About NEACT Events

NEACT members benefit from access to a wide variety of sessions, including many opportunities for professional development. If you are not a member and wish to attend one of our events, join us now and enjoy all the benefits NEACT has to offer. 

Upcoming events

    • March 02, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Harvard University
    Fundamentals of POGIL is coming to Boston!
    Join the POGIL Project for a 1/2-day professional development workshop
    (This is not a NEACT event)

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

    Harvard University
    9 AM - 12:30 PM EST

    Register for the BOSTON workshop at
    $50 for an individual

    $40/person for a team of 2*

    $35/person for a team of 3 or more*

    *Contact the POGIL Project with your team member roster to receive the discounted registration fee code by completing this form
    What is POGIL?
    POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. It is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best.
    FUNDAMENTALS of POGIL is an introductory workshop designed for those with limited or no previous exposure to POGIL.

    Participants will engage with teammates and workshop facilitators to...

    *Learn the essential elements of POGIL pedagogy and philosophy.

    *Observe classroom facilitation strategies that can be used in person or virtually.

    *Incorporate the development of key process skills into POGIL lessons.

    *Explore the structure of POGIL activities.

    Is POGIL right for you?

    Middle School teachers: The POGIL Project offers several middle school science collections that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
    High School teachers: POGIL collections are available for biology and chemistry at two levels (general and AP), along with two volumes of conceptual physics aligned with NGSS.
    Chemistry professors: POGIL collections are available for almost all core undergraduate courses. Also, POGIL can help address the new ACS 2023 guidelines for chemistry program approval.
    Other STEM professors: Increase the amount of active learning in your classroom with POGIL activities. Existing collections include anatomy & physiology and several math courses.
    Humanities teachers & professors: POGIL is not just for STEM fields! You too can help students develop their problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork by using POGIL techniques and activities in your classroom.


    An in-person Fundamentals of POGIL workshop is usually more than $100 per person. To get you (and your colleagues!) started on your POGIL journey, these introductory workshops are being offered at a deep discount

    Registration fee:

    $50 for an individual

    $40/person for a team of 2*

    $35/person for a team of 3 or more*

    *Contact us with your team member roster to receive the discounted registration fee code by completing this form:

    Added BONUS!
    If you attend this Fundamentals of POGIL workshop, we'll give you a code to receive $25 off the registration for one of the 3-day in person workshops this summer!

    Simmons University (Boston, MA) - July 16-18, 2024

    Registration for these summer workshops will open soon.

    • March 07, 2024
    • March 21, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • virtual


    PART 1 THURSDAY MARCH 7TH 4:30 - 5:30 PM EST

    PART 2 THURSDAY MARCH 21ST 4:30 -5:30 PM EST

    I am pleased to announce we have two dynamic speakers, Anjana Iyer and Cathy Zavacki of Hillsborough High School in NJ, for our March Zoom workshops. They will be presenting a two-night virtual program on kinesthetic chemistry: how to use getting your students up and moving to teach concepts and skills.  I went to 2 workshops of theirs at ChemEd last summer: be prepared to get up out of your chair at home and move! And while their examples are for chemistry I found these techniques translated easily to my Physics classes. The first part of the program with be Thursday, March 7th from 4:30-5:30 pm EST. You then have a chance to try out some of these techniques before the 2nd half of the program on Thursday, March 21st from 4:30-5:30 pm EST.

    • March 14, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • online

    ChemChats are monthly open roundtable discussions on Zoom facilitated by NEACT.  ChemChats are aimed at high school and college chemistry teachers but are open to all STEM teachers. Come to share ideas, come to ask questions, or just come for the collegiality.

    Our topic for this afternoon is "Project Based Learning". What are viable topics for different types of chem courses? How do we do this without being overwhelmed? Where are good resources? How do we find the class time?  You can add to or access shared documents before, during and after the Chat in this folder.

