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 members professional development opportunities, professional development opportunities offered by other organizations, and archived professional development opportunities.

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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Professional Development Opportunities

The 31st Annual NJESTA Conference: Exploring New Jersey's Geology & Energy Future will take place on Saturday May 23rd at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ. We have a wonderful day planned for you which includes a morning on NJ’s Energy Future led by our State Geologist Karl Muessig. The afternoon includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the mine at Sterling Hill and an optional field trip to NJ’s stromatolite haven to explore NJ’s deep geologic past. As usual there will be plenty of give-aways and PD hours! Come to the conference and celebrate NJESTA’s new affiliation with Sterling Hill Mining Museum. For more information go to:

NESTA and Windows to the Universe offer a set of nine web seminars that cover a number of space science topics. Windows to the Universe members can also access a PowerPoint presentation for each seminar.

This free 4-part web seminar series starts on April 30, 2015 and runs through May 12, 2015. The series focuses on the ocean's trace elements and what they can tell us about geochemical processes, the carbon cycle, and climate. Nine scientists will share their work with the participants. The link will take you to the registration page.

Location: Colorado Mountain College - Leadville, CO April 17-19, 20151: $70 (Teacher enhancement credit available) and Western State Colorado University - Gunnison, CO April 24-26, 2015: $135 for 1 TE Graduate Credit
Get ready to move! Immerse yourself in the study of astronomy and the practice of sky watching with inquiry-based lessons (including Kinesthetic Astronomy) and evening sky watching. Content includes sky motions of the Sun, planets, stars; seasons; phases of the Moon. Teaching materials will be provided.

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