Standard Setting Panel Applications

Applications for Standard-Setting Panels Due May 17

DESE is pleased to invite educators and other stakeholders to apply to participate in a standard setting meeting for the next-generation MCAS tests. The meeting will take place August 5–7, 2019.

The purpose of the standard setting is to identify and recommend achievement level cut scores for the next-generation MCAS tests. A cut score defines the minimum performance required for a particular level of achievement. The standard setting will be conducted by four panels of Massachusetts educators and other stakeholders, working under the direction of trained facilitators, in the following grades and subject areas:

    • Grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA)

    • Grade 10 Mathematics

    • Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE)

    • Grade 8 STE

We are looking for candidates with content expertise, familiarity with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, and teaching experience in the grade and content area indicated on the application. We strongly encourage educators with diverse backgrounds and who teach groups of diverse students to apply.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2019. Principals are encouraged to share the information with educators at their schools. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for educators to help define the next-generation MCAS, and we hope that you will share this invitation widely with your teachers and school communities. For more information, including the application process please see:


STE Education Specialist Position

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is currently looking to hire a Science and Technology/Engineering Content Specialist. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in supporting teachers and administrators in a way that has broad implications across the state.

 The Science and Technology/Engineering Education Specialist will develop high-quality, standards-aligned resources, tools, and presentations for use by schools and districts across the Commonwealth. They will conduct analyses to determine school and district needs and to target assistance; facilitate networking activities and meetings across the state; and work with other programs and offices within the Agency to provide PK-12 Science and Technology/Engineering content support. The Specialist will work in the Department’s Center for Instructional Support, and in close collaboration with the Statewide System of Support.

 This position will be posted on MassCareers on April 17, 2019Candidates who apply by May 1 will receive competitive priority in the hiring process. 

ESE upcoming Instructional Policy Specialist position

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) seeks an Instructional Policy Specialist committed to ensuring that all Massachusetts students have meaningful access to challenging, engaging, and coherent learning experiences. The Instructional Policy Specialist will play a key role in realizing DESE's vision for strengthening curriculum in Massachusetts, facilitating teacher-driven reviews of instructional materials, working directly with school and district administrators, and developing policies and resources supporting both preservice and in-service educators. The Instructional Policy Specialist will also be an integral member of the Office of Instructional Policy, which focuses on incubating new initiatives, ensuring coherence across offices, and managing interdisciplinary projects within DESE's Center for Instructional Support. This position will be posted on MassCareers on April 22, and applications submitted by May 5 will have priority in the hiring process. Please feel free to reach out to Rachel Bradshaw at 781-338-6241 or with any questions about this opportunity!

Science and Social Justice: A Workshop for K-8 Teachers

On Saturday, April 13th, 8 am-3:30 pm at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Science for the People will be holding a two-part workshop on integrating science and social justice in elementary and middle school classrooms. This series features presentations and facilitation by community organizers, K-12 teachers, scientists and historians of science on themes including: Environmental Justice, Working with Community Experts, Integrating Social Studies and Language Arts into Science Curricula, and Trauma-Informed Youth Leadership Development. Participants will be provided with concrete examples and resources, guidance on fulfilling Next Generation Science Standards, and time to develop and workshop individual plans for innovative curriculum units. For more information and registration information, visit the Science and Social Justice: A Workshop for K-8 Educators website.

Behind the Scenes! MSEF Educator Day 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8:30 - 1:30 pm 

MIT, Cambridge

Held during the statewide high school science & engineering fair @ MIT, Educator Day takes you behind the scenes of the 70th annual statewide science fair to observe and participate.

VIP Access to MA State Science Fair events - for learning & discussion:

  • Showcase of Student Research Projects - 300 "best of the best" statewide

  • Gain insight into student research and fair logistics 

  • Learn from today's students what makes them love science & engineering research

  • Attend Judge Orientation - with 300 scientists & engineers from academia and industry

  • Network with your colleagues

  • Complimentary parking, and light breakfast & lunch also provided

Seminar Format -- Reserve Your Seat --Spaces are Limited

Drawing for a $100 gift card to Amazon for all who attend

Must be present for the drawing at the conclusion of the program

Register now!

click link to register

M a s s a c h u s e t t s S c i e n c e a n d M a t h I n s t i t u t e

The Massachusetts Science and Math Institute is a culmination of the 2018-2019 Ambassadors program and a recognition of the high-quality STEM instruction across the Commonwealth. During the past year, 34 math and science Ambassadors worked with their teams to develop high-quality and standards-aligned tasks. During the Institute the Ambassadors will share the 4-8 grade math tasks and 6-12 grade science tasks developed through an iterative process of testing and revisions. Additional sessions will engage participants in learning about the educator-generated rubric for high-quality tasks, and the process by which tasks were developed and piloted. 

