Internships, summer experiences, workshops, conferences and online activities – if you teach any weather, climate, or geography you should consider bookmarking this site and checking it regularly! There are even free courses that carry graduate credit. http://www.education.noaa.gov/Educator_Opportunities/#page=All
The 2012 CAST (Texas Science Teachers Association) meeting is now in the history books. I know one booth gave out 6,000 catalogs so there were at least that many teachers present. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this kind of event will be a life-changer for you. Whatever level you teach or hope to teach there is something about being a part of a HUGE group of the best of the best to get a person excited and energized and full of new ideas!
The best part for us Northerners (Oklahomans, as seen by Texas) is that there are several such events coming up near us. The future CAST meetings are:
Nov. 7-9, Houston (OK, so Houston is not so close – but think what kinds of field trips there will be with Galveston and NASA so close)
Nov 20-22, 2014, Dallas
Nov 12-14, Fort Worth
And… drumroll…. the BEST of the best of the best – the NSTA National Science Teachers national conference this spring in Dallas, April 11-14 . If you can only make one day, do it! It will be unimaginably big. http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2013san/