School Programs, Events, Competitions, and Professional Development

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences and more!
January 29Register for a free informational webinar about THE GREEN TEAM program from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn more about how your school and classroom can benefit from THE GREEN TEAM resources, including free curricula, lesson plans & activities, composting & idling reduction equipment, and recognition & prizes for your students!
January 30 – Request for Proposals deadline for the 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The program funds projects focused on ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Grants should span 12 to 18 months in length, with a start date in late summer/early fall. Awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 and 40-50 grants are awarded per year.
February 6 – The Wade Institute for Science Education’s Professional Development Seminar Series second group of seminars will feature sessions on Insights Into Climate Change From Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Sites and Digging Into Data Analysis.
February 14 – Registration deadline for the Wade Institute for Science Education Hybrid Professional Development Institute for middle and high school teachers focusing on issues related to climate change education. This professional development opportunity runs from February 24 to May 8 and is entitled Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions. It features online and on-site classes with leading scientists working on climate change issues.
February 27 – Submission deadline for World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest. Students must create a short video about human population growth that highlights a global challenge.
March 4 – Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) 2020 Conference. The MEES conference brings together environmental educators from across the state to network and learn new skills. This year, THE GREEN TEAM will offer a workshop “On-Site Composting for Sustainability and Science” on how to compost outdoors at your school and how to make a worm bin for indoor composting in the classroom. Bring a 14 gallon or larger plastic storage bin to make a worm bin. Worms provided free!
March 12 – The Wade Institute for Science Education’s Professional Development Seminar Series third day will feature the full day seminar: Becoming a 21st Century Organization For All.
March 31 – Deadline to submit THE GREEN TEAM Teacher Response Form to report your students’ activities and receive a Certificate of Recognition and student prizes to recognize their work.
April 2 – MassRecycle R3 Conference. The R3 Conference is the biggest annual recycling and organics conference in Massachusetts, and one of the biggest state conferences in the nation. At R3, MassRecycle fosters discussion on issues that affect recycling, reuse, and waste reduction, and provides a venue to convene individuals from all sectors.
April 6 – Deadline to submit THE GREEN TEAM recycling equipment application for the April 8 distribution day to be held in Boston. (Equipment requests for the Amherst and Pittsfield equipment locations may be submitted at any time).
April 8 – Distribution day for THE GREEN TEAM recycling equipment for schools in the Boston area. Register for THE GREEN TEAM and submit a recycling equipment application by April 6 for this distribution.
April 9 – The Wade Institute for Science Education’s Professional Development Seminar Series fourth day will feature seminars with the titles Weather-Wise, Not Otherwise and Phenomena Are Not Always Phenomenal: The Hows and Whys of Engaging Students in Phenomena-Based Instruction.