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. All workshops take place at the New England Aquarium unless otherwise noted. 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

The deadline to register for this course has passed. 

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

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Climate Science for Educators

Date: Wednesday, August 2, and Thursday, August 3
For: Educators, grades 6 – 8 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost : $120
Credit: 14 hours PDP

About the Course

During this workshop, we will examine the use and distribution of natural resources, model the effects that humans have on the climate, examine current natural disasters and predict effects of future disasters, and examine ways humans are developing solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Participants will gain content background in climate science as well as hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities that they may take back to the classroom, while adhering to the revised Mass. Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks.

Registration

Deadline to register is July 24, 2017.

Note, the Ocean Careers workshop has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Contact Us

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