Research Opportunity for Teachers

A team of researchers is studying teacher learning in the Tufts Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP). Because engineering is new to elementary education, there isn’t a lot of research on how teachers learn new pedagogical practices or how to best prepare teachers to teach engineering. We are interested in studying what teachers notice in students’ engineering and how that shifts over the program. We are also interested in teachers’ reflections on their goals and instructional practices in engineering.

We are asking K-5 classroom teachers or specialists who are enrolled (or plan to enroll) in TEEP if they would like to participate in this research. Note: Participation in the research will not impact your admission to the program; decisions about TEEP admission will be made separately from this research study.

As part of the study, we’d ask that you talk with us at the start and end of the program about your prior experiences and current instructional practices. In each course, we’d also like to look at videos of students’ engineering together and ask you what you notice about students’ work—both in videos we have already and in videos you collect and share of students’ engineering from your classroom or afterschool settings. Finally, we would ask to look at your coursework across the program, including your posts and comments.

Your participation is voluntary; if you choose not to participate, your grade in the TEEP courses will not be affected. You can also choose to stop participating at any point. To compensate you for your time, we will offer you $750 for each course during which you participate in the study.

If you are interested in learning more or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jessica Watkins at jessica.watkins@tufts.edu.

Middle school science teachers wanted for study

The Center for Children and Technology at Education Development Center is looking for seventh and eighth grade science teachers to participate in a National Science Foundation-funded study called Playing with Data. The study looks at how teachers use data from games students play to make decisions about instruction. Participating teachers will agree to use a supplemental mini-unit, online game, and a teacher data dashboard to develop and track students' progress in argumentation skills. The mini-unit would be part of teachers' regular units on energy sources and includes lesson plans, classroom activities, and a final capstone project for classroom debate. Teachers will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the study. More information is available at the link above or by emailing Heather Kim.

Project Accelerate: Bringing AP Physics 1 to High Schools Not Offering this Opportunity

Project Accelerate is a National Science Foundation funded high school university partnership program bringing a no cost blended online AP Physics 1 course to schools that do not offer AP Physics. Schools throughout the New England states are eligible to participate in this partnership program.  

During the pilot year of Project Accelerate, although the sample size was too small to provide statistical significance, the raw data show Project Accelerate students outperforming their peer groups enrolled in traditional AP Physics 1 classrooms.

Project Accelerate combines the supportive infrastructures from the students’ traditional school with a highly interactive private edX online course. The primary instructional tool is the private online program containing instructional scaffolding specific to the target population, multiple assessment tools, simulations, and a suite of virtual explorations emphasizing science process practices. We embrace a minds-on philosophy throughout the online course and virtual laboratories are woven throughout the course. Although not required for participation, the project team will support and work cooperatively with those schools wishing to complement the online instruction with hands-on laboratories conducted at the partner high school site.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Mark D. Greenman.

Mark D. Greenman - Director Project Accelerate

Boston University - Physics Department

Office: 617-358-6729

Office: greenman@bu.edu

Edcamp North Shore Pre-registration now open!

Join us for the 2nd Annual EdCamp North Shore scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at Lynnfield High School in Lynnfield, MA. Energize your teaching practice and walk away from the day feeling refreshed and inspired! Registration is FREE but limited, so click HERE to pre-register now to receive early access to reserve your tickets beginning August 1st before we open up registration to everyone on August 5th.

Never been to an Edcamp before? Visit edcampnorthshore.org to find out why this unique form of teacher-driven professional learning and connecting has spread around the worl.

Salem Collaborative: Summer Institute and Summer Workshop Offerings

Summer Institute Sharing Conference - June 27th
The Second Annual End of Year Sharing Conference will provide teachers with a variety of workshops to attend. The conference is open to all teachers and will be free for all collaborative members. 

Parochial Schools - Back to School Conference - August 22nd
This is our first conferences that addresses the needs of Parochial School teachers. It will be held at St. Charles School in Woburn from 8:15 AM - 12 Noon. 

Salem Collaborative - Back to School Conference - August 23rd
This is our first Back to School Conference and will be co-sponsored by the North Reading Public Schools. This event will launch our expansion of training sites as North Reading HS will be hosting many workshops throughout the year. 

https://sites.google.com/salemcollaborativeproject.com/ssc/home

Summit on Leading Student-Centered Digital Learning Initiatives

The Leading Schools Summit in Boston August 1-3 is designed to provide principals and assistant principals with the support and professional learning opportunities they need to lead student-centered digital learning initiatives in their schools.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE), the Friday Institute, and OETC's educational technology purchasing consortium, this event provides school leaders with an opportunity to collaborate and network with other principals from Massachusetts and the nation. Throughout the sessions, principals work through individual problems of practice, gather feedback and insight from colleagues, and go on site visits to Google and NuVu Studio in Cambridge. Participants also spend time reflecting on their practice and identifying innovative strategies to use moving forward. View a short video to hear what participants in the first cohort (including a principal from Massachusetts) had to say about it.

