Teacher Professional Development

The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence is committed to supporting in-service science teachers in Maryland with high-quality professional development experiences. We offer a variety of workshops that help teachers build content knowledge, increase technical skills and explore leaner-centered, inquiry-based pedagogy.

Climate Literacy Workshop

Watch this video about our workshop on Climate Literacy.


Current Professional Development Opportunities

Summer PD for Elementary Teachers in Grades 3-5

Insects in the Classroom:  Engaging your students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices through Entomology

Do you want to learn more about how to engage your students in three-dimensional learning that supports the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Are you interested in incorporating insects into your classroom instruction? If so, then the Insects in the Classroom workshop is for you! During this 4-day workshop (July 5-7 and October 21) participants will be introduced to a variety of insect systems that can be used to engage students in authentic inquiry in the classroom.  

Application available in Spring, 2017.

PD for Secondary Science Teachers

Climate Literacy:  Ocean Acidification and Oysters

Are you a middle or high school science teacher interested in knowing more about climate change?  Join us for a 2-day workshop to help pilot our newest Maryland Loaner Lab activity. 

During the 2-day (March 11 and May 20) Climate Literacy professional development workshop, you will be introduced to our new activity and receive materials to pilot the activity in your classroom with your students.  You'll learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards and how to incorporate three-dimensional instruction in your classroom.  You'll share feedback with workshop facilitators and colleagues about your classroom implementation during the May 20 meeting. Successful participants will receive a $250 stipend. 

For more information and to apply, click here.  Applications are due February 7.  Applications require a principal Letter of Support, which can be accessed here.   

 Educators Needed for Interviews on Insects and Teaching

Calling all elementary and middle school science teachers! A new paid research study is being conducted on the teaching and use of insects in science, and all elementary and middle school science teachers in Maryland are invited to join and discuss your current and future use of insects in the classroom (even if you currently do not teach anything about insects or use invertebrates).

Participants will discuss these topics in a one-on-one interview for about an hour held at a location of your choice. If you agree to participate, interviews will be videotaped for research purposes only and will not be shared with anyone. These interviews will inform the creation of teacher professional development opportunities focused on integrating insects into school science curricula. For your time, participating teachers will be paid $25.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in this study, please contact Dr. Faith Weeks via or 410-704-5176. And please feel free to share this information with other elementary and middle school science teachers in Maryland that may be interested in participating in this research study.

 Maryland Loaner Lab Training Workshop

The Maryland Loaner Lab Training workshop qualifies teachers to borrow from the Maryland Loaner Lab. This 3-hour workshop is offered quarterly, or you may request a custom training date at our facility. The workshop is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. Click here for more information and to register for a training session.