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 learner-centered, inquiry-based pedagogy.

 

 

Professional Learning Opportunities

elementary Teachers

Chesapeake Conversations

Chesapeake Conversations is an online professional development workshop focusing on Chesapeake Bay science and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for teachers in grades 3–6. The workshop will consist of a series of six hour-long sessions covering a range of environmental topics. 

Learn more about Chesapeake Conversations (PDF)

Are you interested in earning (1) CPD credit (pending approval) for participating in Chesapeake Conversations? Find out more details about Chesapeake Conversation Requirements to Earn Credits (PDF)

We are no longer accepting applications for Chesapeake Conversations workshop sessions. 

Check out our other workshops and sign-up for our newsletter to find out about future opportunities. 

Insect Investigations 

Insect Investigations is a summer professional learning workshop designed specifically for Maryland elementary teachers of grades 3–5. The course will be held entirely online with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. We will also offer an optional in-person 'Insect Walk' field trip. Participants will learn how to utilize live insects to engage their students in the science and engineering practices that are the foundation for the Next Generation Science Standards. Successful participants will earn 1 CPD credit from MSDE.

Learn more about the Insect Investigations (PDF) workshop.    

We are no longer accepting applications for the Insect Investigations workshop sessions. 

Check out our other workshops and sign-up for our newsletter to find out about future opportunities. 

Contact Mary Stapleton () with questions.

Harbor Scholars

The Harbor Scholars workshop is designed exclusively for Baltimore City 5th grade teachers to explore how to effectively engage their students in action projects as part of the Save the Bay! science unit. Educators will learn about critical issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay as well as best practices around engaging students in MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences).  

For more information about the workshop, visit Harbor Scholars

We are no longer accepting applications for Harbor Scholars.

Check out our other workshops and sign-up for our newsletter to find out about future opportunities. 


Contact Annemarie McDonald () with questions.

 

secondary science teachers

Climate Literacy & NGSS

Climate Literacy & NGSS is a professional development workshop focusing on climate literacy aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for secondary science teachers (grades 6–12). The workshop will be held completely online with both synchronous meetings and asynchronous assignments. Participants learn about three different climate change activities and receive supplies to implement one in their classroom. Successful participants will earn 2 CPD credits from MSDE. 

Learn more about Climate Literacy & NGSS (PDF)

Applications are no longer being accepted for Climate Literacy & NGSS.

Check out our other workshops and sign-up for our newsletter to find out about future opportunities. 

Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training

Secondary science teachers in Maryland qualify to borrow kits from our Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) program by participating in the MDLL Training. We are excited to offer the Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training course as an option for teachers to meet the required training for the MDLL program. This course typically runs for three consecutive weeks; it is entirely asynchronous, with a total time commitment between 6 and 8 hours. This course is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

Please sign-up for our newsletter to be notified of the next online training session.

For more details about online training, visit Maryland Loaner Lab Training Workshop.

Contact  with questions.