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Last updated: May 11, 2015

New Engineering Education Training For Middle And High School Teachers

Are you a high school or middle school teacher interested in teaching your students engineering through the fascinating world of biomimicry? Join the Center for Learning with Nature and the Biomimicry Institute this summer for one week of professional development to learn how to use the new Engineering Inspired by Nature curriculum.
• A fascinating, solution-oriented, cutting-edge way to teach engineering innovation
• Modular and scalable to fit different school curricula structures, up to one semester in length (30-45 hrs)
• Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards
• Great results, empirically demonstrated

This free, one-week, face-to-face synchronous online training is an opportunity to learn how to teach your students engineering in a way that will change their lives. To learn more and apply, visit: http://biomimicry.org/engineering-course/

Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High School Teachers

Personal Genetics Education Project
July 28 - 30, 2015
9:00am – 3:30pm
Boston, MA
Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $50 (early bird price until 5/31/15); $60 beginning 6/1/15 (scholarships available)

Personal Genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

New genetic technologies are impacting peoples’ lives every day. Current high school students are among the first generation that will have unprecedented access to information about their DNA. How can we prepare students to make informed choices for themselves and for society as a whole?

This three-day interdisciplinary training for teachers will be an introduction to personal genetics and its impact on society. We create interactive lessons that engage students in discussions about the potential benefits and implications of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they could be impacted. We combine accurate scientific content with the real-world impact on people and the choices they may face.

Through workshop-style sessions, we will look at examples of the hopes, realities and controversies in personal genetics. We will start with an overview: Why is genetics getting more personal? What has been happening, scientifically and technologically, since the completion of the Human Genome Project? Starting with scientific questions and concepts, we will make connections to real world opportunities and conundrums your students and their families will face in the coming years.

Topics to be covered: Advances in personal genetics, the intersection of athletics and genetics, genetics and aggression/complex human behavior, reproductive genetics, low cost genetic testing, the history of eugenics and future of genetics, crime and DNA, and critical thinking as it applies to assessing genetic risk factors.

Content Area: Biology, Health, Social Studies, Genetics, and Bioethics; grades 8 – 12

To register, click here. For more information, click here or email Lauren Tomaselli at ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu, or call (617) 432-1797. Visit our website at www.pged.org for more information about our project.

Some comments from teachers about a workshop we did at the New Hampshire Science Teachers’ Association Spring Conference:
“Best workshop of the day, excellent intro to topic, knowledgeable presenters, informative, most intellectually stimulating of day,” “Great, fabulous, doing activities right away,” “Awesome.”

Science Program Volunteer Needed

The Seven Trees Branch of the San Jose Public Library is looking for a volunteer to run a science program in Fall 2015. The program will consist of six sessions – one a week over a six week period. Each session will meet after school for an hour to an hour and a half. A cohort of 20 3rd graders will be signed up for the entire series. The library will pay for any materials needed for the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Randall Studstill at randall.studstill@sjlibrary.org or call 408-808-3030 or 408-808-3056. We look forward to hearing from you!

Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Master’s Program

Applications are now being accepted for 2015 field courses and the Global Field Master's Program, which offers groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand.

Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org/14-15_news

Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu/14-15_news

Applicants may be interested in Project Dragonfly's additional master's degree, the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), co-delivered with premier learning institutions in select U.S. cities. Current AIP sites are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle. For more information, please visit http://aip.miamioh.edu/14-15_news.

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate programs worldwide. Dragonfly is housed at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809 and listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.

CONTACT: Mary Jo Lahrmann Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056 513.529.8573, lahrmamj@miamioh.edu.

Marine Education Fellowship for Teachers

Ecology Project International (www.ecologyproject.org) is a non-profit science education and student travel organization that also offers professional development opportunities for science teachers. We operate hands-on student field programs in Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Panama, and Ecuador. In the spring of 2015, we will host up to 36 science teachers from across the U.S. on our 3rd annual Marine Education Fellowship in Baja and Costa Rica.

We're excited to share this opportunity with teachers, and our application is now open!

