Center for Collaborative Education

Take the lead in your professional learning this summer with CCE’s Essential Personalized Learning and Quality Performance Assessment Institutes. Each of these four-day events will inspire new ideas of what student-centered teaching and learning can look like. 

  • Grasp the basics of student-centered learning and assessment design in small group workshops 
  • Design your own personalized learning plans and performance assessments
  • Gain the skills you need to bring this work back to your classroom

Experts and leaders in the work will be on hand to offer feedback and guidance on how you can effect lasting change in your school. Both institutes are appropriate for teachers, coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators.

Join us for the Quality Performance Assessment Institute from July 16 - 19 at Simmons College in Boston.   

C heck out the Essential Personalized Learning Institute at the Holiday Inn Dedham from July 30 - August 2. 

Upcoming Summer Institute Info Session

Learn more about our Summer Institutes at a quick 20-minute info session on Monday, April 30 at 3:00 PM. We’ll introduce each institute by providing a detailed overview of their content, structure, goals, and logistics, and answer your questions.

Sign up for a Session

 

Bring "Real World" Science & Engineering Practices Into Your Classrooms Align with the New MA STE Standards!

Enroll Now in CMI Summer Courses!   Held on Framingham State University Campus

Course 1 -- TSIP - Teaching Science through the Inquiry Process

Practical strategies to infuse more science & engineering practices into your teaching.

July 30-August 3 & November 3, 2018

CLICK HERE to view the TSIP video

Course 2 -- PCS - Project-based Classroom Science

  Project-based units for science concepts and tools to guide student research 

August 6-9 & November 3, 2018

Course 3 -- GRIPS - Guiding Research and Innovation Projects by Students

  Manage your “Science Fair Program” and gain district-wide support.

August 9-10, 2018

  Complete all three CMI Courses for graduate credit & earn the STEM Certificate in Science & Engineering Practices

Computer Science Training Grant

On April 12, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has a received a $364,000 grant from the College Board and the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. The money will be used to train public high school teachers in computer science coursework. To qualify for the professional development, teachers will submit online applications to Code.org beginning this spring. Information on how to apply is available online. Preference will be given to teachers working in Level 4 and 5 schools and to teachers from districts with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Laboratory Safety Institute

The Laboratory Safety Institute is currently in its 40th year of providing laboratory safety training to laboratories of every size, and in nearly every industry around the country, and around the world. We are passionate about our non-profit mission to encourage everyone to Teach, Learn, and Practice Science Safely. LSI believes that, if young people are to have rewarding scientific careers as researchers, Hygiene Officers, lab techs, and educators, they must have the safety education that keeps them, their coworkers and their facilities safe. If these habits do not begin early, many promising careers will be cut short as young people enter laboratories unprepared for the discipline of safe working conditions, or are alarmed by unsafe conditions they do not know how to address. 

We deliver our educational programs live at our offices in Natick, in scheduled and contracted courses around the world, by webinar, and via online/distance learning. Our scholarship program and membership discounts help make all these formats affordable for K-12 teachers. Through our programs, teachers can not only help their students, but help their schools and districts. They can also earn continuing education credits for their own professional development and career advancement. 

The details are available on our website through this link: http://www.labsafety.org/lab-safety-teachers (hyperlink  LSI Lab Safety for Teachers ).  Or, simply go to our website and type teachers in the search box. 

We are examining new schedules that might make our programs more accessible for teachers. We welcome feedback from the community as we consider new options such as evening and weekend programs. 

So, what's coming up soon in Massachusetts?

April 11, in Natick: our 1-Day Program, Safety in the Secondary School Science Lab:  SiSSSL  $99. teacher pricing* Normally $495.

April 24, in Natick: our monthly 2-Day Lab Safety Short Course:  2-Day Short Course  $199. teacher pricing* Normally $875.  

August 7-8-9 in Natick: our Lab Safety Boot Camp, the most comprehensive program available.  Boot Camp  $399. teacher pricing* Normally $1095. 

Details on our online courses are here:  Safety in the Laboratory Online Courses

And LSI offers free Q&A sessions every month. Join in person or via webinar:  Free Q&A

For more information on any of these programs or to discuss your needs, call or email Julie Woods at 508-647-1900 or Julie@labsafety.org.

 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Register now for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series to enhance your knowledge and teaching about climate and energy education!