Keynote Speaker

A former Offensive Guard/Center for the Baltimore Ravens and current doctoral candidate at MIT, John Urschel is arguably the most unique and well-rounded player in NFL history. John has also: written his own theorem published multiple papers in prestigious mathematics and scientific journals been on the Forbes' "30 under 30" list of outstanding young scientists committed to sparking a passion for STEM within the next generation

Institute information:

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Campus; Worcester, MA 

For more information please see attached flyer or email Terri Gerhardt (    

Space is limited to 300 participants and a waitlist will become available once registration have reached capacity. Educators on the waitlist will be informed about availability by May 28. 

Please note that food will not be served during the Institute. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase coffee/meals at WPI's cafeteria (hot and cold offerings are available). 

Register Here:

Event flyer:

New from MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Instructional Guidelines for 3-5th, 6-8th, Intro to Physics, and Biology

The intention of these documents is to help provide additional guidance around the instruction and content of the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards. The selected standards represent a sample and should not be used as a complete curriculum guide. The standards in these documents were selected based on the new content or frequently asked questions from the field and should not be considered as more important than other standards. This guidance is aligned with the assessment expectations of the next-generation MCAS test based on the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework . The information provided in these documents are not an exhaustive list of what will be assessed on the MCAS test. These documents may be updated as necessary; please refer to the revision dates on the bottom of each document.

WPI STEM Education Center

High School STEM Internship Colloquium

Thursday, March 21, 2:00-4:30pm at WPI
Join MassHire Central, the STEM Education Center at WPI, and the Central MA STEM Network for its first STEM internship colloquium. The Colloquium brings together STEM industry employers and high school educators to discuss the importance and impact of paid STEM internships on both high school students and local employers, as well as the ways these internships can be structured. The event is free but requires registration by Wednesday, March 6.Learn more and register now…

Interested in joining the Central MA STEM Ecosystem?

The Central MA STEM Network will likely be applying to be part of the STEM Learning Ecosystems. “Strong STEM Learning Ecosystems feature dynamic collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (such as museums, science centers, institutions of higher education, and STEM professional associations), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth, and families. STEM Learning Ecosystems provide the architecture for cross-sector learning, offering all young people access to STEM-rich learning environments so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout preK-16.” If you are interested in becoming part of the proposed Central MA STEM Ecosystem, join the Central MA STEM Network by completing the brief form at the bottom of the CMSN webpage.

MTEL Biology & Chemistry Objective Review Committees

DESE and the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are seeking Massachusetts educators who wish to participate in test development activities for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®).Current test development activities include review of draft test materials for existing tests, updated tests, and new tests under development.

We are committed to involving as many educators in the review of the draft MTEL test materials as possible, so we are currently extending our search for committee members to participate in either the review of the draft Biology test objectives or the draft Chemistry test objectivesApply here, nominate colleagues here, or provide this link to anyone who may be interested in applying to be a part of the committee!

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies

Hello Science Education Leader:

It is my pleasure to invite you to assist us in recruiting teachers for the 11th American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies, which will be held July 7-12. 2019. Each year teachers meet in Houston for week-long academies at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This academy prepares teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students.

Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI covers academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel within the U.S. to Houston, meals, lodging, and educational materials. Participants have opportunities to interact with their peers from other locations, gain skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.

We welcome applicants from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the DoDEA network and U.S. territories. Teachers are encouraged to come as a team of two to four, from one grade level or several across the K-8 range, so that they can continue to support each other when they return to their local setting. Academy participants will be expected to lead one or more post-academy experience, which can be a workshop, conference presentation, or other professional learning events. We ask that all academy participants share what they learned, help spread geoscience awareness, and apply what they learned to their own students.

We encourage science supervisors, principals, science coaches, and other administrators to nominate teachers for the academy. We recommend that you nominate teachers before April because that is when the application review process starts.  Nominated teachers will then receive more information about how to apply. The application process is competitive and we anticipate having space for up to 30 teachers, and we will continue to accept applications until the academy is full. 

