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.   To stay informed about upcoming PD subscribe to our list serve.  Opportunities can also be found in our CSTA newsletter and the monthly Science Matters

Sun, Moon and Earth: A Rare Glimpse of Eclipse Phenomenon!

Middle School Science NGSS Professional Development

Saturday, August 19th, 10:00 – 3:00

Talcott Mountain Science Center, 324 Montevideo Road, Avon, CT

Anchoring NGSS learning to relevant scientific phenomena has been encouraged by national leaders.  On Monday, August 21st, an eclipse of the sun will be observable from coast to coast, providing opportunity for students and teachers alike to directly observe a rare phenomenon.

The spectacular event is opportune as middle school teachers across Connecticut begin to develop and pilot NGSS-congruent classroom tasks.  In this five-hour NESTA-hosted professional development event, middle school teachers will explore and co-develop classroom activities to facilitate students’ ability to demonstrate an NGSS performance expectation (MS-ESS1-1).  Topics include safe observing methods (Engineering Design), classroom modeling of phenomenon, and research-based strategies to support argumentation.

Lunch, door prizes (Galileoscopes, radiometers), and professional development certificates will be provided.


Member of one of the organizations listed below?  Use code “nestact” for the 25% discount off the $20 fee.  

  • ·       American Association of Physics Teachers – New England Section
  • ·       Connecticut Science Teachers Association
  • ·       Connecticut Science Supervisors Association
  • ·       National Earth Science Teachers Association

Register by Friday, August

 Contact Information:

Harvard Forests: Summer Institute for Teachers


Teaching the Genome Generation Workshop

 This workshop will provide middle school science teachers with Jackson Lab's philosophy on teaching genetics and genomics.  Presenters have been trained through Jackson Lab's Teaching the Genome Generation.  It will engage participants in activities that will allow for a deeper understanding of Genomics and how it differentiates from Mendelian Genetics. Participants will explore tools used by scientists in the field and will be provided with teaching resources to implement Genomics study into the curriculum. Please sign up using the following link. Deadline June 20th. The workshop will take place at Farmington High School on June 28th from 8:30 am until 12 pm.  More information

Summer STEAM Workshop at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Gain concrete tools for integrating science, math and the visual arts during this full-day STEAM workshop designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.  Join educators from the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Connecticut Science Center for hands-on sessions and resources that can be directly applied to your class and art room teaching.  The day kicks off with a keynote presentation by Amy McCooe, CEO and Co-Founder of Level Up Village, a social impact company pioneering Global STEAM enrichment courses.   Certificates of Professional Development provided, 5 hours on task. June 26, 9-3:30  $35, $30 for museum and CAEA members. Lunch included. More information and application

How to Use Phenomena to Drive Instruction: An NGSS Transition Workshop at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk 

July 6 & 7, 2017

Application Deadline: June 23

Registration Fee: $50 

Teachers, are you ready for the Next Generation Science Standards? Learn how to structure your current lessons and teaching around anchoring phenomena. This two-day workshop will teach you how to unpack the new standards, discuss how to identify engaging phenomenon and how to structure lessons and units around them. Time to work on transforming current units will be included. 

Open to classroom teachers, grades K-5. Participants are encouraged to apply with grade-level peers. Limited to 20 participants. Lunch and a light breakfast are included. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a stipend of $150.  More information and application

American Museum of Natural History - Summer Institute: Five Tools for NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) challenge teachers to think deeply about learning and teaching with the goal of developing a clear vision of science education that is coherent, focused, and rigorous. This five day institute will share a set of tools and processes that help deepen teachers’ knowledge and enable them to translate the NGSS into instructional sequences that will engage students in using science and engineering practices and that highlight the crosscutting concepts.  July 10 - July 14, 2017 , 8:30 - 3:30  Cost: $250.00 per person includes breakfast and lunch for the week along with a set of books and other related materials.  More Information and application

Join SENEME and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for a fun and educational day at the Aquarium on June 3.  Our day will start out with a Marine-Life Cruise aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound from 10:30-12:30, then network with fellow educators during a delicious lunch.  The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the Aquarium.  

