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.



Current Professional Learning Opportunities

elementary Teachers

Insects and NGSS Professional Learning Workshop

We are no longer accepting applications for the Insects and NGSS workshop.

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence is excited to announce we will be offering the Insect Investigations:  Using ‘bugs’ to engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices workshop this summer.  This 4-day professional learning workshop is designed specifically for Maryland elementary teachers of grades 3-5 and will take place June 25-27 and with a final meeting in Fall, 2019.  Successful participants will earn 3 CPD credits from MSDE, 2 AU credits (Baltimore City teachers) and receive a $150 stipend. This opportunity is generously funded by Wells Fargo.

More information here

Contact Mary Stapleton () with questions

Harbor Scholars Professional Learning Workshop

We are no longer accepting applications for the Insects and NGSS workshop.

If you would like to be added to the email notification list for next year's Harbor Scholars program, please click here. 

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence, in partnership with the Healthy Harbor Initiative are offering a exciting new professional learning opportunity for 5th grade teachers in Baltimore City public schools (City Schools). The Harbor Scholars program is integrated with City Schools Save the Bay curriculum unit and will support teachers in effective and engaging implementation of MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences). Workshop participants will receive:

  • 4 days of summer professional learning: July 30–August 2, 2019
  • 1 follow-up professional learning day in spring 2020
  • A free field trip for their students to the SciTech Learning Lab at the Inner Harbor
  • Opportunities to connect with scientists and enhance science content knowledge
  • Strategies to improve student outdoor experiences
  • Skills and resources for implementing authentic student action projects
  • $625 stipend upon successful completion
  • 3 CPD and 2 AU credits available

More information here


Contact Annemarie McDonald () with questions


secondary science teachers

Climate Literacy and NGSS

We are no longer accepting applications for Climate Literacy and NGSS.

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence is excited to announce a 5-day professional development workshop focusing on climate literacy aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for Maryland science teachers of grades 6 to 12. The Climate Literacy and NGSS workshop will take place during 4 days in July and a one-day Saturday meeting in November 2019. 

During the workshop, participants will learn about three different classroom climate change activities and how they connect to the three-dimensions (Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas) of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  This workshop is open to both pre-service and in-service secondary science teachers.  

In-service teachers who successfully complete the workshop are eligible for 2 MSDE CPD credits and 2 AU credits (Baltimore City teachers). 

More information here

Contact Kara Berger () with questions

iSTAR: Inclusive Science Teaching and Research

We are no longer accepting applications for iSTAR.

iSTAR is a 9-day professional learning workshop designed to engage Maryland high school science teachers in authentic research while exploring inclusive teaching practices that lead to student success in STEM. 

Participants will consider how to effectively engage their students in the NGSS science and engineering practices as well as reflect on inclusive teaching practices that support the engagement of all students in STEM.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Matt Hemm, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. Mary Stapleton, Director of Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence.  Support for the iSTAR is provided by HHMI’s Inclusive Excellence initiative. A $900 stipend is available. Teachers can also earn 4 CPD credits and 3 AU credits (Baltimore City teachers) upon successfull completion.  

Workshop dates:

  • Summer: July 9 - 12 and July 16-19, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm on Towson's main campus
  • Fall: Saturday, November 16, 8:00 am -2:00 pm, at TU Center for STEM Excellence

More information here

Contact Mary Stapleton (mkstapleton@towson.edu) with questions

Maryland Loaner Lab Training

The Maryland Loaner Lab Training workshop qualifies secondary science 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. 

Our Spring MDLL workshop is full. Please check back for future dates.

Learn more about Maryland Loaner Lab Training.

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Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training

Secondary science teachers in Maryland qualify to borrow kits from our MDLL program by participating in the Maryland Loaner Lab 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 runs over four weeks and is completely asynchronous with modules scheduled for completion each week. The total time commitment is between 6 and 8 hours.  The workshop is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

The online summer training session is full. Please check back for future dates.  

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