Professional Development

Ocean Academy

The Ocean Academy is an innovative professional development program that offers supportive training opportunities in the sciences, arts and other related disciplines. Participants receive support and guidance from the Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), as well as specialist educators, scientists, historians and scholars.

Upcoming offerings:

NSF TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy

Technology/ Engineering MTEL Preparation  

 Four Tuesdays ; October 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014 ~    from 4pm – 7pm

 Greater New Bedford Vocational/Technical High School : Room # G – 109

1121 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

This program covers the Technology / Engineering Strands incorporating Learning Standards in Grade 6-8 and 9-10.  Participants will become familiar with the structure and content covered by the Tech/ Eng. MTEL tests and identify areas in which to focus their studies. The program evaluations will include; both pre and post tests, class lesson shares and a post evaluation curriculum survey and participants will earn 10 PDP’s upon completion of this program.


  • Joe Yarmac, Engineering and Technology Instructor at GNBVT, with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and with additional Tech. & Engineering experience in business, industry and teaching from grades 4 to 16+.
  • Stephen Vaitses, NSF Master Teaching Fellow; Physics Instructor at Diman Regional Voc-Tech with engineering experience in business and industry.


NSF requires that preference must be given to the participating schools in the districts of Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham. Teachers from other districts are still encouraged to apply.

Go to the online registration form or contact:

Annette Brickley ( or by phone at 508-994-5400 x.11


Join us to explore a strange planet—ours.

The Ocean Explorium Ocean Academy and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announce a unique professional development opportunity: a two-part workshop on

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Exploration and Research at Deep Sea Vents

  • Visit two partnering institutions in one day and learn about the most alien landscapes on Earth: hydrothermal vents of the deep sea!
  • Part 1: In the morning, visit the Ocean Explorium, see a special Science on a Sphere®* presentation and learn about how chemosynthesis can add to your curriculum.
  • Part 2: Travel to Woods Hole by bus, eat lunch, see the Visitor’s Center, go behind the scenes at one of the top oceanographic research institutions in the world, and tour the Deep Submergence Laboratory where engineers create vehicles and instruments for exploring the deep sea.

Your guides to this deep-sea world will be expert educators, research scientists and engineers from the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole on Cape Cod.

The workshop will provide content and build understanding of Earth Science topics adaptable across grade levels, 4-12. Topics covered will include plate tectonics, hydrothermal vents and how they form, and the strange animals that cluster around hydrothermal vents and live off chemical energy in this sunless, cold, and (to us) poisonous environment.

Limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants will receive lunch and round trip transportation between the Ocean Explorium and Woods Hole, as well as certification of 6 PD contact hours. Schools will be reimbursed for hiring substitute teachers for the day.

*The Science on a Sphere® is generously provided through a partnership with UMass Dartmouth. This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  NSF #1202977 to S. Beaulieu (WHOI) and A. Spargo (Ocean Explorium)

* * * * *  To register, please complete the following online registration form.

*If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible so that another teacher will not miss this opportunity.


Watch this space for more information!