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

Design your own professional development opportunity at the first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous (July 13-17, 2015). 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.

Spring 2015 registration is now open for the American Meteorological Society DataStreme online courses in Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate. Each course is an innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. These courses are offered FREE of charge to K-12 teachers. Upon completion of any one course, teachers are awarded 3 graduate-level science credits through the State University of New York. In addition, two summer workshops are also available for pre-college teachers: 1.) Atmospheric Science Topics (July 12-24, 2015 in Kansas City, MO) and 2.) Oceanographic Topics (July 12-24, 2015 in Annapolis, MD).

Contact a LIT leader in your state .

or contact John Moore

This free 4-part web seminar series starts on April 30, 2015 and runs through May 12, 2015. The series focuses on the ocean's trace elements and what they can tell us about geochemical processes, the carbon cycle, and climate. Nine scientists will share their work with the participants. The link will take you to the registration page.

JUNE 14-19, 2015: BIODIVERSITY ACADEMY
​JULY 12-17, 2015: ENERGY'S INNOVATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS ACADEMY
JULY 26-31, 2015: EARTH'S HISTORY AND GLOBAL CHANGE ACADEMY
The SSEATs Academies provide teachers with an opportunity to take part in a week-long professional development course behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and other world class research facilities throughout the greater Washington, DC area. The academies help to bridge the gap between the formal science education programs of the SSEC and the informal science education that exists throughout the Smithsonian, and combine training in science pedagogy with content presented by scientists and researchers who are experts in their fields
See the announcement for information about tuition and other details.

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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