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

NSTA has issued its Call-for-Entries for the 2015–2016 Awards Program
The annual NSTA Awards and Recognition Program recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators created in 1973. The NSTA Awards and Recognition were created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 11/30/2015, via online submission with the exception of the Shell Science Teaching Award whose deadline is 11/18/2015. Entry fees are free.

Teacher friendly guides to the Earth Science of the United States is a website published by the Paleontological Research Institution. The site breaks up the US into different regions around the country. Each region contains information specific to that region of the country. Information included covers topics such as: geologic history, rocks, fossils, mineral resources, soil, climate, and more. The authors also include a How to Use This Guide section.

Free online Oceans Literacy course.
This course will help you understand seven essential principles that explain fundamental concepts about the ocean.

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.

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