For complete detailed information visit the Fellowship website: http://www.ecologyproject.org/promo/fellowship

New Master's Program for Science Teachers at UC Irvine

Announcing an exciting opportunity to obtain a truly innovative advanced degree designed especially for science teachers. The University of California at Irvine is offering a new Master's of Science program in Biological Sciences and Educational Media Design (UCI M.S. BSEMD), tailored to meet the needs of working science teachers. Gain Master's-level expertise in biological science content knowledge, advanced pedagogical methods, and cutting-edge media production techniques. Core courses are conveniently offered during the evenings, and electives can be chosen to fit your desired focus and schedule on a full-time or part-time basis. UC Irvine is proud to support the California community of teachers with this rigorous new program and applications are now being accepted for admission this coming Fall. (BSEMD Commercial Video)

Juice From Juice: A Cross-cutting Concepts Workshop on Solar Engineering Presented at Caltech

Free professional development workshops offered on either October 11, 2014, Jan 31, 2015, March 28, 2015 or May 9, 2015. The workshops are presented by Caltech's NSF funded Center for Chemical Innovation in Solar Fuels. The project, titled "Juice from Juice", provides instruction on 4 lessons relating to solar and renewable energy. Participants learn to make their own dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and practice three supporting lesson plans in chemistry, biology and physics. In addition, they can sign-up for a site visit from the Caltech researchers who run the workshop to help them implement the lessons in the classroom for the first time. Visit www.thesolararmy.org/jfromj to learn more about the project.

It's a fun, engaging workshop that will help bring current scientific research problems into the classroom in a hands-on, inquiry-based manner. To RSVP for one of the workshop dates or for more information, email juicefromjuice@caltech.edu or call (818) 515-6502. Hope to see you there!

English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze professional learning module (PLM) is now available online on the Brokers of Expertise California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) PLM Web page. This module is part of the CCSS for California Educators series and was developed in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley/California Writing Project. The module is available in two formats: online independent use and on-site blended group facilitation. Additional professional learning modules will become available in early summer.

Click here to access the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze professional learning module.

MAT@USC: University of Southern California’s online Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Teachers: Would you like to earn your MAT and teaching credential? -- At the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, we challenged ourselves to re-imagine our Master of Arts in Teaching program; to create a trailblazing curriculum that integrates rich, interactive online learning with intensive, school-based fieldwork experiences, no matter where students live -- the result is the MAT@USC, the same rigor as our traditional on-campus MAT program, conceived and built around an honest discussion about how to integrate theory effectively with classroom practice. For more information visit: Online Teaching Program

Teach California

Whether you are a student, changing careers, looking for a job, or are a teacher from another state or country, TEACH California has everything you need to know about teaching and how to become a California teacher. You'll find information about pay, jobs, credentialing, licensure and financial aid. You can even make and save your own personal career plan, and it's all free. Details can be found at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/

Amgen Scholarships Available for Science Teachers Pursuing National Board Certification

Amgen scholarships are available for science teachers pursuing National Board Certification, the most prestigious credential in the teaching profession. The Amgen Foundation is committing $1.5 million over three years to support science teachers in schools across the country who choose to obtain National Board Certification. Scholarships will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers in select communities. First priority will be given to science teachers teaching ages 11-18. If funding remains available, scholarships will also be awarded to elementary teachers teaching students ages 3-12 who are responsible for science instruction. Teachers from the following California couties may apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and Ventura. To apply visit: http://nbpts.org/scholarships.

Global Ozone (G03) Project

Teachers: Would you like to participate in an exciting new project for high school students, measuring ozone and meteorological parameters, and receive a free instrument package, valued at $5,000, for your school? In the GO3 Project, students around the world measure ozone and meteorological parameters outside their school and upload their data to an overlay in Google Earth to share with other students, teachers, and scientists around the world. Eighteen schools participating at the present time, including four international sister schools in Madrid, Moscow, Sydney, and Cairo. GO3 students are learning about environmental science while helping create the world's first ground-level ozone database. To learn more about the project, see the G03 website and 2-minute video at http://www.go3project.com.

Online Colleges

OnlineColleges.org is a nonprofit resource for students considering an online college for their associates, bachelors, masters or doctorate level degree. All the schools are listed on the front page and lead directly to each program, additionally they are sorted by state. Visit http://www.onlinecolleges.org/.

Masters in Education Guide

The Masters in Education Guide is an on-line directory of Masters in Education programs. Programs are searchable by subject matter, state, or type of degree (masters or doctorate). The site also offers informational articles and links to job opportunities. http://mastersineducationguide.com/

Online Education Degrees

Education degree.com includes over 20,000 teacher education degree and certificate programs, offered by over 1,700 colleges and school districts across the US, reviewed and compiled by hand from the college and district websites. Visit http://www.educationdegree.com for links and information.

