Upcoming Workshops


How to Use Phenomena to Drive Instruction: An NGSS Transition Workshop

August 16 & 17, 2018

The NRC Science Framework and NGSS call for fundamental shifts in the way we teach and engage students, from learning about science to figuring out science and sense-making. During our session, we will engage as learners and educators to explore phenomena and build sense-making experiences for the students in our classrooms.

Open to classroom teachers, grades K-12. Schools are encouraged to send grade-level teams.

Registration fee: $75 

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NEW: Using Phenomena to Drive Instruction Part 2: Developing Phenomenal Science Units

August 21 & 22, 2018

This two-day workshop will be a continuation of Part I. Participants will engage in a systematic design process to plan engaging sequences of lessons focused on students figuring out anchoring phenomena. Middle and high school participants should have knowledge of the science standards that they will be teaching.

Open to classroom teachers, grades K-12 who have previously participated in our “Using Phenomena to Drive Instruction” workshop. Schools are encouraged to send grade-level teams. 

Registration fee: $50 

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NGSS District Transition Planning Workshop - Offered in Collaboration with The Connecticut Science Center

June 26, 2018

This 1- day workshop offered in collaboration with The Connecticut Science Center is designed for vertical teams of about six people, including district decision-makers (required), principals, science leaders, teachers, etc. The NGSS District Transition Planning Workshop helps districts to develop or revise multi-year plans in support of students achieving the Next Generation Science Standards.

There is no cost for the session due to state grant funding. 

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Free Marine Life Study Cruise!

Available for Teachers in CT, NY, and NJ

Teachers and school administrators, if you have not experienced a Marine Life Study Cruise, we want you aboard! From May through Labor Day, you can join us on a regularly scheduled public Marine Life Study Cruise aboard our new hybrid-electric research vessel at no charge. Advance reservations are required. Qualified licensed educators presently teaching in CT, NY, or NJ, with proper school ID only please. Call our Reservations Office: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, Monday through Friday 9:30 - 4:30 to reserve your spot.


Professional Development for Teachers and School Administrators

The Maritime Aquarium can offer Professional Development for teachers for either a full- or half-day venue at the Aquarium, or at your school.

The most popular PD historically involves teachers being the students aboard our unique new hybrid-electric research vessel RV Spirit of the Sound™ for half a day, learning about the biological and physical aspects Long Island Sound and collecting real-time data that can then be used in their classrooms.

The second half of the day is spent in the Aquarium learning how the exhibits can be used to teach and reinforce state goals and standards and grade-level expectations. Time will be spent discussing curriculum, grade appropriateness, exhibits and the species, and includes subject areas as well as science.

We can suggest pre and post-trip activities, as well as the many ways of applying lessons to your state's goals and standards and to your curriculum. We can also train teachers in how to take their students on field trips to local beaches, parks and streams so they may use these local locations to teach grade-level science classes directed at state goals and standards.

These field experiences may not only involve the sciences, but also reinforcing math skills, art, history and writing. Staff at The Maritime Aquarium also are willing to customize science professional development to enrich subject-area learning for a grade level or the entire staff.

For more information and to discuss options, please contact Nicki Rosenfeld at (203) 852-­‐0700, ext. 2244, or education@maritimeaquarium.org. 

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Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Phone: (203) 852-0700

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Norwalk, CT 06854

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