The Aquarium caters to teachers from all backgrounds with an array of courses and workshops for professional development.

Pre-registration is required to attend the workshops outlined below. 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.

Summer 2017 Workshops

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Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology

Date: July 10 – 14, plus pre-course homework
For: Educators, grades 9 – 12 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 26 and ending with a final project due August 11. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by June 26.
About the Course

In this class, participants will observe and practice techniques for incorporating ocean science into the classroom through hands-on lessons. Participants will learn from experts in the field and engage in field experiences, all while discovering methods for using the ocean as a tool to teach about ecosystems, earth systems, earth and human activity, and motion and stability. Topics include physical and chemical properties of the ocean, sea floor geology, marine biology, and human impacts and interactions with the ocean.

Registration

Deadline to register is June 26, 2017. 

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On the Waterfront

Date: July 17 – 21, plus pre –course homework
For: Educators, grades 6 – 8 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 26 and ending with a final project due August 11. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by June 26.
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.

Registration

Deadline to register for PDPs is June 26, 2017. Deadline for graduate credit registration is July 3, 2017.

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Ocean Careers

Date: July 31 – August 4, plus pre-course homework
For: Educators, grades 3 – 5 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning July 10 and ending with a final project due August 18. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by July 10.
About the Course

Professionals engaged in STEM careers have made positive impacts in nearly all aspects of our lives and are working to solve today’s toughest issues surrounding climate change, food needs, and disappearing habitats. This course will explore the historical context of and emerging ‘nature of science’ and its connections with various STEM careers in ocean-related science. Participants in this course will learn how to engage students in science and engineering practices through daily interactions with Aquarium staff, scientists, and educators. Participants will gain content knowledge in oceanography, marine biology, geology, and information technology (wildlife monitoring) as well as inquiry based activities that they may take back to the classroom. All materials are aligned to the 2016 Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards and NGSS.

Registration

Deadline to register for PDPs is July 17, 2017. Deadline for graduate credit registration is July 10, 2017.

Contact Us

Questions about our courses and workshops? Contact the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org or 617-973-6590.