Computer Science-STEM Opportunity

The Department and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) seek educator teams from 10 districts to participate in the second year of a National Science Foundation-funded computer science and science, technology/engineering and mathematics (STEM) integration and collaboration (CS-STEM) program. The purpose of the program is to integrate computer science with science and mathematics education in grades 1-6. The program aims to create new models for teaching and learning through innovative curriculum and class materials. Please see the attached memo and application for more information. Applications are due June 30.

June Cape Cod Regional STEM Network event!

When
June 1, 2017
4:30pm-6:30pm

Where
Lorusso Applied Technology Building, 2nd floor Solarium
Cape Cod Community College

Join the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network June Event.  Network with other STEM enthusiasts, hear from guest speakers, and learn about upcoming STEM events and opportunities.

Come to the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network June event and connect with other STEM professionals, teachers, and community members.  It’s a great opportunity for networking and discussion around STEM on the Cape and Islands. And it’s the best way to learn how to get involved.

Save the date!  Speakers will be announced soon-- but there will be ice cream!

Parking lots 10 and 11 are closest to the Lorusso Building. See more about the event and a campus map here.  Please reach out to Jill with any questions.

Material to be Assessed on 2018 Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS Tests:

The Department is pleased to present information regarding the "overlapping" standards from the 2001/2006 and 2016 science and technology/engineering standards that will be assessed on the 2018 MCAS grade 5 and grade 8 science and technology/engineering tests. The 2018 tests will consist of items that align to both sets of standards.

*As a reminder, this year's test (2017) is based on the 2001/2006 science and technology/engineering standards.

Massachusetts Envirothon special program for Prospective Coaches and Community Partners

Thursday May 18:  2017 Massachusetts Envirothon Competition, 
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln  
8:30-2

Are you looking for ways to help high-school-aged young people connect with real people, real places, and real science issues in their own communities?  Are you interested in learning more about local environmental issues yourself?

The Massachusetts Envirothon is a fun, challenging environmental program for high-school-aged youth and their advisors.  More than 500 young people in over 40 Massachusetts communities participate in some way each year.  Here’s what coaches, team members and judges have to say about MassEnvirothon.

Join us at a free event to learn about MassEnvirothon!

Experience the excitement of our culminating event! Special program and lunch for prospective coaches. 

RSVP by May 12    Event Schedule  Directions

To receive a schedule and registration information for the competition, email Mass Envirothon coordinator Brita Dempsey at massenvirothon@gmail.com. For more information or to join our email list for updates, please visit our website athttp://www.massenvirothon.org or email Brita.

STEM Integration for Education Leaders

Join us for the STEM Strategic Plans Unveiling Ceremony on May 19, 10-12 at WPI.
Cohort V teams will share with the public highlights from their work on developing long-term STEM/STEAM plans. The event is free but registration is required. Email mdubosarsky@wpi.edu to RSVP for this event. 

STEM Integration for Education Leaders is a year-long program designed to provide individualized guidance to education leaders and administrators as they move to improve STEM outcomes for all students in their school/district.

In support of Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education, the program helps participants develop a strategic plan for STEM integration to:

  • enhance students’ interest and proficiency in STEM subjects
  • increase graduation rates
  • support teachers as they become more effective STEM educators

More information can be found on the WPI website:  https://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem-education-center/professional-development/leaders

From the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network

Weekly STEM favorites:  STEM Summer Reading

We are starting a new series, Weekly STEM favorites, in order to share ideas, resources, and news you can use.  

This week is the Best STEM books, assembled by theNational Science Teacher Association in collaboration with Children's Book Council and other education groups.  Get ready for summer reading, for students and adults alike!

The Best STEM Books list gives a good range of age-appropriate books, and reading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning new ways to understand the world through STEM!  Read more about how the list was put together and the philosophy behind it, and then the full list is here!  Share with parents, librarians, and any one else who is interested in summer reading.

We hope that this is a great kickoff for your summer reading lists and sparks your STEM enthusiasm this week!

 

Recruiting Science Teachers

Building Systems from Scratch:  Research on the Development of Computational and Systems Thinking in Middle School Students through Explorations of Complex Earth Systems

 The Project: A group of science educators and researchers at TERC, an education nonprofit in Cambridge MA, and computer science experts and researchers at Northeastern University are collaborating on a curriculum design and research project that focuses on middle school students making computer games about climate science.

