FAST Professional Development Information:


One of the many benefits of membership in FAST is the opportunity to participate in high quality Professional Development programs. For more information on the currently available programs click on the links below and begin your own Professional Development program.

Additional Professional Development opportunities will be posted when they become available. So please check back often. If you have any suggestions, for additional topics or programs, or comments and concerns contact Linda Petuch at

FIU has a paid summer PD workshop through FIU's Department of Engineering and has space for 40 teachers and travel funding for 5 - 10 from Central Florida and beyond. Apply and register at:

The American Physiology Society (APS) is hosting its annual meeting called Experimental Biology and the APS hosts local science teachers on April 8, 2019 for a FREE workshop and professional development day at the Orange County Convention Center.  The workshop is free and includes a keynote speaker, hands on workshop, free lunch, and networking time to explore scientist-teacher partnership activities.

Please, review the attached promotional flyer and pass it on to any teacher you think might be interested in attending.  The program is a good fit for any life science teacher. 

Registration Deadline: March 15th

Teacher in Residence



The Cornell Lab K-12 team is looking for one or more dedicated teachers to work alongside the K-12 team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology this summer. The selected teachers will become “Teachers in Residence” (TIRs) who will gain experience in collaboratively creating curricula and courses, advise us on approaches to best engage new teachers in our programs, and attend the Summer Educator Retreat (July 16-19, 2019).

Start date is flexible between June 17 and July 1, 2019. The residency will end six weeks after your start date.

Teachers will receive these benefits:

  • A $5000 stipend
  • Free registration for the Summer Educator’s Retreat
  • Free enrollment in “Inspiring Investigations through Citizen Science” online course (which will be completed prior to the Residency)
  • A fun and collaborative work environment with great team of educators at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • The opportunity to contribute to internationally-distributed STEM curricula
  • An invigorating and rewarding summer in beautiful Ithaca, NY

Our ideal applicants:

  • Are K-12 teachers with at least 5 years classroom experience
  • Have a strong interest in birds, citizen science, and nature-based education
  • Are experienced creating or adapting standards-based curricula, especially content related to life cycles, integrated STEM, evolution/diversity, or nature journaling
  • Are team players who can also work independently on various projects
  • Can think “out of the box” and envision application of materials and curricula outside their immediate classroom context

Note: Housing is not included for Teachers in Residence—but past TIRs have been able to secure free, inexpensive, or shared housing for the duration of their stay. (Ithaca is a college town so there tend to be sublets, housesitting opportunities, and house-shares during the summer. We will share resources to help you find housing opportunities if needed.)

To apply, please send a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications, a resume or outline of past employment, and a list of three references to Jennifer Fee by March 4, 2019.

Hello Science Education Leader:

It is my pleasure to invite you to assist us in recruiting teachers for the 11th  American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies, which will be held July 7-12. 2019. Each year teachers meet in Houston for week-long academies at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This academy prepares teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students.

Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI covers academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel within the U.S. to Houston, meals, lodging, and educational materials. Participants have opportunities to interact with their peers from other locations, gain skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.

We welcome applicants from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the DoDEA network and U.S. territories. Teachers are encouraged to come as a team of two to four, from one grade level or several across the K-8 range, so that they can continue to support each other when they return to their local setting. Academy participants will be expected to lead one or more post-academy experience, which can be a workshop, conference presentation, or other professional learning events. We ask that all academy participants share what they learned, help spread geoscience awareness, and apply what they learned to their own students.

We encourage science supervisors, principals, science coaches, and other administrators to nominate teachers for the academy. We recommend that you nominate teachers before April because that is when the application review process starts.  Nominated teachers will then receive more information about how to apply. The application process is competitive and we anticipate having space for up to 30 teachers, and we will continue to accept applications until the academy is full. Attached you will find a flyer that can be passed on to appropriate school contacts. 

Thank you for supporting teacher professional development in geoscience and STEM.

Best wishes,


Ed Robeck, PhD
Director of Education and Outreach
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA  22302
703-379-2480 x245

Subject: Real World Science applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Cohort of the Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar at The National WWII Museum. Expenses for travel and participation are covered by the program.

