Mandell Academy for Teachers

The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers at the Connecticut Science Center: Transforming Science Classrooms through Professional Learning

Professional Development Workshops


The Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Series

Learn about inquiry-based teaching and learning at a series of week-long immersion workshops, with available follow-up support. You'll learn to transform classroom learning, engaging and exciting your students.
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Engineering is Elementary® Workshops

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) integrates engineering and technology with science, language arts, social studies, and math via storybooks and hands-on design activities for 1st through 5th graders. The Connecticut Science Center is the state’s official professional development provider for EiE®.
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The Next-Gen Science Exemplar System

NGSX is a suite of blended professional learning pathways designed to help teams of K-12 science educators apply the pedagogical shifts described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS to their own teaching and to help principals in providing support along the way.
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This two day workshop is designed to provide educators possessing little or no knowledge of the NGSS with a basic understanding of three-dimensional learning and the vision of these new standards.
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The Practice of NGSS

This program offers a solid foundation around NGSS instructional practices designed to help teams of K-12 science educators shift their teaching to support the Next Generation Science Standards.
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The NGSS Curriculum Unit Development Institute

This institute trains teams to use the state-endorsed, rigorously tested process for developing units that support the NGSS.
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The NGSS District Transition Planning Workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to help vertical district teams to create or improve multi-year NGSS-aligned plans.
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Elements of the NGSS

This offering provides foundational awareness of the three dimensions of the NGSS in a half-day or full-day experience.
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Science Safety Workshops

As part of the CT Science Safety Network, we are proud to host a series of science safety workshops for teachers and administrators.
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Contact information

For further information:
Nicholas Balisciano
Director of Programs and the Mandell Academy
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 520-2193