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

School Year 2020-2021

ANNOUNCING U.S. Office of Naval Research Grant for High School STEM Teachers Six Day Workshop Series: Virtual Learning Resources for NGSS High School Questions? Email Application Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020, Dec. 14, 2020 and March 15, 2021 for all high school science/STEM content teachers -Two teachers per school Stipends! Attend six sessions: $200. Complete surveys and student assessments: $200 Application Deadline is September 21, 2020

  • Oct. 7th 4:00-5:30 pm Rapid Innovation: Underwater Vision featuring Dr. Marcos Sastre-Cordova, Raytheon Corporation (Providence, RI)
  • Oct. 14 4:00-5:00 pm 2020 Free online resources from Lab-Aids.
  • Oct. 21st and Oct. 28th, 2020. 9:00-10:30 am. JASON Learning – Redesigning for the New Paradigm
  • Teachers will convene virtually to ➢ Collaborate and refine lessons on December 14th, 2020 ➢ Discuss classroom implementation reports on March 15th, 2020

New Jersey Science Convention Virtual 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty about when social restrictions might end, the New Jersey Science Convention (NJSC) is going virtual for 2020. NJSC has always valued the participation of professional educators and the contribution of exhibitors and sponsors to the success of the convention.

October 17 & 18, November 14 & 15, January 9 & 10, February 6 & 7

All presentations will begin with a short introductory video that includes an acknowledgement of all our sponsors and exhibitors. Presentations will be limited to one hour and will include a short introductory video, the live presentation, a Q&A period, and a brief poll at the end. All presentations will be recorded and stored in our video archives. Teachers and Administrators who register will be able to attend all live presentations and view all archived presentations.

Professional Educator Attendees pay only $19 for the entire NJSC Virtual 2020

What registered professional educators get for $19:

An opportunity to:

1. Attend live presentations on the dates listed above. Presentations will be scheduled for one hour each at 11:30, 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 PM. Just like our regular in-person convention, some may be scheduled simultaneously; however, all presentations will be recorded and stored in our Archive Video Showcase.

2. Access archived presentations via a secure password on the NJSC website.

How to attend NJSC Virtual 2020:

1. Register for $19

2. You will be sent a confirming email which will act as your receipt (Save this email).

3. About five days before the weekend of October 17, you will receive an email with any changes in the schedule for October 17 and 18 and links to the Zoom registration for the presentations you want to attend. You will be asked for your name and email address. Please use the same information that you used to register for the Convention. You will then receive an email from Zoom that provides you with the information you will need to enter the presentation at the time it is scheduled. Save that email so that you don’t lose the session ID and password or link. Sign into the session about 15 minutes before the time the session is to begin.

4. This process will be repeated in November, January, and February.

Earth@Home is your free online toolkit for learning about Earth and its 4.5-billion-year history.

Paleontological Research Institution has developed a free new online learning platform designed to help anyone in the United States learn about the Earth where they live. Earth@Home™ is rich with interactive content about Earth and its life, with a focus on geology, paleontology, climate, and the connections of Earth’s different systems.  The major components of this new online platform include regionally-based guides to Earth science, an online, open-access Earth science textbook, and virtual fieldwork experiences that will bring Earth science to the online classroom. The open-access Earth science textbook and virtual fieldwork experiences, which are accessible to all learners, will also help educators create robust Earth science lesson plans and offer free learning resources for their students to utilize.

Special Educator Webinar on
Wednesday, September 9, 4:30PM-6:00PM EDT

Simply Neuroscience 

August 22-23 and August 29-30

This is a free virtual conference that entails a series of research presentations from professional guest speakers, educational panels, insightful events discussing careers in neuroscience, networking opportunities, interactive workshops on neuroscience connections, trivia games, a neuroscience “movie night,” and many more!  Simply Neuroscience is a student-led fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) organisation that strives to expand interdisciplinary neuroscience education, outreach, and awareness. Over the past year, Simply Neuroscience has expanded exponentially with over 275 members from 12 different countries and significantly expanding our reach with 500,000+ impressions through our global audience.

Teaching the Latest Research on Long Island Sound Climate Science to Your Students - Aug 18

What is the impact of sea-level rise on Long Island Sound’s coastal marshes? How can wetlands help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and nutrients discharging into the Sound? If you think your students would want to know the answers, a webinar scheduled this August might be for you. It is being led by Dr. Beth Lawrence, a University of Connecticut wetland and plant ecologist, and Kimberly “Ly” Williams, a Smithtown High School teacher in Long Island who collaborated with Lawrence to create a teaching module based on Lawrence’s research. 

The Long Island Sound Study, through its partners New York Sea Grant and NEIWPCC, is sponsoring the professional development webinar.

In the webinar, Lawrence will discuss her research team’s findings and their management implications. Williams will provide teachers with an overview of the module, which features five days of interactive activities for grades 9-12 designed to be easily modified and delivered to different skill levels and audiences. The module can be found at:

Webinar Details

·         Date: August 18, 2020

·         Time: 10 AM - 11 AM 

·         Registration: REGISTER HERE to receive the link.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits will be offered free of charge through Mercy College. For more information or questions, please contact Jimena Perez-Viscasillas at

Join CSTA for the Fall 2020 Webinar Week: Socially Distanced Science!!!