Webinar1: Intro to CLEAN

April10, 4:30-5:00 (MT)

Register: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c4QlLbLvR5CJg-2tchV7SQ

Take a guided tour of the CLEAN portal. Learn about the CLEAN collection of over 700 climate and energy educational resources that include data-based activities, demonstrations and experiments, videos, and visualizations. Plus, learn about the range of supporting materials on the CLEAN website that help you accurately teach about climate and energy topics.

Webinar 2: Teaching About Climate and Energy

April 18, 3:30-4:00 (MT)

Register: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2RYnk_QQSSWz9LpUIVArCw

Learn how to use the Teaching About Climate and Energy web guides to help build an excellent foundation for teaching and learning about climate and energy concepts. Also, see how these teaching guides are integrated with the CLEAN collection of over 700 climate and energy resources on the CLEAN website.

Webinar 3: How to Plan Climate and Energy Units

April 24, 5:00-5:30 (MT)

Register: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UdrC3TBXS2yqVtGzFRnfOw

Want to learn how to build your own climate and energy units using three-dimensional design and the over 700 educational resources in the online CLEAN collection? Join in for an introduction to the CLEAN Get Started Guide, teacher planning materials, and downloadable classroom unit exemplars to support your teaching about climate and energy.

Webinar 4: CLEAN, NGSS, and 3-D Learning for Climate and Energy Education

April 30, 4:00-4:30 (MT)

Register: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WvigVPciRPaK2B5SR-UrIQ

Get insight on how the CLEAN collection of over 700 educational resources are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how CLEAN supports 3-dimensional learning. Learn how to search the CLEAN collection by NGSS climate and energy topics and at-a-glance standards tables to effectively teach about climate and energy in your classroom.

For more information or questions, contact: Jennifer.L.Taylor@Colorado.edu

 

Professional Development for Engineering Curriculum - Free

Through My Window is a free multimedia engineering curriculum for grades 4-8 that can be used in formal or informal educational settings.  The curriculum was created by Smith College and Springfield Technical Community in Massachusetts under a National Science Foundation grant.

Through My Window is hosting a free educator professional development workshop on June 21-22 in Springfield, MA.  Stipends are available for travel.  This training will focus on the new Through My Window resources: the TimeTilter novel and the companion Collusia.com website.  

TimeTilter is about displaced teens who find themselves testing the TimeTilter, an experimental in-person gaming site created by engineering company Collusia. But the teens realize the company that created the TimeTilter may not be as innocent as it first seemed. With key plot elements tied to bioengineering, the story contributes to student interest in STEM fields.

The Collusia.com companion website allows students to uncover more of Collusia's secrets while learning about engineering design, materials engineering, and bioengineering.

The training will cover all of these resources as well as background about engineering.  There will be time to collaborate with other educators from around the country.

If you're interested in more information or in applying for the training, please read and fill out this application: https://goo.gl/forms/GAnGm1Qk8ZJLb1dX2.  If you have additional questions, please email:

Isabel Huff, Outreach Coordinator, Through My Window  ishuff@stcc.edu

 

Foxborough’s 3rd Annual Summer Institute

Foxborough Public Schools is excited to announce that our annual Summer Institute will be held on June 27-28. The institute will offer a variety of sessions in the areas of literacy, math, science, special education, ELL/SEI and social emotional learning. 

We hope that you and your colleagues will join us for this great opportunity to learn, network, and earn up to 10 PDP's.  

8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
★ 5 PDPs each day
★ Lunch included
★ Attend one or both days!
★ More information including registration information will be available in early spring

Schedule: Choose your Breakout Sessions!
7:30 - 8:00 am Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am Choice of Keynote
9:15 - 12:30 pm Choice of Breakout Sessions
12:30 - 1:10 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 pm Choice of Breakout Session

Keynote Speakers:  TBA

  • Anticipated Workshops:  
  • Practical Strategies for Supporting:  English Learners, Special Education, Transgender Students, Trauma and Learning, Technology Integration, Executive Function, Classroom Management
  • Guided Math/Workshop
  • 3 Act-Tasks
  • Data Informed Planning
  • Effective Mini Lessons
  • Math Argument
  • Math Tools
  • Close Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Reader/Writer Workshop
  • Conferring
  • Daily 5
  • Café

Presented by the Foxborough Public Schools Professional Development Team. For questions please contact Alison Mello, Assistant Superintendent at melloa@foxborough.k12.ma.us or 508-543-1675.
Foxborough Cost: 1 day/$35 2 days/$50

Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Education

Our online courses are offered to teachers each summer in 6-8 week go-at-your-own-pace format. Both courses have optional graduate education credits available (3 graduate-level credits). Courses are taught by Beyond Benign Lead Teachers who have extensive experience teaching green chemistry in their classroom and developing green chemistry curriculum.

