19, 2018 and June 20-26, 2018.
PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from both teachers and researchers for teacher research experiences. For 2018-2019, we will be accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (grades 6-12) Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2018 (usually Arctic) or 2018-19 (usually Antarctic) field seasons. Applications are due on Monday, October 2, 2017
Past Opportunities for 2016-17 school year
National Geographic Grosvenor Fellowship
This fellowship is open to both formal and informal educators honoring excellence in K-12 geographic education. Teachers are given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and work with an amazing group of educators. Applications must be received by December 31, 2016.
Fund for Teachers
This national program helps teachers to travel to workshops, conferences, or places of interest that will enhance their personal growth and curriculum. Write a grant that includes your goals and how it will impact your classroom. Develop a budget and send it in by January 31, 2017. Single fellowships of up to $5000, or team fellowships of up to $10,000. This year they hope to award up to 250 fellowships!
Join the 2017 JASON Argonaut Team
CSET - Center to Support Excellence in Teaching
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, 2017.
Fully funded two-year fellowship for high school teachers (math, science, history, English) from across teh US with 2-7 years of teaching experience. All expenses paid, stipend included, and experience high-quality PD with Stanford University faculty. Applications are open from October 17, 2016 until January 16, 2017
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship
Five day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) for middle and high school teachers at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Applications are due February 15, 2017. Travel, lodging and board are not included.
Real World Science - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology
This professional development opportunity sponsored by Northup Grummen is offered to 5th - 8th grade teachers who have taught from 2-10 years. It will take place from July 23-28, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge. Application and more information can be found here. Due February 24, 2017
Elementary Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute are holding their 9th annual Leadership Academy in Earth Science on June 25-30 in Houston. Academy related travel, lodging and subsistence costs are covered. Teams of 3-4 are encouraged but not required. Science supervisors and principals should nominate teachers by the priority review date of March 10. More information.
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. American Meteorological Society
2017 School of Rock on the JOIDES Resolution
Attend the professional development workshop onboard the scientific ocean drilling ship the JOIDES Resolution as it transits from Subic Bay, Philippines to Townsville Australia on July 10 - 27. This is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together. If accepted, all expenses are paid. Information and application - Due April 7.
Vernier 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon
Explore Amazon conservation, sustainability, & field research with a small cohort of your fellow Environmental Science and Biology colleagues. Grant Application is due on March 7, 2017. Information on 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. July 1-11, 2017
FDA Food Safety and Nutrition
Science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks and recalls. Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 16 – 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses. Application is due before April 18, 2017. More information and guides.
Institute for Conservation Research
Workshop for middle and high school life science teachers held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA. Spend 4-days, 3 nights in the Wildlife park experiencing behind-the-scenes research and developing lessons on conservation. Meals and lodging are included, $500 stipend given for full participation. New this year, teachers are encouraged to apply in school site teams of 2-4 teachers. They can be cross-curricular and different grades. Application and information for the 2017 program can be found here. Flyer available. Applications close on April 2, 2017.
UCONN Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA)
Three day professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers who teach Earth Science. The workshop will teach online mapping tools and offer curricular and technological resources for participants to design 5-7 modules on a Water and Sustainability Science unit using NGSS standards. No cost for the program. August 16-18, 2017 Learn more about the Teacher Professional Learning Program. Application
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) National Summer Institute
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 16-21, 2017 in Denver, Colorado for middle and high school teachers. Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations. Participants will be introduced to teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are selected to participate in this program and reside more than 50 miles from the venue. Information and application. No due date is listed.
6-day educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) June 26-July 1, 2017
Boyce Thompson Institute's Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology
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 26-July 1, 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.
July 2017 at Cornell University. 7-12th grade and community college science teachers learn and design new plant-based curriculum that integrates 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 will be available in January 2017
Inquiry in RainForests
This course will run from July 7-20, 2017 in Costa Rica. Five teacher scholarships are available. Hands-on field-based instruction at an internationally-renowned institution for research and education. Engage in learning activities and become skilled in video production and techniques to document your work. Scholarship applications are available now, and due by April 1.
Hog Island Audubon Camp: Sharing Nature: An Educators' Week Workshop
ETHNICALLY-DIVERSE CONNECTICUT TEACHERS! - Enhance your environmental education methods and knowledge. SIX 80% Scholarships will be awarded for summer 2017. SCHOLARSHIP: $900 towards $1,095 registration fee (Price includes program, lodging, boat travel, all meals). It will be at Hog Island Audubon Camp, Muscongus Bay, Maine, JULY 16 - JULY 21, 2017
Features of Educators' Week:
- Designed for science and non-science educators to generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum.
- Inspiring and experienced instructors will share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging you, and your students, with nature.
- Workshop presentations and guided field trips on the island
- Share techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling, and other disciplines.
- Interactive workshop: "Increasing Diversity in Environmental Education" led by Chandra Taylor Smith, Ph.D. Vice President, Community Conservation and Education, National Audubon Society.
TO APPLY: E-mail letter of interest and names & contact info. of 2 professional references to Camp Director Pete Salmansohn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards given on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly suggested. hogisland.audubon.org