What is the Seedlings Summer Workshop like?

The Seedlings Summer Workshop is a five-day gathering of public, independent, and parochial educators, experts from a variety of fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM),  and facilitators-mentors. The goal is for teachers participating in the workshop to connect with teachers from other schools, gain inspiration and new techniques, and leave with renewed energy and passion that first brought them to teaching. To get a glimpse inside the workshop, click here to watch a video.

What are the requirements for applying to the workshop?

All teachers working in Pre-K through Grade 6 classrooms in New Haven county and the surrounding areas will be considered.

When can I apply for the workshop?

The online application opens mid-January, and closes by March 1st.

When will I know if I have been accepted to the workshop?

You will be notified by Seedlings Summer Workshop director Judy Cuthbertson on or by April 1st.

I’m an alumni of a previous Seedlings Workshop.  Can I attend again?

We do accept second-year Seedlings teachers to the workshop.  You are welcome to submit an application, and we will notify you with the rest of the applicants by April 1st.

Do I have to attend the workshop for the entire time the whole week?

Yes, you need to attend every day of the workshop, and stay for the duration of each day.  The first day of the workshop runs from 9am to approximately 4pm.  The remaining days run from 9am to approximately 3pm. Collaboration is a main tenet of the week.  Teachers bond through shared conversations and activities, and having everyone present enriches the experience for all.

What will I get out of the Seedlings Workshop?

You will meet like-minded educators, skilled facilitators and community leaders who will collaborate with you in creating an engaging STEAM curriculum for your students. You will leave with age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities that meet state and national standards. You will learn about community resources relevant to your studies, as well as how to engage your students in projects that are authentic with real-world applications. Teachers receive follow-up technology workshops and opportunities for further collaboration. CEUs are awarded at the end of the week as is a personal stipend of $250.

How can I get creative and re-inspired in my classroom when I have to follow state standards for curriculum?

Teachers tackle this challenging question while working in small grade-level groups with the guidance of experienced facilitators. Our feedback shows that teachers leave confident that the topics they explored not only mesh with state standards, but enrich the learning environment for all students.