Apply for $2000 scholarship for PD to add a STEM subject certification; or to qualify to teach dual enrollment

Scholarships are available for Arizona Certified teachers to attend professional development (PD) to add a STEM subject certification; or to qualify to teach dual enrollment


Certified AZ teachers can  apply NOW for a $2,000 professional development (PD) scholarship. Teachers have three years to use the $2000.



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Professional development must support a certificated teacher in gaining additional credentials (e.g., qualify to teach dual enrollment physics or chemistry) and/or certifications in math, a science subject, technology, engineering or CTE.

Click here for feedback from 7 teachers who used their $2000 scholarship from 2017:$2000scholarshipsFeedback2019.pdf

PESI Scholarships for Summer Professional Learning

PESI Scholarships for Summer Professional Learning

 Plan for summer professional learning now!

 Scholarship funds are available for PESI Members  

to support participation in Summer Science PD events!     

*One application per member, up to $160 to be awarded on a first come first served basis!  

 Send your contact information

and the class you plan to register for to:

You will be notified if funds are available or not.

 See below for examples of Science PD opportunities to choose from.



 2021 Virtual Summer Leadership Institute

Summer of Synergistic Science: Connecting, Sharing, and Networking

The NSELA Board and Executive Committee have made the decision to hold the upcoming Summer Leadership Institute virtually over three weeks leading into the upcoming school year. The dates of the conference will be July 20, July 28 and August 5, and will focus upon topics under the umbrellas of leadership, engineering, and scientific phenomena.

Day 1  – Tuesday, July 20th 

Embedded Engineering:Engineering can be used as a way to help ALL students identify with and apply science concepts. By experiencing high quality engineering curriculum, utilizing problem solving and design, students can address social justice issues within their place. This strand will bring in varied perspectives and expertise around how to embed engineering within the science classroom with a focus on equity.

Day 2 – Wednesday, July 28th

Phenomena: Phenomena are not just a hook! This strand will explore all aspects where phenomena have an impact including high quality curriculum, assessment, language and culture, and community connections.

Day 3 – Thursday, August 5th 

Leadership Development:  Leadership skills can constantly be developed and improved, especially with the support of a community, like NSELA. This strand will hit on various components of leadership including professional (publication tips, education research) and personal (self-care, implicit bias) considerations

Registration Prices

Full conference experience: $79 for NSELA Members, $139 Non-Members (this includes an NSELA membership)

Daily registration: $33 for NSELA Members

Register Now





Virtual Academy – 22 Days of Science Professional Learning

Dig into the 3-Dimensions of the AZ Science Standards with ASTA during our Virtual Academy happening the month of June. You can join ASTA Ambassadors throughout the month of June for webinars (free for members; $5 for Non ASTA member) and workshops ($25 for members; $35 for Non ASTA members). You can pick and choose which sessions you’d like to attend. Registration in advance is required for all sessions.


Stability & Change Science Teacher Virtual Symposium

When:  July 12 and 13th, 2021

Where: Virtual via Zoom

Cost:  $80 ASTA Members (You must be logged in as a member to obtain this pricing);

$110 Non ASTA Members

On July 12th & 13th, ASTA will hold its VIRTUAL  Stability and Change Science Teacher Symposium.   
Do you want to learn how to use the Stability and Change crosscutting concept in your curriculum?
Would you like to deepen your science knowledge?
Register today for the Virtual Stability and Change Science Teacher Symposium.  Throughout the symposium, educators will have the opportunity to look at a variety of science fields using the crosscutting concept lens of stability and change from the Grand Canyon to vaccines, the ocean, and more. Hands-on experiences using materials in the box of goodies (worth ~$100) each attendee will receive in advance of the symposium, digestion time to discuss how the content and activities apply to their grade level, and time to ask questions to the lineup of everyday STEM superheroes serving as speakers will make this professional development experience out of this world.  Registration closes June 30th.  








Registration OPEN for #STEMAZingInstitute 2021 – powered by Tucson Electric Power! Southern AZ teachers, don’t miss this exceptional PD opportunity. 3-day strands on @MeetEdison robots, offline coding for young children, school gardens, and social insect sciencing! 

Everything you need to reflect and refine your teaching practice! Experience new lessons from the student perspective while still wearing your teacher hat. Southern Arizona teachers walk away from workshops and institute strands with the materials and supplies they need to immediately engage their students.

Each workshop has a  $75 registration fee

and offers 18 recertification hours

For more information click the links below or

click to go to the

StemAZing Project Website


 June 1-3, 2021 – WILD ROBOTS FOR ALL AGES: MEET, CODE, AND ENGINEER EDISON ROBOTS INSPIRED BY ROZ Virtual via Zoom – For 3rd-12th Grade Teachers


 June 8-10, 2021 – WIGGLE, WEED, AND GROW: USING SCHOOL GARDENS TO CULTIVATE STEM MINDS  Hybrid – In-Person and Virtual via Zoom – For PreK-12th Grade Teachers


Congratulations to Several of Our PESI Members

Congratulations to Jaime Camero!  Jaime was recently selected as a National STEM Scholar by Western Kentucky University’s Center for Gifted Studies.  Jaime’s STEM project will get funded, she will be provided with ongoing professional development, and she will have the opportunity to present her project at the 2022 NSTA Conference in Houston, TX.  Jaime holds a Master’s Degree and is a 6th Grade Science Teacher at Walter Douglas Elementary school in the Flowing Wells Unified School District.  PESI had the pleasure of working with Jaime on our PESI/AZDFFM Forestry Grant. 


Congratulations also to Ms. Rachel Carpenter and Mr. Timothy Malan! They have been selected for the Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellowship! This work will be done with the National Science Foundation and the University of Arizona in an effort to support STEM education in Southern Arizona.  

Rachel currently teaches 4th Grade at Borton Magnet School. She has worked as a PESI Nature Journals Workshop Instructor to provide teacher professional development in partnership with the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning, and will be teaching one of TUSD’s 2021 Summer Science PD classes. 


Timothy Malan is a Master Science Teacher at Wakefield Middle School.  He is National Board Certified, has a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a M.A. in Education. Timothy is our newest PESI Member!


They will both apply their work with the Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellowship at Wakefield Middle School in the 2021-22 school year! 

Congratulations to these STEMAZING educators!