Introduction to Green Chemistry for High School Teachers

Advanced Green Chemistry: Connections to Our World

Registration Information:  http://www.beyondbenign.org/k12-online-courses/ 

Monthly PD Offerings from ASSISTments

The ASSISTments team is excited to be hosting PD workshops at WPI. Sessions are for new and experienced users to learn how to use ASSISTments to improve homework and other formative assessment practices. Sessions are offered on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Friday sessions are five hours and Saturday are three. If you do two Friday sessions or three Saturday sessions you can earn 10 PDPs. Learn more and register...

MITS 2018 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Using Science and Engineering Practices to Engage Your Students in Inquiry-Based Learning

Save the Dates: Weekdays, July 9 – 13 or July 16 – 20, 2018 

MITS 2018 Summer Professional Development Institutes are unique professional development courses, designed for Grades 3-8 and Middle & High School teachers, which are offered throughout Massachusetts

Participate in content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators and scientists at each collaborating partner organization. Daily activities include indoor inquiry-based classroom experiences and outdoor field experiences. Take home investigations you can use in your classroom as well as a collection of teaching resources and field trip ideas! 

  • Learn how to use the Science and Engineering Practices in your classroom and how they relate to science inquiry.
  • Explore STEM resources in your community.
  • Discover how to adapt your current curriculum to meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.
  • Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the state.

This year, institutes will be held in the Cape Cod, MetroWest, North Shore, Southeast, Berkshire and Central regions of Massachusetts. For more information, visit: 

http://mits.org/2018-summer-professional-development-institutes/

Cape Cod Region (for Middle and High Educators)

From Land to Sea: Practicing Sustainability, Modeling Solutions

Partners: National Marine Life Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, YMCA Camp Burgess Farm & Hayward, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Dates: July 9-13; Half Day Introductory Session June 9; Half Day Fall Call-back November 3
Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University ($225 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.  Housing available for Cape Cod Region

MetroWest Region (for Grades 3-8 Educators)

Landscapes for Learning: A Natural Confluence of Science, Literacy, Mathematics and Place-based Pedagogy

Partners: Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Walden Woods Project, Concord Museum

Dates: July 9-13; Half Day Introductory Session June 9; Half Day Fall Call-back November 17

Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University ($225 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). Fitchburg State University ($285 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

North Shore Region (for Grades 3-8 Educators)

Investigating Ecosystems and Assessing Human Impact

Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Glen Urquhart School, Plum Island Ecosystems LTER

Dates: July 16-20; Half Day Introductory Session June 16; Half Day Fall Call-back November 3

Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University ($225 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). Fitchburg State University ($285 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Southeast Region (for Grades 3-8 Educators)

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: How to Use Marine Science and Technology in the Classroom

Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center; University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST)

Dates: July 16-20; Half Day Introductory Session June 16; Half Day Fall Call-back November 3

Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University ($225 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Berkshire Region (for Grades 3-8 Educators)

Going Green with your Students: The Science and Engineering Behind Clean Energy

Partners: Flying Cloud Institute, Trustees of Reservations, Center for EcoTechnology

Dates: July 9-13; Half Day Introductory Session June 16; Half Day Fall Call-back November 17

Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) ($150 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Central Region (for Grades 3-8 Educators)

Parts and Purpose: Using Inquiry to Explore Structure and Function in Nature’s Laboratory

Partners: Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dates: July 9-13; Half Day Introductory Session June 9; Half Day Fall Call-back November 3

Registration Fee: $400/participant, $375/participant for a team of 2 teachers from the same school district, $350 for teams of 3 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University ($225 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). Fitchburg State University ($285 for 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Information Session and PD Opportunities: AP Computer Science Principles

Many of you have teachers that are teaching AP CSP (or who are interested in teaching AP CSP) in addition to ECS.  Three of the leading curriculum providers of AP CSP (Mobile CSP, Beauty and Joy of Computing, and U Teach CSP) have indicated they would be willing to provide info sessions to teachers in your area, if you have interest.  Summaries of each program below, please contact them directly.  

Mobile CSP - Jennifer Rosato, jrosato@css.edu

Mobile CSP is a College Board endorsed course designed to prepare students for the AP CS Principles exam. It is based on a mobile computing theme: students learn the basics of computer science by building socially useful mobile apps using the App Inventor programming language. For the 2018-19 school year, the Mobile CSP curriculum will support app building on both the Android and iOS (iPhone) platforms. To learn more about the curriculum, visit course.mobilecsp.org.

