2017 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute

Dimensions and Dynamos: Leading for Success in a Transitional Era of New Standards and Technology

June 28-July 1, 2017
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

The 2017 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute, “Dimensions and Dynamos: Leading for Success in a Transitional Era of New Standards and Technology “, will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, from Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1, 2017. The focus of our work will braid together three important facets of the work for science leadership:

  1. Cultivating Three Dimensional Learning In States, Districts and Schools (with NSTA)
  2. Leadership in Aligning Technology with Standards-based Learning
  3. Become a Dynamo in your Community: Create an Ecosystem of STEM Learning

Early Bird Registration ends June 1.  Save $130 and register now! 
Registration and other details at http://nsela.net/sli/

Registration for summer professional learning workshops is open

Led by experienced Code.org facilitators, we offer K-5 teachers a no cost, one-day workshop in Computer Science Fundamentals. Our workshops receive rave reviews, and are open to any K-5 teacher - no computer background needed. Integrate computer science once a week in your classroom with our 20-hour courses for beginners. You’ll learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to the youngest learners and you’ll also receive all the supplies you need to teach!

Computer science is key to opening so many doors for students in today’s world, and this movement is just getting started, thanks to you! Half a million passionate teachers like you have already signed up on Code.org to make sure students have every opportunity to succeed. Take another step to grow K-12 computer science today!

MAST Announces Professional Development Grants application deadline: May 20, 2017

The Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant

This year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves and that has the potential to be of use/value for their students and science education. 

For more information, please go to our Awards and Grants page.


Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) 

As a benefit to membership, MAST has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning. This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members, and this year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education.

For more information, please go to our Awards and Grants page.

Paid PD Opportunity at ComSciCon!

BiteScis Professional Development at ComSCiCon

Calling all science educators! High school science teachers from any Boston-area institution (public or private school) are invited to apply for the June 2017 Communicating Science Workshop K12 Session run by the BiteScis team! This workshop will take place Saturday, June 10th from 8:30 am–5:00 pm in Cambridge, MA.

This unique professional development experience will provide educators with a fantastic opportunity to meet young leaders in science communication and come away with material you can use in your classroom. The workshop attendees will work with graduate students in STEM disciplines to produce readings and an innovative lesson plan using current cutting edge research and data. This event is an exciting opportunity for educators to work directly with scientists to develop methods for communicating complex technical concepts to a 9–12 audience. Our goal is for you to walk away with something you can use in your classroom.

Application, registration, and attendance to the workshop is free of charge for accepted applicants. Please note that we are unable to provide travel support this year. In order to attend you must be located in the Boston area, or be willing to fund your own travel to and from Cambridge.

All applicants selected to attend will receive a $250 stipend.  Please pass this information on to other teachers who may be interested!

Applications will close Friday, May 19th at 11:59 pm.  Selected educators will be notified by May 26th.

Professional Development offered at BSU

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering the following opportunities for teachers.  Additional details and links to register for all programs below can be found online at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-teachers 

  • The Great American Solar Eclipse
  • Open Lab Night for High School and Middle School Teachers
  • Macro to Micro Professional Development for Teachers
  • CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules
  • BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Cancer Biology

MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes

MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes provide grades 3-12 educators with opportunities to explore STEM content through inquiry-based activities and visits to field trip sites. All activities are designed to help educators meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.

Computer Modeling Institute For details and to register, visit: http://mits.org/summer-2017-opportunity-computer-modeling-institute/

Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-cape-cod-region/

New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-metrowest-region/

Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-north-shore-region/

From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-southeast-region/

Exploring the Berkshires: From the Top of its Mountains to the Bottom of its Ponds:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-berkshire-region/

Science in the Field: Utilizing Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institute-middlesex-region/


The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” Albert Einstein

Tufts Departments of Education and Physics & Astronomy offer a series of graduate-level courses for K-8 science educators focused on doing science. That’s the “practices” part of the new MA Framework and Dimension 1 of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Take a Class

The first course begins this spring: Experiencing Scientific Inquiry. It will be mostly online, with three in-person meetings at Tufts.

Learn more about the first course >

Teachers interested in continuing their education may register for the full three-course sequence on teaching scientific inquiry.

Learn about the course sequence >

Earn a Certificate

After completing the first course, students may apply to the Science Education Certificate Program. Credit earned in the first online course will be transferred into this program. Request more information by emailing Certificates@tufts.edu.