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