Free Science Curriculum Workshop by AAAS Project 2061

Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop hosted by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.

The workshop, “Supporting Three-dimensional Learning and Teaching with New Curriculum Materials,” will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.

Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:

  • Toward High School Biology is designed for use in middle school and focuses on helping students understand what happens to atoms and molecules during the chemical reactions that result in the growth and repair of living organisms:
  • Matter and Energy for Growth and Activity is for high school biology students and expands on the middle school unit to help students understand the relationship between matter and energy changes. The unit also explores how energy-releasing and energy-requiring chemical reactions are coupled in living systems so that organisms can carry out basic life functions.

The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.

Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Submit your workshop application here.

Jo Ellen Roseman, Director AAAS, Project 2061

1200 New York Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20005


Residential Summer Workshops at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering The daVinci Project July 9-13, 2018

Introducing our students to engineering is a national need.  Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems.  The UConn School of Engineering is holding its 19th annual daVinci Project.   It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 9-13.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 9 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant.  Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration!  We have 35 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district. Workshop links below.

1.    Air Quality and Health: Building an Air Pollution Measurement Device with an Arduino® – 2 Fellowships available

2.    NEW!  Innovative Underwater Robotics for STEM projects – 8 Fellowships available

3.    NEW!  From Geometry to Algorithms – 4 Fellowships available

4.    Basic Arduino® Programming for STEM Projects – 2 Fellowships available

5.    Understanding Pain: Sensory and emotional stimulus to your brain  – 2 Fellowships available

6.    Bioinformatics: Using Computer Science to Understand Life – 3 Fellowships available

7.    Low Cost Solar Cells – 2 Fellowships available

8.    Robots: Use in Industry and Elderly Assistance – 2 Fellowships available

9.    Mathematical Optimization with Applications to Smart Grid and Intelligent Buildings – 10 Fellowships available

An on-line 2018 application and more information can be accessed at

Registration deadline: June 15, 2018.

   Confirmation will be sent after your registration is received.

If you have questions or need further information please contact us at or 860-486-5536. 


WPI - VEX Robotics for Educators – August 6-10

This intensive program weaves together robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components include VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. A culminating task will require participants to apply their learning toward the design and programming of a robot that competes in a VEX challenge. The STEM education component includes a review of STEM standards related to robotics, application of the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges.

Find out more here!


WPI - STEM/STEAM Projects – August 1

This day of STEM & STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) projects offers participants the opportunity to engage with two different design challenges. First, participants are introduced to the framework of STEM and STEAM and then continue with two integrated STEM projects. Following each project educators will work in grade-level teams to modify the challenges to best fit their students' level of understanding.

Find out more here!

WPI - Developing and Using Models – July 31

This PD unpacks the second NGSS practice: Developing and Using Models. Participants will examine a variety of ways to model/represent a phenomenon and discuss the ways that scientists, engineers, and mathematicians use models in their daily work. Participants will then engage in two hands on activities related to developing and using models and share resources for standard based modeling activities. 

Find out more here!

WPI - Teaching and Learning with MA STE Framework – July 26

Let’s unpack the standards and practices in the 2016 MA STE Framework together! Participants will review the spiral structure of core ideas and unpack the 8 science and engineering practices. Participants then engage in hands on tasks and projects that emphasize the integration of content and practices. The workshop ends with sharing resources that are aligned with the 2016 Framework.

Find out more here!

WPI - Engineering a Story – July 25

This fun and engaging workshop offers a hands-on approach for educators to explore practical ways for using engineering design and thinking skills to enrich learning and expose students to concepts of engineering from a young age. Aligned with the NGSS, this PD presents methods for using a text (fiction or non-fiction) as the context for problem solving. Teachers will use books they already use in the classroom to identify a key problem, generate solutions, focus on the best fit solution and design a prototype to solve the problem presented in the book.

Find out more here!

