The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence

Bioscience Education and Outreach Program

Teacher Professional Development

Picture of several beakers filled with different colored liquidsThe Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) program is offered free of charge to middle and high school teachers throughout the state of Maryland. In order to become eligible to use this FREE program, teachers are required participate in one of our free training programs. Participation in one of these workshops qualifies middle and high school educators to borrow from the Maryland Loaner Lab program. The training is a 3-hour, hands-on workshop designed to allow educators to become familiar with the variety of equipment they will encounter when using the Loaner Lab Program.

Maryland Loaner Lab Training Goals

  • Participants will become familiar with and understand how to use the equipment provided in the MDLL activities.
  • Participants will be given an opportunity to discuss how to integrate MDLL activities into the current curriculum.
  • Listed below are three different options for attending a training workshop to qualify you to use the Loaner Lab. You only need to attend a training workshop once to be qualified for the program.

    1. Workshops at the Columbus Center

    Monthly training opportunities are offered at the SciTech Student Learning Lab, located in the Columbus Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. These hands-on workshops will introduce participants to the education and outreach programs, including the Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) and the SciTech Student Learning Lab located within Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence (TUCSE). TUCSE's education and outreach staff will guide participants through a selection of the lab modules offered by MDLL. Each lab will be discussed briefly and specific techniques will be performed by participants to familiarize them with the variety of equipment they will encounter when using the MDLL. Because the training session is only 3-hours, we are not able to focus deeply on the content within each lab. However each lab comes with extensive background material and that material is is available for browsing on the web at any time so that teachers may become familiar with the content that is taught in each activity. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be qualified to borrow any of the modules available through the MDLL program.

    Training sessions are generally once a month and are listed below. You can request a later start time if necessary to accommodate later school days and travel time. You must register at least one week before desired training date. We will send email confirmations for all requests we receive, so if you do not receive a reply indicating you are enrolled in a training session within 5 business days of submitting your form, please em ail and inquire about the status of your request.

    The schedule for 2014–2015:

    Date Time
    September 2, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    October 4, 2014 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    October 7, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    November 4, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    December 2, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    January 6, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    February 3, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    March 3, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    April 7, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    May 5, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    June 2, 2015 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    2. Custom MDLL Training Workshops

    If you can't make one of our regularly scheduled training sessions you may request a custom training date, either here at the Columbus Center or at your school. Please note that we require a minimum of 15 participants to schedule a custom training date and we need a 3-hour time block for the session. If you do not have fifteen science teachers at your school, reach out to neighboring schools and invite other teachers to join. To request a date of your choosing, click on the form found at the link below.

    3. Inquiry and the Framework Spring Professional Development Workshop

    Who: This professional development is tailored to, and therefore most beneficial for, middle or high school biology teachers although teachers of other science disciplines are welcome to apply.

    What: This four-day professional development workshop includes two full-day Saturday sessions and two evening follow-up meetings during the 2015 Spring semester. During the Saturday sessions, participants will explore ways to make their biology laboratory activities more inquiry-based, creating learning opportunities that are more authentic, engaging, and student-centered.

    During the two evening follow-up meetings, participants will reflect on the implementation of one of their 'new and improved' lessons and receive feedback from their colleagues. At the conclusion of the PD, participants will have several rigorous, ready-to-implement life science lessons that are aligned with both the Maryland State Curriculum as well as the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards.

    Where: All meetings will take place at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore (701 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 21202). Parking will be provided by Towson University.


    Day Date Time
    Saturday February 21, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday February 28, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday April 29, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.


    • Lean more about the 3-Dimensional model of teaching, described in the A Framework for K-12 Education, that is the foundation for the new Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Learn more about inquiry-based instruction and how it aligns with the Scientific and Engineering Practices that are at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Begin to explore the Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Participants who successfully complete the course, including full attendance and participation on all four days, are eligible to receive 2 CPD credits. AU credits may also available for Baltimore City teachers, but are not guaranteed at this point.

    How: Applications are available at Survey Monkey. Applications are due by January 9, 2015. Applicants will also need to have their principal submit a "Letter of Support" which can be found at

    Please contact Dr. Mary Stapleton ( with any questions.

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