Professional Development Opportunities

  • 26 Aug 2019 8:29 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    The American Meterological Society DataStreme courses are conducted primarily online through a collaboration between AMS, California University of Pennsylvania, and a national network of peer-trainers.

    The courses are directed toward middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. 

    • DataStreme Atmosphere focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment, 
    • DataStreme Ocean explores the ocean in the Earth system, and 
    • DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS) incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives.
    For more information about the courses go to: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/education-careers/education-program/k-12-teachers/datastreme-program/

    The course schedules run weekly through the Fall 2019 (Start Sept.2)and again Spring 2020 (Start Jan.27) - see course Schedules

  • 29 Jul 2019 1:38 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    SUMMER 2019
    Taking a Deeper Dive for NYSSLS Leaders
    with presenter Paul Andersen.

    This two-day workshop is designed to prepare teacher leaders to begin the work of facilitating workshops on how to transition to NYSSLS. This workshop builds on the work from the last two summers, and teacher leaders will leave with multiple ideas and resources to share with other educators in their home schools/regions. Those attending will also create storylines for lessons to help further understanding regarding the shifts to the new standards and phenomenon-based learning. Once again, we will be joined by presenter Paul Andersen, who will facilitate this work.

    SAVE THESE DATES - registration info will be posted asap (STANYS members will receive email notification)

    July 29-30, 2019 Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

    Jul 31-Aug 1, 2019 SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

    Aug 2-3, 2019 Wayne-Finger Lakes Teacher Center, Newark, NY

    Questions: Dominick Fantacone (NYS Master Teachers)at dominick.fantacone@cortland.edu
    or Lisa Brosnick at president@stanys.org

  • 28 Jul 2019 5:35 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    STEM Connects All: Never Too Early, Never Too Late!

    Join the New York State STEM Education Collaborative for its
    seventh summer institute! Alfred State - July 28th Thru July 30th.
    Theme: STEM Connects All: Never Too Early, Never Too Late!

    Contact Person: Chuck Goodwin -  cgnystea@stny.rr.com

    • 17 CTLE approved Professional Development Hours are available
    • Three distinguished keynote speakers
          1. Dr. Tony Collins - President of Clarkson University
          2. Dr. Robert Rogers - Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY  Fredonia
          3. Dr. Kristina Johnson - State University of New York Chancellor!
    • 50 cutting edge presentations spanning diverse topics in STEM AND STEAM!
    • 3 tours - Clean Room / Agriculture Robotics / Nursing Training Labs!
    • 2 Poster Sessions
    • 1 STEM TRIVIA EVENT that is both fun and hugely educational!
    • Great networking opportunities, cutting edge facilities, high marks dining

    Presenter topics, and summaries are now posted on our website under 2019  STEM Institute

    Ideal for teachers, professors, administrators K-12 / K-20

    Special registration rates for school district teams and presenters only pay 1/2 of the registration fee
  • 10 Jul 2019 1:53 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    SUMMER 2019 (early bird pricing for registration before 4/20/19)

    Introduction to the Argument-Driven Inquiry Instructional Model Workshop
    (two options - Elementary Focused and Middle School/High School Focused)

    This workshop is an introduction to the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model. During this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by participating in all eight stages of an ADI lab investigation from start to finish.

    The participants will then have time to reflect on their experiences during the lab investigation and ask clarifying questions. Finally, the participants will see how ADI is aligned with the state standards for Science and English-Language Arts and learn about ways to support students during each stage of the approach.

    Introduction to ... for Elementary Educators

    New Paltz, NY, Monday, July 8, 2019, 8:30 - 3:00
    Cortland, NY, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 8:30 - 3:00
    Buffalo, NY,  Friday, July 12, 2019,  8:30 - 3:00

    Introduction to ... for Middle School/High School Educators

    New Paltz, NY, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 8:30 - 3:00
    Cortland, NY, Thursday, July 11, 2019, 8:30 - 3:00
    Buffalo, NY,  Saturday, July 13, 2019,  8:30 - 3:00

    Fees: $150 per person (Register by: 4/20/19), $195 per person (Registrations after: 4/20/19)

    Register online at https://argumentdriveninquiry.com/register-for-face-to-face-workshops
    Scroll down to select your workshop site and level (Elementary, MS/HS)

    Link to STANYS ADI workshops web page for more info and informational flyers.

