Professional Development

NESTA links you to a variety of professional development opportunities that offer support to the Earth and Space Science teacher by enriching their content knowledge and supporting best practices in the Earth and Space sciences. We highlight NESTA Professional Development opportunities, professional development opportunities offered by other organizations, and opportunities for teachers to become involved in research.

Some of the professional development opportunities highlighted here include full-time course work and others can be accomplished online or during summer programs. Some of these opportunities include full or partial scholarships. Monitor this link for new and exciting opportunities in professional development and be sure to add professional development opportunities of interest to your MyNESTA calendar. To access MyNESTA, you need to be a member of NESTA. If you are not already a member of NESTA, join today!

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NESTA Professional Development Opportunities

Explore the scientific foundations of what we know about weather, climate, and climate change through effective hands-on and data-rich classroom activities from NESTA.

The workshop will focus on NGSS Performance Expectations associated with ESS 2D - Weather and Climate and ESS 3D - Global Climate Change at the middle school and high school levels. We will work with two activities in the workshop, including:

This NESTA workshop presents exemplary NGSS-focused activities for the geology classroom that bring fundamental concepts in Earth science to life for your students. Handouts!

The workshop will focus on NGSS Performance Expectations associated with ESS2 - Earth Systems at the middle school and high school levels. We will work with three activities in the workshop, including:

This NESTA hands-on workshop highlights lessons and strategies using NGSS crosscutting concepts to unite core ideas and science practices for classroom Earth system science.

This NESTA-ESIP hands-on workshop highlights freely available lessons and strategies integrating data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation in the classroom—engaging students in the scientific process.

This workshop will focus on addressing NGSS Performance Expectation standards associated with Earth and Human Activity at the middle school and high school levels, applied in the context of hurricanes.

NESTA offers more than 50 specimens to choose from for a chance to win display quality specimen of rocks, minerals, fossils, and other Earth science-related materials.


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