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Hi all- I have had a few messages asking if it was appropriate to advertise professional development opportunities for STEM teachers via this group. Instead of starting a bunch of individual discussion threads for these opportunities, let's share them in this thread. Eric

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Eric Brunsell's picture
Eric Brunsell
Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

If you teach in Wisconsin, Science Futures is a great opportunity. It is a full year experience w/ one week in the summer and then school year online expectations. The cost is $50 and you receive 3 graduate credits & full lodging for the summer portion. Science Futures is held at the Pigeon Lake Field Research Center near Drummond, WI.

The experience focuses on deepening teachers' understanding of science inquiry and 21st Century Skills while building leadership capacity (classroom, district, and state).

Science Futures is a collaboration between UW Oshkosh EXCEL Center, UW Madison Center for Biology Education, and the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers.

For more information:

Elise B's picture
Elise B
Education Programs Manager for Friends of the National Zoo

Saving Endangered Species: A Teacher Boot Camp
June 27 - July 2, 2010
Application Deadline: April 30, 2010

Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting a week-long workshop for K-6 teachers from all states. Using in-situ and ex-situ Zoo research as case studies, we will build upon life science skills/techniques applied by scientists and science educators, and place them in a wildlife conservation context. The workshop will provide a set of tools and resources, aligned to your state's standards, to use inside and outside the classroom.

The workshop will be conducted at DC's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. For more information on the workshop, including a course syllabus and objectives, tuition, lodging, travel and course credit can be found at:

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me at

Tina Roberts's picture

I am looking forward to the STEM educational opportunity in Spokane Washington for gaming in the classroom.

Johnny Hamilton's picture
Johnny Hamilton
Ed Tech Consultant, SMART Board Trainer, Author of Online CEU Courses

A great place to not only get ideas on integrating digital whiteboards into science and math, but to earn inservice and CEU course credit is There are accredited online courses in Math, Science, and other subjects. The courses cover skills and curricular integration and feature hours of video and 1 on 1 moderation.

A place to to get some more ideas for free is There, you can find a lot of videos that show how you can integrate SMART boards with other tools such as document cameras, MS Word and more into 8 curricular areas.

Good luck!

George Stern's picture
George Stern
Intern at Edutopia, college student, aspiring Educator.

Hey STEM'ers,

On the topic of Professional Development -- we're doing a giveaway over in our Reform Starts Here group. We have bundles of great teacher support and teach development books and we're going to give them to the six commenters with the most votes by next Wednesday. Comments must be in response to the question: "How can we support good teachers and keep them in the profession?" Head on over and share your ideas!

Coalition for Science After School's picture

Hi all,

With more resources being cut from our nations' schools and the need for STEM jobs rising, out-of-school STEM education is more important than ever. Join us at the 2010 National Conference for Science and Technology in Out of School Time and become part of a growing national network working to increase access and opportunity for all students in STEM.

Through workshops in funding trends, professional development, evaluation and assessment, research and policy, networks and systemic pathways, and curriculum and pedagogy, participants will learn about recent developments in the field of STEM education and share their unique ideas to preserve and improve STEM out-of-school programs.

The Conference is open to any and all stakeholders at the national and local levels. We welcome your viewpoint as an advocate for out-of-school science and technology programs and encourage you to represent your organization or institution.

The Conference will take place in Universal City, CA (Los Angeles) from September 22nd-24th, 2010. Register before August 23rd to receive a participation discount. Visit us at to register and gain access to a wide network of out-of-school STEM education stakeholders. We can't wait to see you there!

The 2010 National Conference for Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time is hosted by the Coalition for Science After School and Project Exploration, and is presented by Time Warner Cable as part of its Connect a Million Minds Initiative.

Dr. Genola Johnson's picture
Dr. Genola Johnson
Executive Director of G.A. Educational Learning Center, LLC Consultant

There will be a 2 day DI, Math and Inclusion workshop in Atlanta, GA October 14, 15, 2010. The conference also includes a DI Make-N-Take session with technology collaboration on Thursday afternoon. Registration deadline August 15, 2010. Conference promises to be informative, exciting and intense. Visit for registration information.

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