Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

2017 Annual MAST Conference:  Spotlight on Science! 

Thursday November 2 - Friday November 3

The topical themes of the conference are: 

  • Climate Change Education: Our Changing World
  • New Teacher Resources
  • Student Misconceptions
  • Technology Resource in the Science Classroom
  • Dynamic Classrooms

You can learn about the Next Generation Science, Technology, and Engineering MCAS from this slide presentation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Thursday's Keynote Speaker: Brian Reiser

Developing and Teaching with Coherent Storylines to Support Three-Dimensional Science Learning

Brian will explore the characteristics of coherent storylines for NGSS, in which each step in students’ learning is motivated by the questions students have articulated in trying to make sense of phenomena and gaps they have identified in the explanations they have built so far. Using examples from elementary, middle school, and high school storylines, Brain will consider how to anchor storyline investigations in phenomena, how to support students as partners in determining where to go next in investigations, and how to incrementally assemble pieces of the disciplinary ideas across a unit.

BackgroundBrian J. Reiser is professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Reiser’s research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Dr. Reiser heads the Next Generation Storylines project, which establishes researcher-teacher teams to develop NGSS aligned storylines, in which students help manage the trajectory of their science knowledge building. Dr. Reiser is also a co-leader of the Next Generation Science Exemplar System project, which has developing practice-based professional development in use by thousands of teachers across the U.S. Dr. Reiser is also a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education. He has served on the NRC committees authoring the reports A Framework for K-12 Science Education (the framework that guided the development of the Next Generation Science Standards), Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Reiser earned his Ph.D. in cognitive science from Yale University.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 40.0px Helvetica}

Friday's Keynote Speaker: Michael DiSpezio


Rethinking K-12  Science Instruction for the 21st Century

Join Michael for this engaging, interactive and informative presentation that addresses the redesign of science instruction based upon the tenets of evolving science standards. In this hands-on/minds-on session, you'll construct an understanding of curriculum reform as you participate in several engaging activities that profile and illustrate the precepts of a successful three dimensional approach to Science and Technology/Engineering education.  From performance expectations to reduced content, Michael addresses the changes that are essential to transforming schools into engaging learning environments. So be prepared to learn, participate and have fun as you construct a practical understanding of what to expect as you re-engineer curriculum for the 21st century!

Background: Michael DiSpezio, renaissance educator, speaker, and author.

A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner. His knowledge of natural history has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements throughout the world on an assortment of scientific topics that range from optical illusions to learning and the brain.

Leaving the laboratory, he celebrated his passion in education as a K-12 classroom teacher for nearly ten years. Towards the end of that tenure, he began writing textbooks and was awarded his first authorship on a high school chemistry series.

Extensive travel has taken him from the Emmys with an award nominated show on HIV to the Bahamas where he developed the Discovery Channel Camp at Atlantis. To date, he is the author of over 30 trade books and has co-authorship on over 3 dozen science textbooks.

Michael is a consulting author of HMH Science Dimensions, a K-12 science curriculum designed specifically to address the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), co-author of HMH Science Fusion and STEM consultant of HMH Texas Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

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