Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell, Silent Sky

Opening on October 18 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell, Silent Sky is the incredible true story of boundary-shattering New England astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her colleagues working at Harvard Observatory in the early 20thcentury. Astronomers and scientists get 25% off tickets using promocode: SKYPLAY. (4 tickets per order, offer may be rescinded at any time, cannot be combined with other offers.) Just call the Box Office at 978-654-4678 or go online at mrt.org to buy your tickets. Also, student tickets are always just $15.

Some materials:

New Frontiers in Clean Energy Education: A Training for Rural and Inner City Teachers in Boston

The U.S. Department of Energy would like to welcome you to apply to participate in the second annual C3E science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers’ event. The event will focus on clean energy and provide each teacher with a hands-on training experience and networking opportunities on best practices for teaching a clean energy curriculum.

If you are interested in attending, please complete all required sections of this application and submit to the Department of Energy’s point-of-contact melinda.higgins@hq.doe.gov on or before Friday, October 20, 2017.

Date of event: November 17, 2017

Location: The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: None. This will be a free event for accepted applicants.

Submission Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to attend the full workshop on November 17, 2017 at the Museum of Science in Boston. A travel and/or substitute stipend may be made available based on need, although funds are limited. You will be notified if these funds should be accepted to the workshop.

  • Teacher of STEM at the middle school and/or secondary level
  • Travel costs (limited number of travel stipends are available)
  • Your acknowledgement you have received permission from your administrator to attend if chosen
  • English language speaker
  • Submit this completed application by October 20, 2017

Timeline of Key Dates

  • Submission deadline – October 20, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance to workshop – October 27, 2017
  • C3E Teacher Training at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA – November 17, 2017

Download the application. Questions may be directed to melinda.higgins@hq.doe.gov.

2017 CSTA New England Regional Conference at UMass Lowell

Working Together to Strengthen K-12 Computer Science

Saturday, October 28, 7:30a to 3:00p

 

The Computer Science Teachers Association's Greater Boston Chapter is organizing a New England Regional Conference for teachers, superintendents, administrators, technology directors, and school counselors who are invested in building a regional effort to strengthen K-12 computer science education.

Keynote speakers are James Peyser, Massachusetts Secretary of Education and Steve Vinter, Executive Coach and Tech Leadership Development Advisor.  The conference has tracks for administrators and teachers, and advance registration is $30. 

Register now!

Emily Lakdawalla in Kingston RI 10/10

Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society will be speaking on "The Golden Age of Solar System Exploration" at 7:00 p.m. on October 10 in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road on the campus of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

The fifth in a ten-lecture series, Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything, the event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit:

https://today.uri.edu/news/uri-honors-colloquium-to-tackle-origins-of-the-universe-life-on-earth-and-potential-for-life-on-other-worlds/

http://web.uri.edu/hc/

David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University will be speaking on "This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution and Evolving the Future"

David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University will be speaking on "This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution and Evolving the Future" at noon on October 5 in Haller Hall, Geological Museum, Room 102, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge.

A description of the event: "The study of evolution in relation to human affairs lags behind the study of evolution in relation to biology by about a century. The statement 'Nothing about X makes sense except in the light of evolution' is already commonplace for X=biology, is becoming acceptable for X=the academic study of humans, and remains mystifying and/or threatening for X=public policy. I will provide an overview of these trends with a focus on public policy as the wise management of evolutionary processes."

The Julia Booms Memorial Lecture, the event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit:

https://lifesciences.fas.harvard.edu/event/view-life-completing-darwinian-revolution-and-evolving-future

Computer Science-STEM Opportunity

The Department and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) seek educator teams from up to 6 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 contact Anne DeMallie at  ademallie@doe.mass.edu for applications and supporting documentation.  Applications and supporting documentation must be e-mailed by October 20, 2017 to Anne DeMallie.  

National Center for Science Education

Robert Hazen in Kingston RI 10/3

Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and George Mason University will be speaking on "Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins" at 7:00 p.m. on October 3 in Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road on the campus of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

The fourth in a ten-lecture series, Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything, the event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit:

https://today.uri.edu/news/uri-honors-colloquium-to-tackle-origins-of-the-universe-life-on-earth-and-potential-for-life-on-other-worlds/

http://web.uri.edu/hc/

Fab@School Match Grant Program

As part of an international consortium of research and education partners, led by University of Virginia, the Fab@School Initiative ...introduces engaging STEM teaching and learning earlier on in schools. ... To support this research initiative, the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity has developed a key tool in the program - Fab@School Maker Studio, a digital design and fabrication platform. The online software has been designed as a flexible on-ramp to meaningful STEM/STEAM learning, which introduces an engineering process specifically for use in K-8 classrooms.

Fab@School Maker Studio tools are easily adapted across grade levels - from step-by-step and ready-made standards-based projects - to recreating and modifying sophisticated inventions offered through a U.S. Department of Education i3-funded partnership with the Smithsonian.

Thanks to generous funding offered by mindSpark Learning through the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF) and the Reynolds Center, we are inviting a limited number of schools/districts to participate in the Fab@School Match Grant Program.

Match Grant Opportunity

We are pleased to offer a matching grant of $1,750 per school, which will help provide:

  • A year-long school site license for Fab@School Maker Studio web-based, digital fabrication software program - compatible with Mac, Windows, iPad, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices.
  • Digital fabrication hardware (2 Silhouette Portrait digital fabricators).
  • Virtual professional development providing an overview of the software tools, as well as support for curriculum integration.

Subsidized by the $1,750 match grant from mindSpark Learning through MFF/Reynolds Centerthe cost to districts will be the $1,750 per school for the year-long Fab@School program.

To take advantage of this special invitation, please email: TLCGrants@reynoldstlc.org for further information about participating in this program. 

Massachusetts Marine Educators Boston Harbor Educators Conference

Sanctuary and Seamounts

Saturday, October 21st - 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

UMASS BOSTON

Schedule

8:15-8:45                    Registration and Coffee

8:45-10:00                 Welcome and Keynote Speaker Ben Haskell, Acting Superintendent, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

10:00-10:15                 Coffee and Exhibits

10:30-11:45                 Workshops I

11:45-12:30                 Lunch and Exhibits

12:40-1:40                  Keynote Speaker Ivar Babb, Director, Northeast Undersea Research, Technology and Education Center, University of Connecticut

1:45-3:15                     Workshops II
Education Workshops – information will be available on the MME website:  http://ma-marine-ed.org/

*Free Parking or MBTA reimbursement to the first 50 registrants.

To REGISTER for the conference:  go to https://massmarineeducators.wufoo.com/forms/bhec-2017/

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

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.

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.