From August 17 - 20, we will present 2 live sessions a day featuring different topics to support distanced teaching and learning.

Click here to learn more about each Session.

Click here to Register.

The East Bay Educational Collaborative announces two Office of Naval Research grants available for teams of two high school STEM teachers starting this August. Both grants include information for teachers to use online resources that can be taught virtually, in person or as a hybrid.  The first grant is for A Natural Approach to Chemistry curriculum, worth $20K and the second is for a series of online STEM resources (JASON learningScoutlier and Lab-Aids), worth $10K. Links to the online applications are here for the chemistry curriculum and here for the STEM resources.  Please visit for more information or email

Case Study. "Last Spring during distance learning, Scoutlier improved the rates with which students attempted new assignments and submitted correct responses. Teacher time was reduced and Scoutlier enabled efficient credit recovery for previously assigned work."

New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) Virtual conference - Aug 10-12 - Program

The 2020 NEACT Summer Conference will be held August 10-12, 2020. 
For the first time ever, this event will happen online.   At this time, you must be a NEACT member to register online. Please create or update your user account at the NEACT website before registering for the conference. 
Registraton to this summer's virtual conference includes keynote addresses, workshops, break-out small group sessions, informal "coffee house" and "happy hour" meetings, networking events, vendor programs, raffles, and Google Drive conference file share.   
Online registration is strongly encouraged.  If you are paying with a school purchase order, please contact Kathy Siok directly.  A print version of the registration form is available under the "2020 Conference Info" tab.

School Year 2019-2020

More information for NGSS Assessment workshop

Free!   Register at bitly/CTConvosKillingly 


Code Haven’s annual conference TeachTech will be held on January 25, 2020 at Yale University! 

TeachTech is a free conference that aims to help middle school teachers incorporate computer science into their curriculum. Many teachers are interested in teaching CS in their classes, but lack the CS knowledge or resources to do so. At TeachTech, we bring together teachers, administrators, and other educators from New Haven and the surrounding area and equip them with CS curriculum resources, talks from diverse CS education leaders, and learnings from our own experiences teaching CS to middle schoolers.

A bit more about us, Code Haven is a Yale student-run organization that focuses on increasing access to computer science among middle school students. We currently teach introductory computer science in seven classrooms across New Haven. With limited resources, Code Haven is limited in the number of classrooms we can reach in a given year. TeachTeach is a way of extending our impact and reaching teachers in schools we don’t have the capacity to teach at.

TeachTech 2020 is January 25th on Yale’s Campus. The event is 100% free and also includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out our interest form and we will follow up with more details and tickets as the event approaches

If you are interested in speaking at the event or know someone who would be, please reach out to us at

JASON Learning

Workshops Dates for Connecticut Coming Up 

JASON for Elementary Workshop (Grades 3-5) – New offering! (3 locations to choose from)

October 22, 2019 – CT Science Center, Hartford (8:30am-3:30pm)

December 5, 2019   - LEARN, Old lyme (8:30am-3:30pm)

February 26, 2020 – Eastconn, Hampton (9am-3:30pm)

World of Waves Workshop (Grades 4, 6-8)

Save the Date - November 19, 2019 – Sacred Heart University, Fairfield (8:30am-3:30pm). Registration coming soon.

Climate Workshop (Grades 6-8)

November 12, 2019 – Eastconn, Hampton, CT (9am-3:30pm)


Live EventsJASON’s live events are free and open to the public. Participants may submit questions for our STEM role model guests before and during each live event.

JASON Learning Live Event with  Shifting Landscapes: Studying the Impacts of Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Dr. Lynn Sweet will discuss her career path and her research studying shifts in vegetation due to climate change in Joshua Tree National Park. 

Election Day Science Professional Development at Mystic Seaport Museum's Treworgy Planetarium!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9 am - 3 pm

Mystic Seaport Museum invites science teachers of all grade levels to join us for a special day of professional development on November 5, 2019. This full-day event will be hosted by the Museum’s Treworgy Planetarium, and will feature a series of workshops about creating hands-on, immersive lessons for Earth and Space Science units that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Keynote speaker Dr. Philip Sadler, F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in the Department of Astronomy and Director, Science Education Department at Harvard University will speak on "Students' Scientific Misconceptions: What They Are, Where They Come From, and What To Do About Them."  As the state-wide adoption of NGSS continues, formal and informal science educators are challenged to re-imagine the process by which students learn science. Critical thinking, problem solving, and charting one’s own course from problem to solution are all crucial components of NGSS. At this special Election Day event, Mystic Seaport Museum will share some of the programs and activities that we offer to accomplish the goals of NGSS, and will empower attending teachers to create their own hands-on experiences for their students.  A $25 registration fee includes the workshops and keynote address as well as lunch.  Register today!

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. 

The next cohort will be forming this winter.   Register to be notified!

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.

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