Wade Institute for Science Education 2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Engaging Your Students in the Science and Engineering Practices

Join the  Wade Institute for Science Education for a hands-on, minds-on, STEM-focused professional development institute this summer. Spend a week engaging in field and classroom investigations on-site at multiple partner organizations, and experience effective, inquiry-based science learning!  

Berkshire Region One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators 
Thinkers and Tinkerers: Using Biomimicry to Teach Engineering and Life Science 
Southeast Region One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Inquiry and Innovation: How Science Informs Engineering Solutions

North Central Region One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators 
Exploring Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges Through Green Chemistry, Biomimicry and Real World Technologies 
Cape Cod Region One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators 
Go Under the Sea with STEM: Investigating Marine Life From Open Ocean to Coastal Shores

Regions: Berkshire, Cape Cod, North Central, Southeast   
Dates: Weekdays, July 8-12 or July 15-19

Cost: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending with 1 other teacher from your school district; $375 per participant if attending with 2 or more teachers from your school district)

PDPs: PDPs and optional Graduate Credit are available in all regions.

Registration Deadline: June 14th, 2019

Register online :  http://wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12

Summer 2019 Modeling Instruction workshops Biology ✻ Chemistry ✻ Physics ✻ Middle School Science

The early registration deadline is April 30th - last chance to sign up at a discounted rate!

Earn 67.5 PDPs for recertification (good for both content and pedagogy), with an option to earn graduate credits toward professional licensure or salary lane changes.  
Learn more and register:https://www.stemteachersmassbay.org/workshop-registration

Dates: July 8-19 (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm)

Location: Needham High School 


  • Early Registration fee (enroll and pay by April 30): $850

  • Regular Registration fee (enroll May 1 or later) $950

PDPs & Graduate Credits: All participants who complete the workshop will receive 67.5 PDPs. For an additional fee, participants may opt to earn 3 graduate credits (expected fee is $225 through Framingham State, which will be collected on the first day of the workshop).

Clean Energy, Climate Change and You

Professional Development Workshop For Educators of Students in Grades 6-12

July 30-August 1, 2019

Location: Norfolk County Agricultural High School 400 Main Street Walpole, MA 02081

Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Registration Fee: $75

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about clean energy and the environment. This hands-on workshop will provide teachers with knowledge, skills, curriculum, resources, and equipment to bring back to their classroom.

***A light breakfast will be provided daily.

***Participating teachers will earn PDP’s.

***10 participating schools will receive 3 educational carts, valued at $3,700, to bring back to their school; one photovoltaic, one solar-thermal, and one mini-wind turbine.

***All participants will take a field trip to a net-zero house.

Workshop Topics Include:

» How to teach energy materials

» What to teach - What’s important and why

» Climate Change, The Greenhouse Effect, & the Keeling Curve

» Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

» The albedo Effect, Polar Ice, and Sea Level Rise

» Tools of the Trade » Energy Use Index

» Data collection, analysis, and presentation

» Importance of hands on Learning

» Resource Sharing

Sponsored by: Norfolk County Agricultural High School

Pre-registration is required: https://goo.gl/forms/h9Pd32SHkqVwcqs43

WPI STEM Education Center

Summer STEM PD for Educators

Registration is open
Want to STEM up your summer? Join one of the STEM/STEAM focused summer PDs taking place at WPI: robotics for educators, engineering stories, makerspaces, modeling, STEM Educator Certificate Course, and more. Learn more and register (scroll down for summer PDs)...

Hiring: AmeriCorps VISTA at WPI

To start July 2019; Applications due May 1
The STEM Education Center and Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs offices at WPI are hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2019-2020 year. This individual will help to build the infrastructure and capacity at WPI to sustainably and effectively support PreK-12 students, educators, and families in the greater Worcester County region with equitable access to high-quality, integrated, and inclusive STEM education opportunities. Learn more and apply by May 1...


May 15 & 16, 4:00-6:30pm
Join a group of STEM enthusiasts to connect, laugh, and do STEM. The MS/HS teacher STEM Club will focus on the STE practice of Modeling and the ELEM teacher STEM Club will “Explore Electricity!” Visit our webpage to find out more and join the fun.

TouchTomorrow 2019: Workshops for Educators 

Saturday, June 8 at WPI
The STEM Education Center will offer free STEM workshops for PreK-12 educators during WPI’s eighth annual TouchTomorrow festival. Join us to learn about: 1) bringing STEM to your students through engineering challenges, and 2) the many opportunities to engage with the STEM Education Center at WPI or in your school. These free workshops are limited to 20 participants and require pre-registration. Learn more and register...

