Upcoming Workshops

The NOAA Environmental Science Training Center (ESTC) offers professional learning programs for nonformal educators in the region.

Date Workshop Title Location
May 11, 2019 Make a Date with Data--2019 NOAA Environmental Science Training Center, Oxford, Maryland
Spring and summer 2019 Climate Change Academy for Educators Online and three-day residential component; University of Delaware, Hugh R. Sharp Campus, Lewes, Delaware
July 16 - 18 Ocean and Estuarine Literacy NOAA Environmental Science Training Center, Oxford, Maryland
August 5-9, 2019 Teachers on the Estuary, Data Edition

Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Karen Noonan Center Crocheron, Maryland

Make a Date with Data 2019

How do we study changes in Earth systems? What are we learning about these changes? How can data help us understand, respond to, and prepare for changes in Earth systems? NOAA, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Delaware Sea Grant invite middle school, high school, and field-based educators to participate in this one-day professional learning opportunity. During the workshop participants will:

  • Plan and carry out investigations using environmental data
  • Review core Earth systems science concepts
  • Share ideas and resources for teaching about Earth systems in the classroom and the field using environmental data
  • Make and take environmental sensors and infographics

Join us and learn how to bring data-rich learning activities into your curriculum. Activities will support teaching with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). Participants will receive teaching resources and supplies for making environmental sensors and training on the creation of powerful infographics.

Climate Change Academy for Educators

This summer NOAA, Delaware Sea Grant, and MADE CLEAR are partnering to offer the 2018 Climate Education Academy, An Earth Systems Science Professional Learning Opportunity, and we would like to invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Join us to learn about:

  • The causes and effects of a changing climate
  • How climate change is impacting our area
  • Solutions and stewardship activities to address climate change

Get up to speed on climate change and Earth system science with an introductory webinar and a three-part on-line component before the face-to-face Academy. At the Academy, jump into climate change science with three-dimensional lessons, interactions with climate science experts, authentic data analysis, field studies, and on-line simulations. Share your classroom experiences with others bringing this important topic to their students. Mark your calendar for these important dates:

  • Introductory webinar: May 2, 4-5 p.m.
  • Self-paced online course: May 1-June 21
  • In-person workshop: June 24-26
  • Implementation: fall 2019-spring 2020

Ocean and Estuarine Literacy; An Elementary Science Workshop

This summer the NOAA Environmental Science Training center will host a teacher professional development workshop for elementary tachers (grades K-5) that connects locally relevant watershed science across the curriculum. The workshop is designed to address and support the implementation of core components of NGSS and the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience.

  • Location: Oxford, MD
  • 1 CPD Credit
  • $225 Stipend

Teachers on the Estuary, Data Edition

This five-day residential course is designed to support teachers' understanding of Chesapeake Bay issues through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and a partnership of coastal educators from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A key aspect of this course looks at opportunities to integrate the use of local and national environmental data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting "Chesapeake Exploration" and "Estuaries 101" curriculum. Some key information:

  • Length and Location: Five days/four nights at the Chespeake Bay Foundation's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center in Crocheron, Maryland.
  • Cost:$50 resource fee
  • Credit:Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for three MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits. Virginia and Washington, D.C., teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours. Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.

More information on past ESTC workshops is available.