Mandell Academy for Teachers

The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers at the Connecticut Science Center: Excellence in Teaching that leads to Student Achievement

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 teachers 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 development experiences that support rigorous educational standards. Mandell Academy for Teachers programs transform classroom instruction, resulting in engaging learning experiences that lead to achievement 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? and the Next-Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX); and Engineering is Elementary for elementary educators. Through our accreditation by Charter Oak State College, participants in our Inquiry for Teaching and Learning series earn graduate credit (3 credits per year for 3 years) toward a master's degree. See below for more details. 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

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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®. Learn more
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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. Learn more

Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Series

Learn about Inquiry-based teaching and learning at a series of week-long immersion workshops, as well as an annual two-day follow-up conference. You'll learn to transform classroom learning, engaging and exciting your students. Learn more


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. Learn more

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