Foundational Level General Science/Math Credentials

The School of Education at Sonoma State University will offer summer institutes for teachers who want to earn foundational level teaching credentials in science or mathematics. The general science teaching credential allows for teaching science at the junior high school level or basic high school science classes, but not college prep high school lab science classes. Check with Sonoma State University at http://www.sonoma.edu/education/ for more information.

Nominate a Distinguished Teacher

TEACH California seeks great science, math, and special ed. teachers to feature on their Distinguished Teachers” website. Featuring vignettes of California teachers, the site honors the thousands of great teachers in the state and allows them to share their thoughts on teaching. Requirements of the nominated teachers are: 1. they are GREAT teachers; 2. they are fully credentialed; and 3. they teach special education, mathematics, or science (the highest shortage areas). Get more information and find out how to nominate someone at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/.

Biology Teachers Needed to Lead Field Experiences

Since 1990, Save The Rainforest (STR ) has been sending groups of high school and middle school students to the rainforest reserves it helped create with donations from school children. Many of the biology teachers who have led these groups are retiring, and STR is looking for a new generation of biology teachers to take their students on field courses to the Galapagos, Amazon, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and Mexico. For more information contact Bruce Calhoun at (608) 729- 4877 or saverfn@cybermesa.com, or view STR's website at www.saverfn.org. STR is a non-profit organization.

Seminars on Science: Online Graduate Courses for Educators American Museum of Natural History

Seminars on Science offers online graduate courses in the life, earth, and physical sciences to educators throughout the country and abroad. Designed by the Museum specifically for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses the learner in an area of contemporary research. Educators come away with a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of scientific inquiry as well as an array of classroom resources. Courses are co-taught and led by Museum scientists and educators and feature rich web-based discussions. Each course is available for up to 4 graduate credits from leading institutions. Courses offered by the program include Evolution; The Solar System; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics and more. For more information on courses or to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=CASTA.

Science In Action Courses from the University of Nebraska

Science in Action courses are online courses that integrate the application of content and pedagogy in the biological, physical, and earth sciences. These courses are designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators who want to improve their content knowledge and ability to teach science. Course curricula align with state and national science standards. Available courses are Entomology, Natural Resources, Biotechnology, and Food Science and Technology. For more information, contact Cindy Larson-Miller at (402) 730-9691 or clarson@unlserve.unl.edu

National Science Resources Center’s Professional Development Center

The National Science Resources Center's Professional Development Center cordially invites you to take part in one or more unique and exciting professional development opportunities—the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers. Deepen your knowledge of life and/or physical science; gain special access to the scientists, curators, and educators of the Smithsonian Institution and other museums and research institutions; learn about the unparalleled resources available to teachers through the Smithsonian, earn three graduate credits from Montclair State University, New Jersey; inspire your students to greater understanding of how the world works. For more information visit http://www.nsrconline.org/professional_development/index.html.

University of Michigan and Northwestern University

As part of an NSF-funded research study, the University of Michigan and Northwestern University are offering free professional development to teachers who purchase It's About Time's Investigations in Environmental Science, a year-long, case-based environmental science curriculum. Teachers will receive 48 hours of free professional development along with a $1,500 stipend upon completion of the study. To learn more about the curriculum or to apply for the study, visit http://www.worldwatcher.northwestern.edu or contact Beth Kubitskey at kubitske@umich.edu.

Coast Alive! Teacher Institute at Monterey

Explore the Elkhorn Slough and nearby beaches while learning to incorporate stimulating, inquiry based, and multimedia curriculum in your middle or high school science classroom. The focus on experimental design will help you develop a hypothesis and conduct research in the best possible setting--the field! Return with students to design and conduct field studies. You will participate in hands-on local field investigations, receive a free Coast Alive!—Land-Sea Interface CD-ROM, use Coast Alive! materials, and earn a $500 stipend from California State Parks and the California Institute for Biodiversity. Enrollment will fill before the end of the school year. For upper elementary and middle school educators; 6 CSUMB academic quarter units. Registration fee without credit: $50. For details and to apply, visit http://www.EurekaSeries.org.

Council for Elementary Science International

The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) invites teachers to join the effort to improve science teaching. CESI has a website that provides members access to a variety of elementary science opportunities, including fellowships, grants, and science activities (from past Make-It and Take-It programs held at regional and national NSTA conventions). Newsletters and the CESI Journal are additional benefits that teachers will receive when choosing to join the organization. Memberships can be completed at the web site on-line at http://www.cesiscience.org/. Questions regarding membership and the CESI organization can be emailed to sumrall@olemiss.edu.