Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

The professional development opportunities listed below are only a few of the opportunities that we receive.   Opportunities can also be found in our CSTA newsletter and the monthly Science Matters

 Summer 2019 

UCONN’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA)

Applications for UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) -- environmental programs for adults, teens, and teachers – are quickly approaching. If you are interested in engaging teens in your community or conservation efforts, want to learn mapping tools that can be used to tackle environmental problems or know of teens interested in the environment, apply online today to one of our programs (or encourage interested teens to apply)! See below to learn more about our 3 programs:

The Conservation Training Partnerships ( program pairs teens and adult volunteers. The team participates in a 2-day field workshop (find a workshop near you!), and learns to use conservation and mapping tools in field activities. Then, the team designs and carries out a local environmental project. CTP is free to all participants.

 The Conservation Ambassador Program ( teaches teens the skills used by professionals to address current environmental issues. Students learn real field-based science during an exciting weeklong summer field experience at UConn. Then, students design their own environmental project to provide real solutions for their communities, and present their work at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources.

 The Teacher Professional Learning program ( extends the NRCA experience to high school science teachers. This 3-day professional development workshop immerses teachers in regional water resource issues, and provides them with online mapping tools to use in their classrooms. Each teacher leaves with 10-15 Water and Sustainability Science lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Sea Grant is accepting applications for four Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers (LISMT) for the LISMT program in Connecticut. Pairs of teachers from each of the following grade level bands are encouraged to apply: K-8 and 9-12.

Each grade-level specific pair will work together to plan and execute a one day professional development session for their peers. Workshops will take place in Connecticut. There is funding for each pair to provide an outdoor component as part of the session. Each teacher will receive a stipend ($40.00/hour for 35 hours = $1,400 stipend per teacher).

LISMT positions are open to current Connecticut K-12 teachers.

The Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) program is sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and funded by the US EPA Long Island Sound Study. Program goals are to promote the use of Long Island Sound educational resources and to promote the interdisciplinary use of the Long Island Sound watershed and its resources in K-12 classrooms.

Ready to apply? Complete the application form and send to

Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP)

The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering two five-day Summer Institutes for K-12 science teachers at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. Deepen your skills and understanding around Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation. 

Institute #1, June 25-29, 2018, focuses on energy and climate as core disciplinary ideas and is for teachers of any experience level.

Institute #2, August 6-10, 2018, is for experienced teachers who want to make their units three-dimensional and personalized. 

Scholarships available. Get more info and register

National Resource Conservation Academy

Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) extends the National Resource Conservation Academy (NRCA) experience to secondary science teachers. This 3-day professional development workshop immerses teachers in relevant regional water resource issues, and provides teachers with online mapping tools to encourage their students to study these issues further. Each teacher leaves with 10-15 lessons for a Water and Sustainability Science Unit aligned with specific Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations.  The workshop is located on the UCONN Storrs campus on August 13 - 15.  Participants receive a stipend. Application is due on May 1, 2018. 

"Connecticut Science Teachers Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5, Middletown, CT 06457 Copyright 2016 

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