WPI - LEGO Robotics for Educators – Offered throughout July and August

Due to high demand, we offer LEGO robotics programs for teachers K-12 at various levels! All LEGO Robotics for Educators programs include two main components: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming, and STEM education pedagogy. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 component involves hands on practice of using the different sensors to program a robot; the advanced program will focus on more challenging programming & tasks.  The STEM education component includes a review of robotics & engineering related standards, the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics challenges.

Find out more here!

Summer Skill Building: DLCS Professional Development

If you want to learn a language like Java, C#, or HTML while pursuing your MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science teaching certification, CompuScholar is offering FREE access to their online courses.  From now through August 1st, take a free CompuScholar class from your own home, at your own pace.  Seating is limited, so sign up quickly before the program reaches capacity this year!  Register here

CompuScholar’s courses are currently undergoing crosswalk review for alignment to MA DLCS standards.  For alignment details and suggested course tracks, please see their Massachusetts landing page.

Spots still available for’s professional learning opportunities

There’s still time for middle and high school teachers to apply for’s 2018 Professional Learning Program. We have some spots available here in Massachusetts, but the final deadline for submitting applications is Monday, June 18th. Applications are reviewed as teachers apply, so we may fill our workshops before the deadline. The sooner you apply, the higher your chances are of being accepted into the program.

Generous grants and donations through have enabled us to offer this program for free this year for teachers in Massachusetts. The College Board is providing funds for travel and hotel for educators in our CS Principles program (grades 9-12) while Microsoft is providing hotels for up to 20 educators in our CS Discoveries program (grades 6-10). Priority will be given to those traveling the furthest distances to Boston. This is a great opportunity to expand CS education in your district! Apply Now


Sustainable STEAM: Elementary Teacher Training

Are you looking for safe engaging lessons to teach science and engineering in unique affordable ways? Real-world sustainable innovations inspired by nature provide the backdrop for integrating scientific thinking and engineering design into your classroom. This workshop will equip you with interactive lessons aligned to MA STE, MA Common Core ELA & Math standards as well as Art extensions. 

Taught by Beyond Benign’s staff and Lead Teacher team of elementary teachers you will receive hands-on experience and open-access resources designed for teachers and by teachers. Earn 10 PDP’s for full participation in the workshop and completion of a follow-up assignment through our professional development co-sponsor Bridgewater State University.

 June 26, 2018, Wilmington, MA

June 28, 2018, Bridgewater, MA

Each event has their own Eventbrite page, our website’s event page is

Free August Professional Development Workshop

Through My Window is excited to be hosting a FREE professional development workshop to formal and informal educators who work with grades 4-8.  You can apply here:


What’s Through My Window?

Through My Window is a free multimedia engineering curriculum for grades 4-8 created by Smith College and Springfield Technical Community College.


What does the curriculum include?

The curriculum includes 2 middle-grade STEM mystery novels--Talk to Me and TimeTilter--with companion curriculum.  Engineering topics including artificial intelligence, engineering design, engineering ethics, materials engineering, and bioengineering and biomimicry are covered.


What will the training cover?

The training will cover all of the Through My Window curriculum resources, including the two novels, online learning modules, and a wide variety of offline enrichment activities.  Participants will leave prepared to implement in their classroom or site.  The hands-on interactive training will include plenty of time for participants to explore curriculum components as well as learn more about engineering education.

When is the training?

The training is two full days:  August 8th and 9th, 9 am - 4:30 pm on both days.


Cost:  the training is free of charge

Food:  breakfast and lunch are provided both days

PDPs:  14 PDPs will be awarded to participants

Location:  UMass Center in downtown Springfield, MA



If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.



