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

Harbor Scholars

The Harbor Scholars workshop is designed exclusively for Baltimore City grade 3–5 teachers to explore how to effectively engage their students in action projects as part of the Save the Bay! science unit. Educators learn about critical issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay as well as best practices around engaging students in MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences). Support for Harbor Scholars is provided by NOAA.

For more information about the workshop and to apply, visit Harbor Scholars

For questions, email Annemarie McDonald, .


secondary science teachers

Ocean Acidification & Oysters 1-Day Teacher Professional Development

Join us for a 1-day workshop where teachers have the opportunity to learn about our original lesson, Ocean Acidification & Oysters. During the session, teachers will go through the lesson as learners while focusing on the NGSS science & engineering practices embedded in the lesson. Participating teachers will receive a free kit of materials to implement the lesson in their classroom. 

Learn more about the workshop and apply. Space is limited! 

Email with questions. 

Maryland Loaner Lab Training Workshop

The Maryland Loaner Lab loans secondary science teachers free kits of materials that include equipment, reagents, and lessons. Teachers who participate in a training workshop are eligible to borrow from the Maryland Loaner Lab.

The next training workshop will be held on November 16, 2023, 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the TU Center for STEM Excellence (701 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). 

Reserve your spot by completing the Maryland Loaner Lab Training RSVP

Email with questions. 

B′More Secure GenCyber Professional Learning Community

The B’More Secure GenCyber program is open to middle and high school Maryland teachers (from any discipline) who are interested in infusing cybersecurity lessons in their teaching.

The program is primarily designed for teachers with little to no cybersecurity content knowledge. However, teachers with existing cybersecurity content knowledge and teaching experience are also encouraged to apply, as a focus on the pedagogy of teaching of cyber, career connections, and social justice issues related to cybersecurity will be benefit all teachers.

The program begins with an intensive, in-person Summer Camp at Towson University (June 26–30). During the 2023–2024 school year, participants will implement at least two cybersecurity lessons in their classrooms, participate in virtual meetings and attend a final in-person session in May, 2023.

This workshop is made possible by funding from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023–2024 cohort.

For more information about the program, get on the waiting list, and to receive notifications about next year's program (pending funding), visit B’More Secure:  GenCyber Train the Trainer.