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

Drone Academy

Southern Connecticut State University is very pleased to announce the launch of our Drone Academy program!  This five-part program will provide you with the skills needed for
  • Safe drone aviation
  • FAA Part 107 exam preparation
  • Producing quality aerial stills and videos 
  • Landscape mapping and 3D modeling. 
  • Are you currently teaching a class where aerial photography or videography would add to the student experience? Have you considered using drone technology to improve your educational lessons, student engagement, or promotional materials? As drone technology becomes increasingly mainstream, educational professionals are finding new ways to integrate the video and photographic capabilities in new and creative benefits for the benefit of students.

Southern offers the only program in our region where participants can learn all of this information in one comprehensive package.  Best of all - you do not need to own a drone to participate in this program!  Program begins September 14 

Register today as space is limited - SCSU Drone Academy.

STEM Teaching Tools Workshop - 4 days - August 8,9,12,13  

Dr. Bell is visiting QUeST-LC for a four-day working professional development with aims to create new STEM Teaching Tools based on your personal expertise and experience.  Your work will be compensated with a stipend. 

Project Oceanology -  Free workshops

  Intro to Oceanography: A Changing Sound 

     Wednesday, August 22    10 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch will be provided    Cruise:  1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  Seal Watch: Seal Population Study

     Tuesday, November 5     10:am - 1:00pm - Lunch will be provided   Cruise: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm 

JASON Learning Resources & Tools for an NGSS Classroom Professional Learning Opportunities  May 2019 Series

View full flyer with details on specifically targeted SEPs, DCIs, and CCCs:

World of Waves (Grades 4, 6-8)

FREE! Underwritten by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Thomas Edison Middle School, Meriden, CT

May 24, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm


Come join us as we build a deep, working understanding of the physics of waves and their importance in our world. Meet STEM role models ranging from Navy officers to robotics engineers & rock musicians that apply the physics of waves in their work. JASON's newest curriculum, World of Waves, can be used to support grades 4, middle school and high school next generation science standards. This workshop will be geared particularly for middle school and grade 4.* BONUS - Participantswill be invited to receive a BOSEBuild Speaker Cube Kit and/or a BOSEBuild Headphone kit of their own to pilot selected activities.

Climate  (Grades 6-8)


Thomas Edison Middle School, Meriden, CT

May 24, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm


Did you know? According to a recent issue of NSTA Express, “NSTA supports the teaching of climate science and recently issued a position statement calling for greater support for science educators in teaching climate science and climate change.” Come join us as we develop a systems model of climate and explore the interactions between humans and earth systems. Meet STEM role models ranging from NOAA climatologists to ocean explorers that are working to understand, monitor, and predict earth's climate. This workshop will be geared particularly for middle school with a focus on the following:

JASON for Elementary(Grades 3-5) – New offering!


Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT

May 21, 2019 8:30am – 3:00pm


Scientific literacy is important too! For the first time, we are now offering a professional learning experience strictly for elementary educators. This workshop will specifically address strategies and resources for integrating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into the school-day while connecting to reading, writing, and math literacy. We will discuss and address the challenges that face elementary teachers when it comes to including time for science instruction, and offer concrete resources and methods that can be easily incorporated into already existing routines.  Participants will further their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in three dimensions. Although strategies can be applied across all areas of science, featured lessons will be drawn from the following collections:

JASON’s Recycling Activities Collection                                                       

JASON’s Immersion Learning Series

This session will include time for participants to identify resources specifically applicable to them in their settings and network with a community of peers to applied strategies explored through the day.      

JASON National Conference Scholarships Available for CT Educators!

July 9-11, 2019 Leesburg, VA

Keynotes by:

Dr. Jason P. Dunion, Meteorologist, University of Miami – NOAA/AOML/Hurricane Research Division

Dr. Michelle Ocana, Managing Director, Neurobiology Imaging Facility, Harvard Medical School

Johan Calderon, Information Technology Specialist, RI Army National Guard

Apply here:

This year's JASON National Training will take place in Leesburg, VA (beautiful wine country!) at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa (visit for more information).  Through our partnership with the CT DECD, we are able to offer 4 scholarships to CT educators. Scholarships cover the entire registration fee (a $623.55 value) and cover all workshop sessions, keynote speakers, dinner reception, and Adventure day excursions. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, May 10, 2019.   Applicants must be public school educators in CT (teachers / science coaches / mentors instructional leaders/ curriculum directors / administrators all eligible). If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Recipients will be notified by May 20, 2019. This is a unique opportunity to connect with real scientists, real science, and network with a host of like-minded enthusiastic STEM professionals.

Teachers, Instructors, and Education Researchers,

The Phylotastic team invites you to join the From Earth’s History to Biodiversity: Tools for teaching with open science workshop

When: 22-24 July 2019

Where: University of California Museum of Paleontology

Who: Middle, high school, and college instructors, and biology education researchers with interested in incorporating up-to-date and scientific data into their lesson plans in the areas of History of Earth, Biological Evolution, Ecosystems and Heredity and/or assessing the use of open science in the classroom. No programming skills are needed. No personal computer is needed but it will help.

What: A three day Workshop to develop resources that leverage Open Science resources from public repositories and organizations specialized in keeping and making available the latest scientific information on organisms such as geographical distributions, traits, phylogenetic relationships, fossil distributions,

Expenses: This is an NSF sponsored workshop. Travel and lodging will be covered for selected participants

Find the full announcement at and application at:

Applications due May 20, 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

National Geographic Educator Certification

National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists and changemakers.

During and after the certification process you are given access to mentors and master teachers from across the country. You will become familiar with the National Geographic Learning Framework and the many resources that National Geographic can provide. Certification can be done completely online.  Upon completing the nationally recognized certification your administrators will be notified and you will be presented with many PD opportunities and early access to new National Geographic programs.   It is an incredible networking group. 

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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