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

 We are pleased to be one of the co-sponsors of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group's Symposium on October 4 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Student Union at the Storrs Campus of UCONN.   Teachers and their student are welcome.  

The theme of the symposium is "Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times: Achieving More with Less".  Keynote speaker, Judy Preston, Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator with the Connecticut Sea Grant, will present, “Raising the Bar on Sustainability: Restoration for Property Owners and Maximizing Plant Functionality.”

Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:

·          Introduction to Invasive Plant Management - Panel discussion with various experts.

·          The Nursery Industry and Non-Invasive Alternatives – Panel discussion on the role of nurseries

·          Early Detection and Invasive Plant Risk Assessment – How to address newly introduced plants

·          Advanced Invasive Plant Management – Cost/benefit analysis of management options

·          Innovative Invasive Plant Technologies – New technologies to report and learn about invasives

·          Native Alternatives and Pollinators – Planning your native plant garden

Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day. 

More information

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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