Maryland Association of Science Teachers

Professional Development Opportunities

Managing Water Quality in a Changing World
23rd Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council

Dec. 8, 2017
Maritime Institute in Linthicum

There's still plenty of time to register for our annual conference! Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the day's events will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks and of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You'll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and at the post-meeting social.

Following the theme of this year's conference – Managing Water Quality in a Changing World – concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. Topics include:

  • Agriculture and water quality
  • Citizens science
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Communicating progress and successes
  • Leveraging data sources
  • New monitoring technologies
  • Stream restoration biomonitoring

The plenary session will feature two presentations: 

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The 2016 Ellicott City Flood: A 225-Year-Old Mill Town's Survival Story by Jim Caldwell, director of the Howard County Office of Community Sustainability 

A 10,000 Year Record of Climate, Forests, Land Use and Chesapeake Water Quality by Grace Brush, professor at Johns Hopkins University

All fees include breaks, conference materials and lunch. Discounts for full-time students and members/staff of nonprofit organizations - 501(c)(3) - are also available on a first come, first served basis. The registration form is available here. Likewise, registration is first come, first served. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? Click here for an abstract submission form. Submissions are due by Oct. 20.

This year, we will present the 11th Annual Carl S. Weber Award and the Above and Beyond Award. Award information and forms can be found here. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 6.

The sixth annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Student Poster Award is open to junior high, high school and undergraduate students. Winners will be awarded $200 for first place and $100 for second place. Click here for information and poster scoring criteria.

This one-hour afternoon session is a great opportunity for junior high, high school and undergraduate students to interact and talk with professionals in the fields of aquatic biology, freshwater ecology, marine biology, watershed science, integrated management, science communication and more! Representatives from agencies, consulting firms and academia will be available – in a panel format – to answer questions and engage in lively discussions. Students will be able to submit questions for the panel before and during the conference. The session is free and is included with each student conference registration.

Directions and parking information are available here.

Vendors and sponsors, please see the registration form.

If your organization or agency wishes to reserve a display at no additional charge, please email Dan Boward with your request.

Check the Maryland Water Monitoring Council home page and Facebook page for updates.

Feel free to distribute this email to colleagues.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership (PreK-6) through Towson University

Are you an educator who serves students in grades PreK-6? Does the idea of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM) education energize you? Do you want to affect change not only in your classroom, but also in your school, your school system, and beyond? If so, this 6-course, 18-credit program is an excellent choice for you!

Earn MSDE’s Instructional Leader: STEM (PreK-6) Endorsement
Program graduates will gain expertise in STEM subject content and practices, apply innovative iSTEM instructional approaches, and help students enact iSTEM skills and habits of mind.

Consider this program if you want to be able to:

  • Evaluate the quality of an existing STEM or iSTEM lesson or unit
  • Create a standards-based iSTEM lesson or unit
  • Enhance a STEM or iSTEM lesson or unit that already exists (e.g., in the school system)
  • Teach iSTEM lessons or units to PreK-6 students in a deeply engaging and rigorous way
  • Provide professional learning experiences in iSTEM to other teachers or administrators

Next cohort begins Spring 2018!  Click here for more information and to apply. 

June 29 - 30

AVS (American Vacuum Society) is hosting a Science Educators workshop.  This workshop provides training on vacuum equipment and teaches scientific principles that can be used in the classroom (aimed at high school level). at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia.  The dates of the workshop will be June 29-30th.  We will provide a two day workshop, a short tour of Jefferson lab, and overnight accommodations.  You will be responsible for your transportation to Newport News.  To sign up to attend, please send an email to and provide me a few sentences about yourself (where are you from, what education do you have, what classes/grades do you teach, what you are interested in learning about vacuum science, etc).  Please reply by June 9th, 2017. 

 We also offer a similar course annually in different locations around the country.  This year we will be sending a teacher to the National workshop in Tampa, FL occurring October 30-31st, 2017. We only have one slot available, but we sponsor full travel costs. More information and the application form is available here:

Teachers On The Estuary -- Data Edition!!

Held July 31 to August 4 (with some pre-course work leading up to those dates, and lesson planning follow-up) at the stunning Karen Noonan Center this middle and high school level course is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research.

During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting CBF's Environmental Literacy Model, Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 Curriculum.

The Course is FREE (with a small processing fee). 

Course credit and $200 in implementation support are provided upon full course completion. Registration is filling up.

Register HERE

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Please contact Coreen Weilminster at coreen.weilminster@maryland. gov for more information.





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Explore & Restore Maryland Streams Teacher Workshops
Check website for dates and locations:
Free one-day professional development workshop that emphasize outdoor learning to help meet a variety of education standards and current practices.

Digital Harbor Workshops
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Designed to introduce educators to making tools and tech so that they can help their students to be creators, and not just consumers.

Teacher to Teacher, Climate Change Conference

June 28, 2017
Towson University Student Union, Towson, MD



2016-­17 MADE CLEAR­ affiliated Climate Change Professional Learning Opportunities


NSTA Sponsored



 Come and join GEOetc as we discover the geology on the Big Island of Hawaii, Central Colorado and Acadia National Park this summer (June, July and August of 2017)!  These trips are designed for teachers to increase their Earth science content knowledge as well as to model inquiry-based practices.  You will have the opportunity to collect rock, mineral and fossil samples to take back to your classroom.  Discussions will take place to help you learn how to bring what you learned in the field to your classroom.  Teachers from all grade levels are welcome to participate and no prior Earth science knowledge is needed!  For more information, visit or contact Gary Lewis ( or Davida Buehler ( 


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