Seasons and Cycles in Nature Teacher Workshop Series for Preschool through Grade Five Teachers

March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 (NEW DATES)

Let's have some fun learning about phenology! Phenology is defined as the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Teacher Naturalists will share their knowledge, experience and resources to help you integrate science, language arts, and math into the field of nature education - both in the classroom and in the schoolyard. We can help you become more confident as a teacher of science and nature. You will discover the many ways to bring inquiry learning into your curriculum using living and non-living objects, hands-on science, the dramatic arts, and simple technology. This series draws from our extensive education work with schools from grade preschool through early elementary. Our Joppa Team will show you the many benefits of nature education including better focus, teamwork and attention to detail not to mention a great way to reduce anxiety for both students AND teachers! In addition, participants will take away lesson plans for each activity shared during the workshop for you to access and share with colleagues. Full description can be located at: https://goo.gl/b5kSct

MITS February 2018 Professional Development Seminar

Spend Valentine's Day with the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) 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. We hope to see you there!

Sharing Science: Connecting Scientists and Engineers with the Public

Join us on Wednesday, February 14th and come away with ideas for fostering one-on-one interactions between science/engineering professionals and the visitor/school programs at your own institution to inspire a public full of curious, confident and enthusiastic science learners. Hear about The Discovery Museum's Science & Engineering Communication Fellowship program, part of the national Portal to the Public network, which was designed to help research scientists learn how to communicate their research effectively to the public and create activities to engage learners with their research. In this seminar, you will engage in sample professional development activities used by museum staff with fellowship participants, and learn about some of the unique and successful programs developed by the Fellows across a range of disciplines – from neuroscience to condensed matter physics. 

ur morning presenter, Dr. Lindsay Mehrmanesh, will share the activity she developed as a participant in the Discovery Museum's program, and illustrate how you might bring the work of research scientists into your institutions. A molecular biologist, Dr. Mehrmanesh will use models and an engaging "super-taster" activity to showcase her research with DNA.

Presenters:

Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

Elizabeth Leahey, Assistant Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

Lindsay Mehrmanesh, Biology Teaching Lab Supervisor, Brandeis University

For more information about the MITS 2018 Professional Development Seminar Series, visit: www.mits.org

Click here to register: https://museuminstituteforteachingscience.wufoo.com/forms/r1e2xt41a9win7/ 

All Seminar 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.

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

Silver Lake Location for Elementary Science and Engineering Technology - 3 credits

The School of Education at Cambridge College offers Science coursework for graduate credit that can help Silver Lake Elementary teachers understand and incorporate the 2016 Massachusetts Science Standards.

This course introduces teachers at the elementary level to the newly drafted revisions of the Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering standards along with the instructional tools and strategies required to effectively advance learner achievement specific to the new performance expectations. The course includes both early childhood and elementary science practices and content designed to strengthen scientific literacy among learners as they explore and use key knowledge specific to earth, life, physical and engineering sciences.

The course is offered in a hybrid format that features both online learning and interactive, face-to-face instruction. Four(4) online learning modules. Five (5) Seated Classes: March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3. (make-up April 10) Location & Time : Silver Lake Regional Middle School, 3:45pm-7:45pm, (break for dinner)

Pursuant to 603 CMR 7.04(2)(c)(5)(c)(i)(i), you may seek professional license through the Massachusetts DESE, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Individuals are solely responsible for verifying with DESE.

Cost: $600 if 15 teachers register, $500 if 20+ teachers register

Cambridge College Registration Form https://www.cambridgecollege.edu/sites/default/files/file_uploads/reg- nonmatric-registration.pdf

Silver Lake Contact: Melissa Farrell, K-6 Curriculum Coordinator mfarrell@slrsd.org 781-585-4313

For further course questions: John Papadonis john.papadonis@cambridgecollege.edu

Robotics with Blockly PD Course in Portsmouth, NH March 1-2

Parallax is offering these courses entirely free and they include an ActivityBot! The courses provide the teachers with the same hands-on experience they’ll use in the classroom. The focus is on building electronic circuits with sensors and motors, programming the system with Blockly (and C), and simply providing students with meaningful STEM learning experiences in which they’d like to engage. The Parallax course uses the Propeller Multicore Microcontroller - but so what? It’s the same chip used in real-world commercial products, giving your students a path forward.  

To register simply find the course listed here https://www.parallax.com/events and complete the application form. 

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

*Waves and Applications for Teachers*, a graduate-level course for physics and physical science teachers (grades 9-12).

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is offering *Waves and Applications for Teachers*, a
graduate-level course for physics and physical science teachers (grades
9-12). This 2-credit course is available in both hybrid online and fully
online formats! *Waves and Applications* provides an excellent introduction
to the modeling method of instruction, a review of the NGSS, and practical
training in the teaching wave and motion concepts.

*Waves and Applications* is part of the new *Next Generation Modeling
Courses* program.

Fully online or hybrid

January 29- to May 15, 2018

Leaders: Mark Lattery and Scott Hertting

For more information about this program, please visit us at:
uwosh.edu/phys/ngmc <http://www.uwosh.edu/phys/ngmc>

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

 

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.