28 teachers of 5th-8th grade science will be chosen to participate in this professional learning experience. The cohort will come to the museum in New Orleans from July 14th-20th  2019, and will conduct a short workshop of their own for colleagues in their area in the following school year. Each cohort member will receive a copy of the curriculum, and other books and supplies to implement the curriculum. A copy of the curriculum book for each participant will be provided and shipped to the training workshops conducted by the cohort members.


The onsite training integrates best practices in science and literacy education with implementation of the curriculum. The curriculum uses hands-on activities and stories from WWII to teach science and engineering concepts and practices. Cohort members see all parts of the museum, including a behind-the-scenes look at artifacts, and a visit to the restored PT-305, as well as a trip the nearby Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory.


We carefully construct a diverse cohort of teachers with different levels of experience, and from different school contexts. We particularly want to encourage teachers with 5-10 years of experience to apply. We are looking to build the future of science teaching and create science teaching leaders. Please apply, and pass the word on to your colleagues.



Thank you


Rob Wallace

STEM Education Specialist

The National WWII Museum

Hello educators and education professionals -


We need your help to share a scholarship opportunity for middle school science teachers affiliated with your organization. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 class of National STEM Scholars, a program designed specifically for middle school teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide. Please forward!


The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund 10 scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who will take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level. 


National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education (the 2018 speaker was Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University,  the 2019 speaker will be Dr. John Medina – author of Brain Rules) and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.


Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.


Over 40 Scholars have graduated from the National STEM Scholars Program. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:

  • Advanced education and leadership training on the campus of WKU June 2-8, 2019. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in Boston in March/April, 2020. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Gatton Academy faculty

Applications are open now –  click here to apply.


Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation. Please contact me if you have questions or would like more information.


Maria McGary


Maria Brogli McGary

Chief Administrative Officer

National Stem Cell Foundation   


The University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is looking for 24 science and environmental educators interested in attending Plant Camp 2019.  Applications are encouraged from teachers fourth through twelfth grades as well as environmental educators working in other areas (eg, nature centers, preserves, extension, 4-H, master naturalists, etc.)

This 5-day workshop, from June 10-14, 2019, is designed for educators interested in learning more about the 130-plus invasive plant species invading Florida’s natural areas and neighborhoods as well as the native flora and fauna that make our state so unique.

Hands-on field and lab experiences will strengthen background knowledge and confidence for teaching this subject, while also providing 40 hours of professional development credit. There is no cost for the workshop and lodging and most meals are provided. * Watch this short video for more information on Plant Camp.

The workshop is an annual event of the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative, made possible by the Invasive Plant Management Section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in partnership with UF/IFAS.

Applications will be accepted starting today and are due by February 17, 2019. CLICK HERE to complete the online application.

For more information, please contact:

Dehlia Albrecht, Education Initiative Coordinator

UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants · 352.273.3665 ·

*There is no fee for the workshop. Lodging and most meals are provided.

Earth Science Educator Workshop

Earth Science Educator Workshop

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Target Audience: Formal and informal educators for grades K-8

Overview: Explore the impacts of increasing global temperature on glaciers and sea level using real satellite data from NASA alongside special guest scientists from JPL. Discover ways to turn these resources into engineering, math and science lessons for students. Finally, learn to use the engineering design process to develop water-filtration and recycling systems to minimize our adverse impact on the water cycle.

› Register online

  • This workshop is not available online; you must be physically present to participate.
  • Please bring a tablet or laptop, if possible.
  • This workshop is limited to educators at U.S.-based institutions and organizations.
  • Note: Due to Mars InSight landing events, the venue may need to be moved. If any complications arise, you will be notified one week in advance via phone or email.

Questions? Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917.

Can't attend the workshop? Explore these standards-aligned lessons and resources online.

  • Water Filtration Challenge – Students work in teams employing an iterative design process to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials.
  • Lessons in Sea-Level Rise – What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This "Teachable Moment" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic.

