2018 MITS Professional Development Seminar Series

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.) invites you to join us for our 2018 MITS Professional Development Seminar Series – full day workshops that cover both scientific content and inquiry-based pedagogy. Seminars are designed for staff and volunteers from science, environmental, history, technology, art and other cultural institutions and centers in New England. Teachers are also welcome. All sessions promise to provide hands-on, minds-on professional development opportunities for you and your staff. Come to one or more!

Wednesday, January 24th

  • Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and Some Ideas About What to Do About It
    Presenter: Ellen Marie Douglas, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston
  • How We Know What We Know: Using Real-World Data to Explore Key Climate Concepts
    Presenter: Jeremy D. Shakun, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College

Wednesday, February 14th

  • Developing a Taste for Molecular Biology
    Presenter: Lindsay Mehrmanesh, Biology Teaching Lab Supervisor, Brandeis University
  • Sharing Science: Connecting Scientists and Engineers with the Public
  • Presenters: Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, and Elizabeth Leahy, Assistant Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

Wednesday, March 28th (special full-day session)

  • Dig In: Strengthening Sustainability Learning Through Farm-to-School Connection
    Presenters: Ryan Morra, Professional Learning Coordinator, Shelburne Farms & Vermont FEED and Simca Horwitz, Director, Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Tuesday, April 24th

  • The Technology, Data and People Behind Forecasting in the National Weather Service
    Presenter: Glenn Field, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/National Weather Service, Boston, MA
  • Engaging Students with Weather & Climate Through Media
    Presenter: Jake Foster, Director, STEM Curriculum and Instruction, WGBH

Dates: January 24th, February 14th, March 28th and April 24th

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Higgins University Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Cost: $40 per seminar (discounted fees of $108 are offered for attending 3 seminars or $140 for attending all 4 seminars) 

Certificates of participation are available for each seminar. PDPs are available for those participating in 2 or more seminar dates.

Visit www.mits.org for more information and details about each session. Click here to register: https://museuminstituteforteachingscience.wufoo.com/forms/r1e2xt41a9win7/ 

Google Certification

EdTechTeacher has just added additional sessions of Google Certified Educator Training in both Eastern and Western Massachustts

Please register if interested in getting help before attempting to take the Google exam. 

http://edtechteacher.org/google-level1/

If you ware interested in hosting a training in your school, we are happy to chat with you!

Thank you

Gail Ross- cBride
Chief Administrative Office
EdTechTeacher
888-377-9518 X1

AMTA Modeling Workshop

Because we know many teachers are not able to spend 3 weeks away from home, maybe in a different state, to take a Modeling Workshop™ in the summer, AMTA started with distance learning workshops.

So far, we have hosted Modeling Workshops™ in E&M and chemistry second semester, for people who already had taken a face to face Modeling Workshop™. In January, we will start with the Intro to Modeling course, for people who have not taken a regular summer workshop yet.

What are conceptual models? What is modeling? What is Modeling Instruction—what is it like for teachers? for students? How does it work? Why does it work?  What (if anything) does it have to do with NGSS?
For more information, dates and costs,please visit the website: 

http://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/spring-2018/ 
and: 
https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/apply-rsvp?rsvp=1046

 

Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, and Physical Science Teachers

Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, and Physical Science Teachers are invited to join the Concord Consortium's Energy Team from October 8-10 for a free workshop in Rockport, MA. Learn how to implement two projects that encourage students learners to work like scientists and engineers with IR cameras and CAD software to solve real-world problems. Apply today by clicking here.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdf5mifZSGhZDERdsJR6gZc4JQhWtqHNAmdvYvEit-uNgFn8g/viewform

Intro to Modeling Distance Learning Course

Because we know many teachers are not able to spend 3 weeks away from
home, maybe in a different state, to take a Modeling Workshop™ in the
summer, AMTA started with distance learning workshops.

So far, we have hosted Modeling Workshops™ in E&M and chemistry second
semester, for people who already had taken a face to face Modeling
Workshop™. In January, we will start with the Intro to Modeling course, for
people who have not taken a regular summer workshop yet.

What are conceptual models? What is modeling? What is Modeling
Instruction—what is it like for teachers? for students? How does it work?
Why does it work? What (if anything) does it have to do with NGSS?
For more information, dates and costs, please visit the website:
http://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/spring-2018/

Professional Development offered at BSU

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering the following opportunities for teachers.  Additional details and links to register for all programs below can be found online at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-teachers 

  • The Great American Solar Eclipse
  • Open Lab Night for High School and Middle School Teachers
  • Macro to Micro Professional Development for Teachers
  • CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules
  • BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Cancer Biology

Experiencing Scientific Inquiry A THREE-COURSE SERIES ON LEARNING AND TEACHING SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” Albert Einstein

Tufts Departments of Education and Physics & Astronomy offer a series of graduate-level courses for K-8 science educators focused on doing science. That’s the “practices” part of the new MA Framework and Dimension 1 of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Take a Class

The first course begins this spring: Experiencing Scientific Inquiry. It will be mostly online, with three in-person meetings at Tufts.

Learn more about the first course >

Teachers interested in continuing their education may register for the full three-course sequence on teaching scientific inquiry.

Learn about the course sequence >

Earn a Certificate

After completing the first course, students may apply to the Science Education Certificate Program. Credit earned in the first online course will be transferred into this program. Request more information by emailing Certificates@tufts.edu.