Sign up soon as space is limited!

  • Registration limited to a SENEME member and 1 guest.
  • Passengers must be 42" for cruise.  
  • Parking and lunch is included in the registration fee.
  • Non-member rate ($50) includes SENEME yearly membership, if desired.
More information

    Project Learning Tree Workshop

    May 11, 9-3 pm. Goodwin Conservation Center, Hampton, CT  

    Connect students to nature AND teach the standards!

    *Be engaged in a workshop for formal and non-formal educators

    *Investigate environmental topics with indoor and outdoor activities

    *Receive PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, correlated to state and national academic standards

    $40   Contact Beth Bernard,     More information

    Climate Science & Education Professional Development Workshop: Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

    University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13, 2017.  NOAA's Climate Stewards EducationProgram (CSEP)  and Connecticut Sea Grant are collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a climate science and education workshop for formal and informal educators. Participants will learn from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts. The workshop will focus on topics of climate science and resilience strategies for the northeast region of the United States, with a goal of connecting educators and their students and/or audiences to the best available science-based information and pedagogic resources.   Cost $40.  Click here to register for the workshop.

    “Why NGSS?”

    The Connecticut State Department of Education and its Next Generation Science Standards implementation partner, the Connecticut Science Center, invite K-12 educators who are fairly new to the NGSS to join us for a two-day awareness PD that is offered free through June. Breakfast, lunch, and parking are included. This professional development is introductory in nature and not recommended for those who have had multiple days of pedagogy-intensive NGSS PD.

    • New Milford: Sarah Noble Intermediate School – April 25 & 26
    • Litchfield: EdAdvance – May 15 & 16
    • Westport: Staples High School – May 23 & 24
    • Southington: Board of Education – June 7 & 8

     For more available dates and to register for this free opportunity:

    NGSX: Next Gen Science Exemplar System

    For a deeper dive into core Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards, the Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) offers 36 hours of immersive professional development designed to help K-12 science educators apply pedagogical shifts described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS to their own teaching. NGSX brings the expertise of Framework authors, experts in teacher learning, and specially-trained PD facilitators to science educators across Connecticut. The workshop fee includes breakfast, lunch, and parking (where applicable). Special pricing is available for Alliance Districts through June.

    There are a number of study groups currently open for enrollment:

    • Fairfield: Fairfield Board of Education – June 26 – 30
    • Old Lyme: LEARN Regional Education Service Center – June 26 – 30
    • Litchfield: EdAdvance  - June 26 – 30
    • Hartford: CT Science Center – July 17 – 21
    • Shelton: Shelton Board of Education – July 17 - 21

    For a full list of available dates and to register:   



     Looking for a free resource for NGSS science? Next Generation Science-CT known as the NGSS Short Course is an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a broad overview of the changes to science teaching and learning envisioned in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012).  No-cost; web-based; self-paced; this is an excellent opportunities to develop a PLC regarding NGSS. The eleven (11) modules that are complete will provide many hours of instruction.

    The link is as follows: 

    NASA Dream2Explore Educator Professional Development Workshop

     Grade 6-9 educators are encouraged to apply.  The workshop will take place at NASA Goddard from June 26-30, 2017.  Application and information.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 


    New England Science and Sailings Teacher Professional Development - Flyer

    Adventure Field Science - May 7 2017 - Barn Island, Stonington, CT  Marsh Exploration and Forest Dynamics  

                                                 June 4, 2017 Boat Day - Sandy Point Bird Population Studies and Snorkeling 

    Break Out of the Classroom - March 20, 2017 Physical Oceanography - Data analysis and graphing

                                                       April 17, 2017 Kayak Adventures - Density Dynamics and Boat Building

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