  • 09 Jul 2019 4:53 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    New York State Museum Earth Science Teacher Workshop

    Dates: July 9 – 11, 2019 (evening meet-and-greet on July 8)
    Location: SUNY New Paltz and surrounding Hudson Valley locations
    Fee: $115 (includes educational materials, three lunches, picnic dinner on July 10, and bus transportation on field trip days).
    Participants are responsible for breakfasts, dinners, and overnight accommodations. 

    The workshop provides a three-day, hands-on educational experience for New York State Earth Science/Physical Setting teachers.

    Participants are immersed in geology and paleontology for a minimum of 8 hours each day, totaling 24 contact hours of continuing education credit.* The workshop provides an informal setting for learning through interaction between earth science teachers and research experts, through which participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of New York-specific topics; refine their observational and interpretive skills; and inquire, formulate, and test their scientific practices and applications.

    Two field trips, guided by experts, will help teachers integrate knowledge with real-world geo-paleo experiences and assist them in building better rock, fossil, mineral, and photo collections for use in the classroom.

    Two teacher-to-teacher discussion sessions allow participants to collaborate and brainstorm classroom lessons and activities from their own classrooms and from content and knowledge gained during the workshop.

    Please follow the link below to access the registration form.


    *CTLE Credit: The New York State Museum is an approved provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).  This workshop provides 24 contact hours for CTLE credit.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten (518-486-2004 or charles.verstraeten@nysed.gov(link sends e-mail), subject line: “2019 ESW information request”) or Erin Zielinski (518-474-5812 or erin.zielinski@nysed.gov(link sends e-mail))

  • 01 Jul 2019 7:55 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Teachers, Instructors, and Education Researchers,

    The phylotastic team invites you to join the From Earth’s History to Biodiversity: Tools for Teaching with Open Science Resources workshop

    When: 22-24 July 2019

    Where: University of California Museum of Paleontology

    Who: Middle, high school, and college instructors, and biology education researchers with interested in incorporating up-to-date and scientific data into their lesson plans in the areas of History of Earth, Biological Evolution, Ecosystems and Heredity and/or assessing the use of open science in the classroom. No programming skills are needed. No personal computer is needed but it will help.

    What: A three day Workshop to develop resources that leverage Open Science resources from public repositories and organizations specialized in keeping and making available the latest scientific information on organisms such as geographical distributions, traits, phylogenetic relationships, fossil distributions,

    Expenses: This is an NSF sponsored workshop. Travel and lodging will be covered for selected participants

    Find the full announcement at and application at: esciencetools.org

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the workshop organizers:

    Jodie Wiggins: jwiggi11@utk.edu

    Arlin Stoltzfus: arlin@umd.edu

    Luna L. Sanchez-Reyes: lsanche7@utk.edu

  • 04 May 2019 9:14 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    NSTA Virtual Conference (nsta Members and Non-members)

    English Learners in STEM Subjects:
    Contemporary Approaches to Classroom Instruction

    English learners (ELs) bring a wealth of ideas, perspectives, and solutions to STEM education. However, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018), the nearly 5 million students classified as ELs in public schools are falling behind when it comes to STEM education. Particularly, as it relates to learning science and mathematics, ELs lack opportunities to engage with challenging disciplinary practices and content. Preparing teachers so that all students can reach their full potential in STEM can transform the lives of individual students and society as a whole. Join us on Saturday, May 4th, starting at 10 am Eastern, to learn strategies teachers can use to enhance the classroom experience of ELs in STEM subjects.

    Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Time:  10 am – 2 pm ET

    Member price: $63

    Nonmember price: $79

    Attendance/Participation Certificate: $9.95

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