Thank you for supporting teacher professional development in geoscience and STEM.

Best wishes,

 Ed Robeck, PhD
Director of Education and Outreach
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA  22302
703-379-2480 x245


Call for Presenters - Mass. Marine Educators Annual Meeting/Conference

Educators, scientists, graduate students, post-docs, marine industry experts and others working in the field of marine science are invited to share their knowledge and expertise at the 43rd Annual MME Meeting & Conference, Saturday, May 4, in Woods Hole. The conference includes keynote presentations, afternoon workshops, and time to network with fellow educators. The theme for the 2019 conference is Life in the Extreme.

Sessions are 75 minutes long. Interactive presentations including hands-on activities, discussion, or data exploration are encouraged. Attendees are often interested in materials that they can bring back to their classroom or other educational setting. Click here to submit a workshop proposal.

Take Initiative: DNA Day and You Webinar

On the behalf of The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), our upcoming webinar, Take Initiative: DNA Day and You. 

Link here:

National DNA Day, celebrated annually on April 25, commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. 

We would be delighted to have teachers and coworkers join us for a webinar on February 21, 1:00-2:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time, to learn how your state can take part in DNA Day. The webinar is free to attend and will feature discussions on National DNA Day programs, the founding of Michigan DNA Day, and more!

Register to present at the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase!

Call for Presenters!

Register to present at the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase

The STEM for All Video Showcase is an online, interactive, week-long event that will take place May 13-20, featuring approximately 200 innovative, NSF funded  projects that that address innovations in STEM education. Presenters will share a three-minute video of their project and will discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public at large. We anticipate that over 25,000 visitors from over 150 countries will view the videos, vote for their favorites, and read or participate in the discussions.

Don't miss this opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues, learn about related work in the field, and disseminate your project broadly. 

If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, we invite you to submit a video and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public during an interactive week long event. Videos should address:

  • Strategies to broaden participation & increase access for all

  • Research informing STEM and CS teaching and learning 

  • Challenges and strategies in the implementation of STEM + CS programs

  • Measuring impact of innovative programs

  • Partnerships fostering innovation

To learn more go to:
Have Questions? 



Register to be a presenter by February 19

Submit a 3 minute video byApril 23

Participate in the interactive event May 13-20

Space is limited in 2019!

Registration will be capped at 250 projects. If this number is reached ahead of the February 19 deadline, registration will close early.

Projects must register in order to present! Submit your intention to present now to reserve your spot. All information submitted can be revised before the showcase. 

Register Now!

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC, in partnership with six NSF-funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, and CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).

STEM Education Center at WPI

Strategic STEM

Call for applications coming in February
A call for applications to join the 8th cohort of the Strategic STEM program (formerly known as STEM Integration for Education Leaders) will be released in February. Interested schools and districts are welcome to learn more about the program and past participants by visiting the website. Contact Mia Dubosarsky at with questions.

PLTW PD Day - Save the Date 

Wednesday, March 6
WPI is hosting a free PLTW PD day on Wednesday, March 6. Put it on your calendars! Registration information will be available soon.

Join a MA PLTW Learning Team!

The Community Leads' Learning Teams are up and running, and it's not too late to join! Teams work together throughout the year to provide peer to peer support. Connect with PLTW teachers around the state as they share best practices and tips, swap resources, and celebrate successes. Visit this webpage to learn more, meet our Community Leads, and sign up to join a Learning Team to be part of their next meeting!

AweSTEM! 2019 - Save the Date

Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-5:30pm
The STEM Education Center's annual celebration of PreK-12 STEM educators, AweSTEM! 2019, will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 3:30 to 5:30pm. This year's theme is Growing STEM in Our Communities. Whether you've attended all previous seven AweSTEM! events or this will be your first time, there will be something new for everyone. Registration will open in February. Learn more about past AweSTEM! events...

Bio/CS Teacher Integrator Positions

Are you a biology teacher wanting to address new standards using computational approaches? Or a math/CS teacher wanting to motivate your students with real-world problems? Consider applying for a teacher integrator position here at WPI. Funded by NSF, we have developed a curriculum that uses computational tools and approaches to address complex biological problems that will motivate your students. Teams of biology and math/CS teachers are encouraged to apply at Contact Shari Weaver at for more information.

