Upcoming Events

  • We are currently gearing up for new and exciting Workshops!! Make sure you check the page often to see up-to-date information about all of our upcoming workshops.

Professional Development Workshops

For more information about the types of programs we offer please see Workshop Descriptions!

About Professional Development

This past year, CESTEM hosted 25 professional development (PD) programs and outreach activities and served 518 participants, totaling 5,875 of contact hours of instruction, with most awarded licensure renewal or graduate credit hours.

CESTEM will maintain the number of Professional Development (PD) opportunities, participants served, and contact hours offered to our partners; continue to market PD opportunities more directly to UNCW students, teacher candidates and K-12 teachers in the classrooms; and begin efforts to engage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Website) to increase PD workshop awareness and interest.

Upcoming Workshops

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Registration Information
  • To register for one of the programs listed in Workshop Descriptions, please complete the CESTEM online registration form, unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, please call the Center at (910) 962-3168 or send e-mail to cestem@uncw.edu.
  • Registration fees are due at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. Please send a check, payable to CESTEM, to 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403-5976. Payments exceptions will be made to pay fees after the new fiscal year with written approval from a school administrator with fiscal authority.
  • Registration fees are refundable if cancellations are received 15 days prior to the first day of the workshop. A $25 processing fee will be charged. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds will be given. Participant substitutions may be made.
Recent Workshops
Rare Plants of North Carolina instructed by Dr. Alexander Krings of NC State: March 27, 2015

Through this workshop, students learned of the importance of rare, native flora of North Carolina and the Southeast, the causes and consequences of species rarity, and the impact of humans (both positive and negative). Outcomes of this workshop included:

  • Knowledge of patterns in the flora in the Southeast and North Carolina
  • Competence in identifying rare plants and habitats
  • Understanding of the ecological requirements of species and communities
  • Understanding of rarity, including its causes and consequences
  • Informed, active participation in environmental management, improvement, and protection

This indoor, six hour workshop counted as Criteria 1 credit towards NCEE certification.


Aquatic WILD Training instructed by Mike Cambell an Outreach Education Specialist, NCWRC: April 7, 2015 and April 14, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Environmental Studies department and NCWRC offered a free workshop using the new Aquatic WILD activity guide.
The 6-hour Aquatic WILD workshop counted towards CEU credits and EE Criteria I credits. In addition to updating existing activities, the new guide contained field investigations, In Step With STEM activity extensions, connections to wildlife careers, new activities on fish conservation and angling, and an increased focus on outdoor activities.

Reading & Literacy in the STEM Classroom instructed by Dr. Sue Kezios & Ms. Kathryn Batten: March 21, 2015


Biomimicry Workshop instructed by Dr. Sue Kezios: September 27, 2014

Biomimicry is a discipline with an extremely wide reach across multiple STEAM areas. Biomimicry is a vehicle to help teachers embed a strong engineering and design component into their curriculum. It also supports the teaching of 21stcenturyskills, including critical thinking & problem solving, creativity & innovation, and the new focus on environmental literacy.This free, three-hour workshop will provide teachers with hands-on activities that model how biomimicry showcases innovation by nature and promotes sustainable engineering and design.Click here to see the Workshop flyer!

Population Workshop instructed by Dr. Gerald Zinner: October 4, 2014
With a population now over 7 billion and growing, Planet Earth is getting crowded! In this free, three-hour workshop, discover lively, interdisciplinary activities that help students understand the human ecological footprint and the challenges of sharing finite natural resources as demand grows. Engage in role-playing simulations, problem-solving challenges and critical thinking exercises and build students’ knowledge and skills in math, science and social studies.Teachers will receive classroom-ready curricula that emphasizes hands-on learning and balanced discussion of different viewpoints. All activities are matched to state and national standards. Click here to see the Workshop flyer!

Recycling Workshop instructed by Ms. Suzanne Gooding: September 13, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home? Enter the world of Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - the centers that sort and separate our recycling. In this FREE, three-hour workshop, teachers will learn how to navigate their way through the sorting process, learning about the technology and tools used to turn yesterday's trash into tomorrow's treasures. Workshop activities and lessons will give teachers and students the chance to use their science, technology, engineering, and math skills in a new, and sustainable way! Click here to see the Workshop flyer!

Barrier Island History Workshop Instructed by Dr. Robert Hary (UNCW Assistant Professor) and Mr. Bryan Bishop (Master Teacher, NHCS): June 23-27, 2014

This week-long workshop is designed to give teachers an understanding of NC barrier islands and longleaf pine ecosystems. The workshop will focus on the relationship
between history and ecology, in order to promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. The workshop will include daily fieldtrips, including kayaking, and trips to Zeke’s, Bald Head and Masonboro Islands, Wrightsville Beach, and Holly Shelter Game Land. Click here to view the flyer.

Extreme Science Workshop Instructed by Dr. Amy Taylor (UNCW Associate Professor) and Mr. Daniel Richardson (Brunswick County Masters Teacher): June 23-27, 2014

Whether we are imagining microbes or mammoths, dinosaurs or diatoms, stars or molecules, people of all ages are fascinated with the very large and the very small. Our interest is peaked as we try to imagine the world from a very different perspective—like looking up at the world through the eyes of an ant or looking down from the height of a dinosaur. New tools of science have enabled scientists to investigate extremes of science previously unknown. At the small scale, new advances in microscopy now enable us to manipulate and experiment with individual atoms and molecules. Some of the most striking new developments in science occur at the extreme ranges of scale—the very large (cosmic) and the very small (nanoscale). In presenting these new and exciting scientific topics, the teacher is faced with the additional challenge of introducing the daunting concepts of scale over vast ranges. Click here to view the flyer.

Nuclear Technology and Radiation Teachers' Workshop: June 24, 2014

This six-hour workshop will prepare attendees to teach the basics about radiation, how to detect radiation, and applications of nucelar science and technology in society. It will include activities, short lectures, and labs that can be conducted in Middle and High School classrooms. Teachers who complete this workshop will recieve the following materials: background information, hands-on activities, supplementary resources, and a Civil Defense surplus Geiger Counter to take back to their classroom! Click here to view the flyer.

Creating Classroom Websites Workshop: April 26, 2014

Lead by Justin Barrett- Master's of Instructional Design and Technology Candidate. This hands-on workshop was designed for K-12 teachers to use free, template-based tools to create their own classroom websites! Teachers brought their laptops and left with a free, published website! Click here to view the flyer.

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