Isabel Huff

Outreach Coordinator

Through My Window

One Armory Square

Springfield, MA 01102

Office: (413) 755-4624

Mobile: (406) 880-2269

Summer STEM PD for Educators at WPI Registration is Open

Summer is the perfect time to develop your professional skills, make new connections with STEM colleagues, and prep for the new academic year. Attend one of the manySTEM programs and workshops offered by the STEM Education Center: LEGO and VEX robotics (for newbies and experienced users), STEM and STEAM projects (new projects every year!), bringing modeling to classrooms, and unpacking standards and practices. Learn more and register

TouchTomorrow 2018: Workshops for Educators Saturday, June 9 at WPI

The STEM Education Center will offer free STEM workshops during WPI’s 7th TouchTomorrow Festival. PreK-12 educators are invited to learn about: 1) bringing STEM to your students or children through robotics and engineering challenges, and 2) the many opportunities to engage with the STEM Education Center at WPI or in your school. Workshops are limited to 20 participants each and require pre-registration. Learn more and register...

Engage in Inquiry-based Science Learning During MITS Summer Institutes

MITS 2018 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Where: Choose from 6 Regions

When: Weekdays, July 9–13 or July 16–20, 2018

  • 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.

July 9-13:  

Cape Cod Region: From Land to Sea: Practicing Sustainability, Modeling Solutions.  (Middle and High School) Learn about human threats to Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts’ coastal environment and animals. Explore sustainable farming techniques and solutions that make a difference to ocean sustainability.

Partners:  National Marine Life Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, YMCA Camp Burgess Farm & Hayward, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

MetroWest Region: Landscapes for Learning: A Natural Confluence of Science, Literacy, Mathematics and Place-based Pedagogy (Grades 3-8)

Collect data from local rivers and ponds, explore landscapes that have inspired a confluence of science and ideas for centuries, and learn effective strategies for using nature journals, science notebooks and other literacy tools in your classroom.
Partners: Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Walden Woods 

Concord Museum

Berkshire Region: Going Green with your Students: The Science and Engineering Behind Clean Energy. (Grades 3-8) Experiment with solar, hydroelectric, wind, and biomass technologies. Explore and develop strategies to help students incorporate engineering design practices into renewable energy projects

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

Central Region: Parts and Purpose: Using Inquiry to Explore Structure and Function in Nature’s Laboratory.  (Grades 3-8)   Investigate how birds, insects, and seeds move through their environment, and explore the co-evolution of the pollen-collecting adaptations of bumblebees and the bee-attracting adaptations of flowers. Partners: Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

July 16-20:

North Shore Region: Investigating Ecosystems and Assessing Human Impact, (Grades 3-8 ) How are humans helping or harming local habitats? Explore ways to Investigate how humans are impacting local habitats through your own schoolyard, and in the world around you. Learn about citizen-science projects that will have them collecting real, local data that can be used by scientists.

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

Southeast Region: Inquiring Minds Want to Know: How to Use Marine Science and Technology in the Classroom (Grades 3-8)

Design floats to meet buoyancy criteria, engineer prosthetics for ocean animals, and investigate water-sampling techniques. Experiment with tools, methods, and techniques to make marine science and technology more accessible to students

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

Each institute costs $400 per person per institute, with discounts available. PDP’s awarded and Graduate Credit optional.

For full descriptions and registration information, visit:

Hit the Ground Running Next Year: Free NGSS Course Opportunity!

Are you looking to kick start the school year with a robust, vetted, and Next Generation Science Standards-designed unit?

If you’re teaching science in grades five through nine and are interested in learning about the Disruptions in Ecosystems Unit, receiving the printed materials, getting continuing education or graduate credit, and implementing Chapter One at the start of your school year — then apply today to join our free online course!

As part of this course, Disruptions in Ecosystems: Three-Dimensional Learning in Practice, we will:

  • Provide you with printed materials for the unit and some other handy printouts to support your teaching.
  • Give you access to the Tch Plus platform, where you can engage with other science educators and discuss the materials with experts.
  • Pursue credit opportunities for your specific region.
  • Construct meaningful learning experiences around video.


Reach out to with any questions about this great opportunity to hit the ground running next year and then be sure to apply to get your spot!

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