Beauty and Joy of Computing - Leslie Keller, lpkeller@ncsu.edu

Interested in adding the Beauty and Joy of Computing to the courses offered at your school? BJC is a College Board endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the AP Computer Science Principles course.  We are excited to announce two opportunities for teachers this Summer 2018. First, thanks to the generosity of Infosys Foundation USA, we are offering FREE BJC Computer Science Professional Development for 80 teachers at the Infosys Foundation’s USA Pathfinders Summer Institute on July 15-20, 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. Funds from Infosys will match funds from schools, districts and individual donations to make it possible for teachers to attend at no cost. Find more information at infy.com/Pathfinders.  Second, BJC will offer regional Summer PD to public school teachers at different locations and dates around the country. The cost of the workshop is $75 and includes all materials, and ongoing support by our BJC team. Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses. Apply for a regional BJC PD at http://bjc.link/BJCPDApp2018.  Find more information at http://bjc.berkeley.edu/summer-pd/.  Questions? Contact us at pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

UTeach CS Principles - Carol Ramsey, ramsey@uteach.utexas.edu

UTeach CS Principles is an NSF-supported, and College Board endorsed, year-long high school course that addresses the seven Big Ideas and six Computational Thinking Practices specified by the College Board’s AP Computer Science Principles Curriculum Framework. It is designed for students from diverse backgrounds who are new to computing. UTeach CSP is a complete, classroom-ready curriculum that contains comprehensive teacher materials that rely on delivery models that are flexible and easy for teachers to use in a variety of high school classroom settings. The curriculum is designed to be taught using a project-based approach to engage all students, especially women and other historically underrepresented students, in the field of computer science. It prioritizes deep conceptual understanding of computer science and development of computational thinking skills rather than focusing solely on programming.  A number of fully funded, five day in-person UTeach CS Principles workshop opportunities are available to teachers this summer. Please see our website for locations and dates: https://cs.uteach.utexas.edu/.

Argument-Driven Inquiry Online Courses

Start Anytime & Work at Your Own Pace!

Each online course runs for six weeks.

  • Register anytime to begin the course and work at your own pace. However, you must finish the course within 6 weeks of beginning of the course. 
  • Each course is moderated by an ADI Instructor and we're here to help if you get stuck or have questions along the way.
  • Want to talk with other people taking the course? Each course has its own Discussion Board to share ideas.

Course Price: $85/participant

Click here to Register

Are you a district that is interested in registering 10+ participants? We offer a discounted district rate. Interested districts should e-mail krista@argumentdriveninquiry.com

Teacher Engineering Education Program at Tufts University

The Teacher Engineering Education program is a flexible, affordable graduate credit-earning program from Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), a pioneer in K12 engineering education research and practices. The program imparts the knowledge and provides the resources for any teacher to expand or change their approach, meet NGSS standards, and integrate hands-on engineering principles into their coursework. All courses are online and built to fit a busy teacher’s lifestyle with four rigorous and engaging courses totalling 16 credit hours, small class sizes, shipped-to-your-door hands-on resources, and a low $300 per credit hour cost. For more information, visit teep.tufts.edu

The transformative summer Modeling Instruction workshops for the summer of 2018

  • A 2-week intensive workshop focused on instruction and training, along with all the resources you need to immediately implement Modeling Instruction in your classroom

  • Year-long membership in AMTA and access to all the materials they provide (chemistry, physics, biology, physical science, middle school science)

  • PDPs (or 3 graduate credits for an additional fee)

  • Connection to local novice and expert modelers

  • A network of passionate, innovative teachers who will inspire and encourage you

  • Workshop Details

    Topics offered: Biology, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2

    Dates: July 9-20, 2018

    Location: Metro Boston (TBA)

    Estimated workshop fee:

    $800 Early bird registration (enroll and submit deposit by April 30)

    $900 Regular registration (enroll and submit deposit by June 30) 

    For funding opportunities, please go to https://www.stemteachersmassbay.org/funding

    Sign up now! tinyurl.com/ModelingMA2018

     

Professional Development by STEM Education Center at WPI

The STEM Education Center offers a variety of professional development workshops for teachers on WPI's campus during the academic year as well as throughout the summer. We focus on enriching STEM education in the classroom at both the subject specific level and as fully integrated subject content & practices across STEM fields. 

https://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem-education-center/professional-development/center

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

 

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