    ChemChats are hosted by Sue Klemmer. I am ZOOMING from the coast of Maine, so times are always stated as east coast time. We run 4:00-5:00 pm EST.

    The next ChemChat will be April 11th (the 2nd Thursday of the month is our usual date) and that topic will be "Differentiation". [We are still seeking topics for May and June.]

    • August 05, 2024
    • August 07, 2024
    • Clark University, Worcester MA

    Save the date--plan to attend the 2024 NEACT Summer Conference!

    The conference will be held August 5-7, 2024 at Clark University in historic Worcester, MA

    This year's theme is "Chemistry for All!"

    We are currently accepting proposals for presentations on all aspects of chemistry education.  We are particularly interested in presentations and workshops that explore innovative approaches, best practices, and research findings that aim to make chemistry education accessible to a wide range of learners. We also welcome proposals that highlight innovative ways to bring the latest advancements in chemistry into educational settings by exploring strategies that bridge the gap between the forefront of chemical research and the dynamic learning environments of high school and college classrooms. Chemistry educators at all levels--middle school, high school, and college--are encouraged to submit presentation proposals.   

Past events

February 08, 2024 Southern Division Meeting: Concord Consortium Tools
February 01, 2024 February 2024 ChemChat
January 18, 2024 January 2024 ChemChat
December 14, 2023 December 2023 ChemChat
November 28, 2023 Western Division Meeting: Bring the science of the MCU into your chemistry classroom!
November 09, 2023 November 2023 ChemChat
October 19, 2023 October 2023 ChemChat
September 14, 2023 September 2023 ChemChat
August 29, 2023 Summer PD Series: Keeping Students On-Track for Success in AP Chemistry
August 17, 2023 August 2023 ChemChat
August 10, 2023 Summer PD Series: Differentiating Half-Life
August 08, 2023 Summer PD Series: 10 ways to ditch those worksheets!
August 03, 2023 Summer PD Series: Using JavaLab simulations in your chemistry classroom
August 01, 2023 NEACT 2023 Annual Summer Conference
July 12, 2023 Summer PD Series: Teaching AP Chemistry to the New Curriculum with Anthony Stetzenmeyer
June 20, 2023 NEACT Annual Meeting
June 08, 2023 June 2023 ChemChat
June 01, 2023 NEACT Constitution and Bylaws Update: Q & A
May 18, 2023 May 2023 ChemChat
April 27, 2023 April 2023 ChemChat
April 26, 2023 Dual Processing Workshops Part 2; Day 2
April 12, 2023 Chemistry PD Series: Helping our students think at the atomic scale
March 22, 2023 Dual Processing Workshops Part 2; Day 1
March 15, 2023 Chemistry PD Series: Help Teaching Chem--From Cognitive Science
March 11, 2023 NEACT Central Division Meeting: Fostering student self-efficacy and science identity
March 09, 2023 March ChemChat
February 09, 2023 February ChemChat
February 04, 2023 Western Division Meeting: Igniting a Passion for Engineering Among High School Science Students.
January 12, 2023 January ChemChat
December 08, 2022 December ChemChat
November 10, 2022 November ChemChat
November 09, 2022 Northern Division Meeting
October 29, 2022 Southern Division Meeting: Make and Takes
October 13, 2022 October ChemChat
September 08, 2022 ChemChat September
August 25, 2022 ChemChat August 2022
August 22, 2022 Summer PD Series - Behavior of Water on a Penny: An IMFs, Solids and Liquids Storyline with Sarah English
August 15, 2022 Summer PD Series - Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Chemistry Students with SEL and Behavioral Concerns
August 11, 2022 Summer PD Series - Study Habits in Post-Secondary General Chemistry with the COVID Cohort
August 09, 2022 Summer PD Series - New standards using storylines: The good, the bad and …
July 28, 2022 Summer PD Series - A Method for the Determination of the Entropy Change for a Reaction
July 14, 2022 Summer PD Series 7/14 Session

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