Local Nonprofits Offer Free Professional Development for Teachers

Stonington, CT – Project Oceanology and the New England Science & Sailing (NESS) invite teachers in grades 4-12 for a free, 2-day professional development program and that will focus on the science of the Long Island Sound with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). The program will last from 2:00pm on Friday, October 19 to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 20.  
Participants in this professional development program are invited to stay in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel for the evening between the first and second day.
Project Oceanology and NESS will bring the NGSS science and engineering practices to life as teachers climb aboard the 55' research vessel the "Envirolab" to study life in the sound, use simple machines to harness the wind on a sailboat, and paddle a kayak to explore the functions of a salt marsh. Teachers will gain confidence with NGSS and develop a working knowledge of STEM programs available to their students provided by both Project Oceanology and NESS.
This program is limited to 28 teachers. The application deadline is September 21.
Time: Friday, October 19 2:00pm - 8:00pm at Project Oceanology; Saturday, October 20 8:00am - 2:00pm at NESS
Location: The event will take place at Project Oceanology (1084 Shennecossett Road #1, Groton, CT 06340) and NESS (72 Water Street, Stonington, CT 06378)
This event is free and open to all teachers of Grades 4 - 12. To register, visit nessf.org/ProjectO.

Interested applicants must provide required information and will receive follow-up instructions on the application process.

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New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit www.nessf.org.  
Project Oceanology's mission since 1972 has been to nurture interest and inspire enthusiasm for science and for our planet's marine environment from our waterfront facility in Groton, Connecticut. Project Oceanology is a year-round, marine science educational organization governed by local school districts and in collaboration  with universities and other educational institutions.