Professional Development

NESTA links you to a variety of professional development opportunities that offer support to the Earth and Space Science teacher by enriching their content knowledge and supporting best practices in the Earth and Space sciences. We highlight NESTA members professional development opportunities, professional development opportunities offered by other organizations, and archived professional development opportunities.

Some of the professional development opportunities highlighted here include full-time course work and others can be accomplished online or during summer programs. Some of these opportunities include full or partial scholarships. Monitor this link for new and exciting opportunities in professional development and be sure to add professional development opportunities of interest to your MyNESTA calendar. To access MyNESTA, you need to be a member of NESTA. If you are not already a member of NESTA, join today!

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Professional Development Opportunities

Casper College invites you to the 13th Annual Math and Science Teachers’ Conference on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, 2015. Casper College is committed to providing participants of this event with cutting-edge technology, innovative teaching methods, networking opportunities, and continuing education, teaching standards (PTSB), or graduate credits.

Teton Science Schools (TSS) and the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG ) are teaming up to present new technology and water teaching methods. Join WCEHG scientists and TSS educators to learn more on teaching your students about water. Participants will go into the field and experience some of the new ground penetrating radar and geophysical monitoring equipment in action. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of Wyoming water issues as well as supplies and resources to share what they learned with their students.

Design your own professional development opportunity at the first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. Capitalize on the experience of your colleagues in a wide range of fields at a variety of workshops, present and discuss your own findings, and network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education. Events will include workshops, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, and working groups. The meeting will bring together activities that support faculty in improving their courses, departments or programs; in increasing their overall impact of Earth education; and in building a collective capacity to use and conduct education research.

Resources for Professional Development

These online courses provide in-depth studies into specific ocean science content through the context of ocean exploration. Past courses are archived. They are all free, but do require registration to access the course materials.

Explore best practices for teaching global climate change (GCC) to middle- and high-school students with these free, self-paced modules for teachers. Each module includes STEM resources that will increase teacher’s knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with students.

This is a collection of selected videotaped lectures that were given at USGS facilities. Teachers can view these lectures to increase their science background knowledge. In addition, all of these lectures should be suitable for viewing by the general public and upper level students (grades 8 through university). Most videos are in MP4 format and are 60-90 minutes long (60 minute lecture plus question/answer).

The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enable users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.Within the context of a case study, each chapter guides users through a step-by-step process in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore real issues and questions in Earth system science. In the course of completing a chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data products. The ultimate goal of each activity is to build users' skills and confidence so they can use data to conduct their own investigations of the Earth system.

This twelve week online course prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies while investigating both global and local environmental issues. Participants locate, access, and analyze a variety of Earth science datasets.


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