High School Internship Colloquium

Thursday, March 7 at WPI 
Join MassHire Central, the STEM Education Center at WPI, and the Central Massachusetts STEM Network for its first internship colloquium. The event will start at 1pm with workshops for industry professionals about the impact internships have on high school students. High school administrators and educators, including internship coordinators, are invited to join us at 3pm for conversation and networking between industry professionals and educators. Educators are welcome to attend the earlier industry-focused workshops. We are looking for presenters. Industry partners who have had successful, paid high school internships and are interested in sharing about their internship structure should contact Ethan Brown of the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board ( Educators who are interested in sharing their experiences of placing high school students in internships and the impact these experiences have on students should contact Katie Elmes ( Registration to attend the event will open in early February on our website. This event primarily focuses on educators and schools located in south central Massachusetts.

This colloquium is made possible through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education and the STEM Advisory Council and builds upon efforts by the MA STEM@Work campaign by the Baker-Polito Administration. Through initiatives like this, the Administration seeks to expand access to high quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth, including participation in paid STEM-focused internship opportunities.

Transition Plan for MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Tests, Updated September 2018

In January 2016, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to adopt the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards. These revised standards were incorporated into the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework published in April 2016. The MCAS STE program will be transitioning to assess the new standards, as described below. The STE tests will also be redesigned for computer-based administration, as part of the Commonwealth's move to "next generation" MCAS assessments. This process will include the introduction of new test designs and new item types.

Grades 5 and 8 MCAS STE Transition

The grades 5 and 8 next-generation MCAS STE tests based on the 2016 STE standards  will be first administered in spring 2019. New achievement levels for these tests will be set in summer 2019. The tests have new designs and include assessing both the content and science and technology/engineering practices in the standards. Revised practice tests are also available.

High School MCAS STE Transition

Currently there are four high school STE tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Technology/Engineering, that can be taken at grade 9 or 10.

In June 2019, all four tests will continue to be administered and will be paper-based. A revised Introductory Physics Reference Sheet  will be used for the 2019 test.

The June 2019 Biology and Introductory Physics tests and the February 2020 Biology test will be based on "overlapping" standards from the 2001/06 and 2016 STE standards. The tests will consist of questions that align to both sets of standards, and the focus of the test questions will be on the overlapping content and skills between the two sets of standards.

The Department plans to administer next-generation Biology and Introductory Physics tests beginning in June 2020. The Department is recommending phasing out the Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests due to low enrollment numbers. More information about the high school tests will be provided later in the year once a decision has been made.

If you have questions, please call 781-338-3625 or email

2019 NSELA Leadership Summit Registration Now Open!

NSELA's 2019 Leadership Summit will be April 10 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch

At no time in our country’s history has science education been more important than it is today.  Whether it be addressing mankind’s grand challenges facing coming generations, or finding solutions to local issues tomorrow, science education leaders must navigate a shifting landscape all while owning the responsibility of implementing positive changes in their field.  As science education leaders, we are tasked with understanding the current trends in science education; making decisions on current trends based on evidence; and implementing instructional practices to reflect changes in science education. The leadership strands for the 2018 Leadership Summit and additional professional development series are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the grand challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

Register Now!

Be sure to use discount code 2019LS for $10 off!


Open to the Public.  The only 4K Digital Full Dome Planetarium south of Boston with surround sound and integrated LED lighting.  It is a fully accessible facility and has seating for 72.  Join us for a LIVE planetarium presentation and learn how to find and identify planets, bright stars, and constellations that are visible in tonight's sky. Learn how to use a star map and take home your own copy.

The mission of the planetarium has been and always will be to intimately share Earth and space science with the school children of Plymouth. However, the planetarium is a local treasure that should be shared by all. Come and see for your self!



List of Overlapping Intro Physics and Biology standards for 2019 HS MCAS test

The lists of the "overlapping" standards from the 2001/06 and 2016 STE standards that will be assessed on theJune 2019 MCAS High School Biology and Introductory Physics tests are now posted to our website at The June 2019 Biology and Introductory Physics tests will consist of questions that align to both sets of standards. The focus of the test questions will be on the overlapping content and skills between the two sets of standards.

Please note: The June 2019 Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests and the February 2019 Biology test will only be aligned to the 2001/06 STE standards.

In addition, an updated crosswalk for the Introductory Physics and Biology standards was recently posted and can be found at

The Next Generation test designs for grades 5 and 8 will be posted soon.  

Thank you in advance to all of the schools that are participating in the High School Intro Physics and Biology Tryouts this spring.

Questions? Email