Massachusetts Science and Math Institute

June 11, 9:00am-3:00pm
Join fellow science and math teachers at the Massachusetts Science and Math Institute on June 11 at WPI. The Institute will feature high-quality and standard-aligned curricular tasks developed by the STEM Ambassadors and their teams from all regions of the Commonwealth. The Institute is free, but requires advance registration; space is limited. Learn more and register...

T3™ Summer Workshops for Teachers

June 25, 26, and 27 at Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at WPI
The following T3™ workshops will be offered in Worcester to enhance technology skills, strengthen teaching practices, and deepen content knowledge. Learn more and register...
June 25     Learning to Code with the TI-84 Plus family of Graphing Calculators
June 26     Learning to Code with the TI-Innovator™ Hub
June 27     Implementing TI-Innovator™ Rover in the Mathematics Classroom  

PLTW Networking Conference

Save The Date - October 21, 2019
We are excited to announce that the annual fall PLTW conference will be hosted at WPI on 10/21/19 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Attendees will get the opportunity to network with peers, learn key content support and best practices to use.

PLTW Awards for Outstanding Teachers and Administrators

Nominations are now being accepted for outstanding Massachusetts PLTW teachers and administrators. Once again we will be recognizing these awardees at our annual fall PLTW Networking Conference, for the positive impact they are having on students by providing transformative learning experiences. Learn more and access the nomination forms...

Announcing the Central MA STEM Network Ecosystem

The Central Massachusetts STEM Network (CMSN), under the leadership of the STEM Education Center at WPI, is proud to have been named 1 of 15 new ecosystems to join the global movement devoted to “improving STEM literacy, ensuring a strong workforce and global competitiveness for all, and an important means to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in a thriving STEM workforce.” STEM Learning Ecosystems build meaningful regional connections among educators, museums, business and industry partners, after-school and summer programs, to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Read the full announcement for more details. If you are interested in joining the Central MA STEM Network Ecosystem complete the brief form at the bottom of the CMSN webpage.

Residential Summer Workshops at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering The daVinci Project

July 15-19, 2019

 Introducing our students to engineering is a national need.  Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems.  The UConn School of Engineering is holding its 19th annual daVinci Project.   It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 15-19.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 8 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant.  Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration!  We have 33 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district. Workshop links below.


1.     Innovative Underwater Robotics for STEM projects – 8 Fellowships available

2.     Mathematical Optimization with Applications to Smart Grid and Intelligent Buildings –10 Fellowships available

3.    Understanding Pain: Sensory and emotional stimulus to your brain  – 2 Fellowships available

4.    Bioinformatics: Using Computer Science to Understand Life – 3 Fellowships available

5.    Monitoring and Maintaining Stream Health in a Developed Watershed - 2 Fellowships available

6.    Air Quality and Health: Building an Air Pollution Measurement Device with an Arduino® – 2 Fellowships available

7.    From Geometry to Algorithms – 4 Fellowships available

8.    Robots: Use in Industry and Elderly Assistance – 2 Fellowships available

 An on-line 2019 application and more information can be accessed at http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/davinci/

 Registration deadline: June 15, 2019.

Confirmation will be sent after your registration is received.

If you have questions or need further information please contact us at engr-edpsw@uconn.edu or 860-486-5536. 



July 15th—18th, 2019
University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center
Narragansett, Rhode Island

The 2019 REcharge Academy has been announced!  This year we will be holding a four-day Academy in partnership with University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center, the GEMSnet Program, WINDWINRI, RealJobsRI and the North Kingstown RI Chamber. This year our Academy will focus on wind power, specifically the future of offshore wind. You can plan on packed days learning about the politics, technologies and economics of wind energy coupled with a range of engaging activities you can use with your students around wind energy.  The last day includes a trip on the RI Fast Ferry to visit America’s first wind farm off of Block Island, RI. Scholarships are being announced on a rolling basis - it's never to early to sign up! Sign up on the Register page.

Tufts University’s Teacher Engineering Education Program

Tufts University’s Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP), which is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester. You can apply today for the certificate program or take one course this Fall to see what you think before applying to the full program!

Courses are $1,000 each (content courses have a $100 lab fee). The program runs over 4 semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Courses are online, affordable, and flexible to help fit into the busy schedules of teachers.

Apply today at our website: teep.tufts.edu or email teep@tufts.edu with any questions!

Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair


Teach "Real World" Science & Engineering Practices

Special Offering of Professional Development Courses!

 From MSEF's Curious Minds Initiative (CMI)

TSIP - Teaching Science through the Inquiry Process

Practical Strategies to infuse more science & engineering practices into your teaching

June 24-June 28 & November 16, 2019

CLICK HERE to view the TSIP video

*Online Course on ZOOM!!

