The Aquarium offers a wealth of courses and workshops for professional development. Pre-registration is required to attend. Please contact the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org or 617-973-6590 for more information on how to register.

In addition to these scheduled workshops, the Aquarium works with teachers, schools and districts to design custom in-service training, including one- or two-day workshops. The Aquarium also encourages teachers to attend science-themed events and conferences.

 

Workshops

Closer Look: Integrating Science and Literacy through Observation
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For: Educators, grades K – 5 (others also welcome)
Location: New England Aquarium
Cost: $50

Sharpen your understanding of how to facilitate inquiry-based activities and design investigations. Discover ways to help students write informational text and develop their observational skills with artifacts, live animals and Aquarium exhibits. Through integration of science skills, participants will:
• Connect ELA Common Core and Science Standards through engaging and easy to implement activities
• Experience and understand effective approaches in science teaching in a general education classroom
• Understand how simple observations can lead to questions, investigation and exploration
• Engage students in new ways to explore the world around them

ELA Common Core Anchor Standards
Speaking and Listening: flexible communication and collaboration
Language: conventions, effective use, and vocabulary
Writing: text types, responding to reading, and research

Registration Deadline: April 16, 2014

Register online

 

NOAA "How Do We Explore?" Workshop
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 5 – 12
Cost: Free ($100 stipend if you attend both ‘Why’ and ‘How’ workshops)

Join Melissa Ryan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admisistration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research as you are introduced to Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? Learn how to use standards-based lessons and online resources that guide classroom discovery into the innovative exploration strategies, underwater robots and other ocean tools used onboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer. Topics include selecting sites for exploration in a largely unknown ocean, underwater mapping and exploring the water column. Deep ocean exploration with remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enables participation during ocean exploration missions from shore in real time is also addressed. This is Part Two of a two-part professional development series. Participants should have already participated in Part One. If space is available, educators who have not yet participated in Part One are welcome to register for Part Two.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators attending the full day will receive Volume 2 of the "Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?", other resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast and lunch. Educators who have completed both Why Do We Explore? (Part One) and How Do We Explore? (Part Two) will receive a $100 stipend.

Workshop flyer (PDF 200kb)

Registration Deadline: April 11, 2014

To register, contact the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org with 'NOAA Workshop' in the subject line, or call us at 617-973-6590. Space is limited.

 

Summer Courses 2014

Ocean Science for Early Elementary Educators—New England Aquarium

Date: July 15 –18, plus one Saturday callback (Nov. 15)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, K – 2
Cost: $250
Credit: PDPs or 3 science graduate credits from
Cambridge College (additional fee - $150)*
Registration deadline: July 8, 2014

About the course:

The ocean, filled with mystery and wonder, is the perfect way to engage young students and excite them about science. Participants will explore essential scientific concepts such as water properties, ocean habitats and animals, while making connections to literacy, math and art. Programming will include engaging hands-on investigations and a field trip to a local coastal habitat. Participants will walk away with knowledge about the ocean, ideas on how to incorporate ocean life into existing curriculum as well as activities and resources to use with young children!

Register here.

 

Ocean Science for Early Elementary Educators—Fitchburg State

Date: July 29 – August 1, plus one Saturday callback (Nov. 22)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg State (July 29 – 31); New England
Aquarium (August 1 and Nov. 22)
For: Educators, K – 4
Cost: $250
Credit: PDPs or 3 science graduate credits from
Fitchburg State University (additional fee - $275)*
Registration deadline: July 22, 2014

About the course:

With its diversity and mystery, the ocean is the perfect way to engage young students and excite them about science. Participants will explore essential scientific concepts such as water properties, watersheds, ocean habitats and animals, while making connections to literacy, math and art. Programming will include engaging hands-on investigations and a field trip to the Aquarium. Participants will walk away with knowledge about the ocean, ideas on how to incorporate ocean life into existing curriculum as well as activities and resources to use with young children!

Register here.

 

On the Waterfront: Integrating Science Standards through Classroom & Field Investigations

Date: August 4 – 8 with two callbacks (Sept. 27 and Dec. 6)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 3 - 8
Cost: $350
Credit: 50 PDPs or 4 science graduate credits from
Cambridge College (additional fee - $200) or
Fitchburg State University (additional fee - $360)*
Registration deadline: July 28, 2014

About the course

Learn how to incorporate local coastal ecosystems into your existing curriculum by joining the staff of the New England Aquarium for our ‘On the Waterfront’ course, where we will learn of all things related to the shoreline. Participants will conduct field and in-classroom investigations, apply inquiry skills and learn content knowledge through hands-on activities. Boston Harbor will be used as an example to teach concepts such as linking science and literacy, marine biodiversity, adaptations, ecosystems, properties of water, human impacts, and conservation efforts as well as much more!

Register here.

 

*Participants taking our courses for PDPs or graduate credit are required to complete the assigned course work–includes daily homework assignments and a final project and presentation based on the development and implementation of a lesson based on content learned throughout the course.

 

For questions about any of these workshops, please contact the Teacher Resource Center via email trc@neaq.org or call 617-973-6590.