This free workshop is offered through the NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center, which provides formal and informal educators with NASA resources and materials that support STEM learning.

In Case You Missed It: Educator Resources for Nov. 26 Mars Landing!

The Space Place Newsletter Find out how to make NASA's next Mars mission a Teachable Moment and get tips for engaging students.Check it out

Explore standards-aligned lessons from NASA/JPL Edu all about Mars InSight!

Once again the non profit, CEDAM International is offering

a unique scholarship opportunity for marine educators to participate in field work during the summer. Our 2019 scholarship recipient will be funded on a one-week scuba diving trip to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. This trip is run by the well-respected marine conservation organization We have been granting the scholarship for 18 years now. 

Your Florida Association of Science Teachers Facebook page seems like a good place to share news about the scholarship. We hope you can post the information below to your members.

Here is a brief description:

CEDAM International announces its 2019 Scholarship recipient will join a fish survey trip to Bonaire on July 27 to August 3. This scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a field trip. Participants have the opportunity to collect data, attend training sessions and interact with REEF staff members and local partners. This is a unique hands-on learning experience. Applicants must be certified scuba divers and professional educators in grades 1-12.  

Here is the link for details and an application form:

Thank you in advance for helping us get the word out about the scholarship.We appreciate any mention in your newsletters or web site. We think it is a wonderful opportunity for your members. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Jan Rosenfeld

Chair, CEDAM International

1104 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hello, Florida Association of Science Teachers —


We would like to share our upcoming event with you in the hopes you will share it with your members, as this opportunity should directly appeal to them. The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is hosting a free conference for middle and high school teachers in Florida. Here are the details, and our flyer is attached:

Conference Overview

The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is pleased to invite you to attend a free two-day conference, highlighting current research and promoting cancer awareness, for science teachers in Florida.

As a participant, you will hear about cutting-edge research taking place at UF and connect with scientists, physicians, and students to engage in a dialogue about community health and well-being.

The conference will take place at the University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Complex in Gainesville, FL, and includes a social event at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. There is no charge to attend the conference or social event. However, registration is required and attendance is limited. Complimentary accommodation at the UF Hilton Conference Center will be provided for attendees traveling from outside of Alachua County. Attendees must register by July 1.

Conference Website

Conference Facebook Event

Conference FAQ video

Dear Middle Grades Science Teacher,

WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Games, during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year that aims to use a new genre of games as formative assessment resources designed to collect evidence of learning during gameplay and reinforce middle grades life science concepts and investigation practices for ecosystems. The games are intended to provide engaging activities for understanding and investigating the science system components, roles, interactions and population dynamics of all ecosystems. Teachers will be able to monitor students’ progress and results using secure web-based tools that accompany the games. Researchers hope the games will help students learn and provide timely information teachers can use to help students in more targeted ways. We are seeking teachers to participate in this research study.

Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (up to 4 hours), stipends up to $1,200 for their involvement in the study, as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.

In order to participate, middle grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers must be planning to teach a unit on Ecosystems starting after April 1, 2019, and be willing to use two suites of SimScientists simulation-based embedded modules as well as two educational games or offline Reflection Activities, a benchmark assessment, and pre and posttests for a total of seven class days during their Ecosystems unit in their classroom. The Pilot testing would need to occur during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year, with the Ecosystems unit and all study activities starting after April 1, 2019.  

Study participation also involves: sending home consent forms with your students, scoring your student benchmark responses, attending a half day online training webinar, and completing an end of unit survey, and phone interview (if selected).

Please see the “SimScientists Games Strand” for more information on this unit:

For technical requirements, please click here:
*Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at:

If you are interested in participating in this research opportunity, please complete an online intake survey at:  

Please forward this email to any middle grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers who you think might be interested in this opportunity.

To learn more about this project, please see the FAQs or email Melissa Rego at For the best chance of participating, please complete the survey by September 14, 2018. SimScientists studies are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you for your support!

Melissa Rego
Implementation Coordinator and Research Assistant - SimScientists

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington Virginia 22201
United States

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