GRIPS - Guiding Research and Innovation Projects by Students

Tools to guide student research & manage your “Science Fair Program”

Five Online Sessions, 4-6:30pm: March 11, 12, 14,18 & 19, 2019

PCS - Project-based Classroom Science

Develop project-based units to teach science and engineering concepts

Available In Your District - Contact Us to Learn More

Open to STEM teachers grades 6-12

Complete all three graduate-credit CMI Courses & earn the STEM Certificate in

Science & Engineering Practices


Invention Education Summer Workshop - Massachusetts


July 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM to July 31, 2019 - 5:00 PM


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Educating for Creativity and Inventiveness

The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers for twenty five years. We are now working to share what we have learned with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets is critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

Who should attend: Educators of all grade levels, after school professionals, or other educators who want to enrich students' educational experience through invention. 

What will you learn: The workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on our website here.

Why participate with us: We have helped 243 high school teachers and student teams across the country learn to invent. Case studies and research publications offer evidence that our approach to invention education helps students develop confidence in their ability to engage in STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways, even if they have had little exposure in the past to STEM. Our evidence-based model also transforms educators’ approach to teaching and facilitating student learning, and helps schools and districts make connections to STEM professionals in their communities and other community supporters. You can read our case studies and published research here.

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials. Space is limited to 30 educators at each site. We will maintain a waitlist once the registration limit is reached.

Contact: Email Emily Meehan if you have any questions. You can also contact her directly at 617-253-3410.

Code.org computer science workshops now available in Massachusetts

Did you know that there are Code.org professional learning workshops for teachers here in Massachusetts? Applications are currently open for the 2019-20 Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers.

Here in Massachusetts, there are over 16,800 open computing jobs. However, last year only 4,181 students took the AP Computer Science exam. Looking beyond jobs in tech, computer science opens up more opportunities than any other discipline and ensures students are well prepared for the future, no matter what field they pursue. All students deserve the opportunity to learn and it can start in your school — with you!

Designed to support middle and high school teachers before and during their first year teaching Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles, the Code.org Professional Learning Program begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop followed by four additional sessions throughout the year. Best of all? No previous experience teaching computer science is needed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We look forward to reviewing your application and to seeing you at a Code.org workshop soon!

Elementary School Teachers
We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up year-round for our no-cost, high-quality one-day professional development workshops for Computer Science Fundamentals courses from an experienced computer science facilitator.

Ready to take your leadership to the next level?
Applications are now available for our next cohort of Code.org facilitators!

Code.org's Facilitator Development Program is a highly-selective professional learning program designed to prepare and support facilitators to deliver quality workshops on Code.org's curriculum. We're looking to partner with enthusiastic educators to help deliver in-person workshops for CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries, and CS Principles teachers in the 2019-2020 school year. 

Be sure to read through the 2019-20 Facilitator Development Program Overview for details about the specific program commitments, and apply today!

2019 Modeling Workshops

 The winter break is over and it is time to start making summer plans, summer professional development plans included! Modeling Workshops are hosted each summer all over the country and we are still trying to get to other nations as well. Workshops are typically 2 or 3 weeks long to learn how to use the Modeling pedagogy in the different disciplines. You as teacher, will take on the role of your students, to experience what they will do with this different learning (and teaching) style and after activities, in teacher-mode you will debrief with the leaders who are also classroom teachers and know what works (and does not work) in their own classrooms.

For more information on Modeling Instruction, please visit our website:https://modelinginstruction.org/ or https://www.phystec.org/pd/?set=Modeling

July 8-19 – Chemistry I and II, Biology, Middle School and CASTLE at Needham High School, Needham MA

Contact STEMteachersMassBay: info@stemteachersmassbay.org

Information: https://tinyurl.com/MassModeling2019

July 15-25 -- Mechanics at Merrimack College, New Andover

July 29- August 9 -- E&M at Merrimack College


Contact Darren Broder dbroder@siena.edu

American Meteorological Society (AMS) to offer distance learning professional development courses

With generous federal grant support, AMS is able to offer distance learning professional development courses to teachers for only the academic fee of $105 per course (which includes all course text materials).  Each course offers three graduate credits.  The three courses are DataStreme Atmosphere, DataStreme Ocean, and DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, and more information on each is provided here: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/education-careers/education-program/k-12-teachers/datastreme-program/.  These courses provide terrific foundational knowledge that can help teachers better present these scientific subjects in support of the state science requirements.

(This spring is the last semester our funding will allow us to offer the courses at a fee of $105.  Starting in fall of 2019, the fees will rise to $450 – which is still a great deal for three graduate credits, but not as great as what we can offer the spring semester starting this January.)