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

The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers is the Connecticut Science Center's high-impact professional development program for educators. High-quality educators are at the core of student achievement. They must provide our children with the skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that have become essential to understanding global issues and building successful careers. The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers is committed to supplying educators with professional learning experiences that support rigorous educational standards. The Mandell Academy transforms classroom instruction, supporting success for all students. Mandell Academy offerings include: the Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Series for K-12 teachers of all subjects; a suite of K-12 offerings in support of the Next Generation Science Standards, including Why NGSS?, The Practice of NGSS, the Next-Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX), and the NGSS Curriculum Unit Development Institute; and Engineering is Elementary. The Mandell Academy partners with select schools and districts on the implementation of comprehensive, customized plans involving professional development, coaching, and related support focused on NGSS and inquiry across subjects. If you are interested in being a Mandell Academy partner, please contact us.

Professional Development Workshops


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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NextGen Science Exemplar System

NGSX is a blended professional learning system designed to help teams of K-12 science educators apply the pedagogical shifts described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards to their own teaching.
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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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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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NGSS District Transition Planning

This one-day workshop is designed to help vertical district teams to create or improve multi-year NGSS-aligned plans.
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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 please contact: Nicholas Balisciano Director of Programs and the Mandell Academy 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103 Phone: (860) 520-2193