What it means for teachers and students to participate: This is Year 3 of the project. By next year, we will have undertaken two years of implementation and curriculum redesign in Cambridge and Newton with a total of 9 teachers. In Year 3, we will be conducting a comparison study.

We are asking you to be an implementation or comparison teacher.

What will teachers get:  Professional development to support implementation will consist of a 3-day summer workshop (18 hours), followed by 8-10 hours online and 8-10 hours of teacher-led study groups during the school year. In the summer following implementation, teachers will attend a 1-day (6 hours) wrap-up workshop.  They will earn PDPs for their work in the project, or they may participate in an additional 15+ hours of work to earn 3 graduate credits. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of effective practices in implementing the new standards.  They will contribute to research and a new curriculum that will integrate computers in STEM classrooms. Teachers will be paid a stipend for their work at a rate that is typical for similar work in their districts.

Please contact Eli Tucker-Raymond (eli_tucker-raymond@terc.edu) 617 873-9683 or Gilly Puttick (gilly_puttick@terc.edu) 617 873-9600 if interested or with any questions.

Educator Licensure & License Renewal Proposed Regulation Changes:

On February 28,  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 9-1 to send proposed changes to the Regulations for Educator Licensure and Program Approval (603 CMR 7.00), Educator License Renewal (603 CMR 44.00), andCertification of Supervisors of Attendance (603 CMR 13.00) out for public comment. The public comment period is open until May 1, and ESE encourages educators to weigh in on these proposals.  The Department anticipates that the draft regulations will return to the Board on June 27 for a potential vote.

The proposals are intended to streamline the regulations and licensure system, close loopholes, clarify certain provisions, and reduce regulatory burden. Public comment can be submitted via online survey through the links provided above or via email to 603CMR700PublicComment2017@doe.mass.edu.

Summer 2017 Teacher-in-Residence at the Museum of Science

Spend this summer at the Museum of Science as a Teacher-in-Residence. Learn from our staff and share your knowledge of formal learning environments, get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Museum, and serve as a liaison between the Museum and your school or district. As a Teacher-in-Residence, you will collaborate on a relevant Museum project, participate in a weekly seminar, and work on an independent project of your choice.

This program runs Monday, July 10 through Thursday, August 10, 2017. Our typical program week is Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; however, flex schedules are available. During the school year, you are also expected to work an additional 24 hours to research and develop a product determined by you and your Museum partner. All participants must also attend a call-back meeting scheduled for early December. Although we are not able to offer housing, we do offer stipends of $3,500.

https://www.mos.org/teacher-in-residence

NSF opportunities for middle school science classrooms

The first is a proposal to the National Science Foundation for an experimental curriculum design project that will integrate robotics, engineering design and biomimicry (drawing inspiration from nature to inform robot design) in middle school science classrooms.  At this point, interest at the district level sufficient to write a letter of commitment to help us with teacher recruitment is all that we are looking for. 

The second project is currently in its 2nd year of implementation in Cambridge and Newton 8th grade classrooms. We are testing a curriculum that integrates computers into Earth science by tasking students to design a computer game that teaches other students about climate science. We would be seeking to recruit 8th grade teachers to participate in the project during the 2017-2018 school year.  The curriculum takes about 20 hours, is aligned with the MA standards, and students in the program have shown significant assessment gains. Teachers will receive professional development and a stipend for their participation.

If interested, contact Gillian Puttick for more information at 617 873 9712 or gilly_puttick@terc.edu

Attention STEM Teachers - Make Your Classes More Student Centered

View the new MSSEF video featuring
TSIP, " Teaching Science Through the Inquiry Process", provides practical strategies to integrate inquiry into your classrooms.  CLICK HERE

Information about the two additional PD courses is included at the end of this video. 

 

REGISTER TODAY!

Enroll by April 26th for Reduced Tuition - $250!

FULL INFORMATION

Special Session hosted @ Plymouth Public Schools 

Graduate-credit course for STEM teachers of students grades 6-12
June 26 -30 & Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Part of MSSEF's 2017 Curious Minds Initiative (CMI) Courses

Next-Generation MCAS Practice Tests Available:

Next-generation MCAS practice tests are being posted on a rolling basis to the new MCAS Resource Center. A student tutorial for the computer-based version of the test is coming soon to the same webpage. These resources let students try the testing platform, including the tools and accessibility features that will be available during testing. This is also an opportunity to become familiar with new technology-enhanced types of question. Since this is the first year of phasing in computer-based testing for MCAS, ESE strongly encourages schools to have all students view the tutorial and try practice tests.