Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    October 21-23, 2016
    Wesleyan University Middletown CT
    Theme: How Physics Teaching Has Changed Since 1950: 66 years after the landmark AAPT National Meeting at Wesleyan University

    In 1950, the first AAPT National Meeting was held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Travel down Rt. 66 and meet us on October 21-23, 2016 for the Regional meeting of the New England, New York and New Jersey Sections of AAPT.

    We will look at how we taught Physics, how we teach Physics now, and where we are headed in the future. We invite you to contribute talks, workshops and postersrelated to secondary- and college-level Physics pedagogy:
    The History of Physics Education
    • Teaching Methods: Studio, Flipping, Team-based Learning, Guided and Open Inquiry, Problem-based Learning, Project-based Learning, Modeling Physics, Blended/Online courses, the new AP Physics, etc. How does conceptual understanding inform mathematical rigor? 
    • Experiments in Progress: What new approaches are you trying in your classes? What are your preliminary results? 
    • Assessment: How do we know our teaching is effective? What are the best assessment tools? Does it all fit with NGSS? 
    Please submit your abstracts on-line at:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fg4jmkpJxmZ9cVpRrwEF6VW0RCI3F yQksENZVQzcrp8/vie wform Workshops already tentatively scheduled include: Arduino (3-hour), Optics (1.5-hour), PTRA Workshop (3-hour) “Activities from The Perimeter Institute - including GPS, Planck’s Constant and others” 
  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are invited to take part in a research project about teachers’ opinions of and experiences with the mental health needs of elementary and middle school students. Researchers estimate that 75% of children with mental health difficulties fail to receive needed services, and schools can be extremely instrumental in helping to connect these children to appropriate treatment. If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to provide some background demographic information as well as to complete questionnaires regarding your thoughts about child mental health issues. You will even have the opportunity to request a presentation of the results of this research at your school! Research results will provide insight into school-based methods to better promote student psychological health and well-being. You and your colleagues can be innovative leaders in assisting students with mental health needs. This study is voluntary and your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. You will not be asked to provide your name or any other identifying information as part of this study. If you choose to provide your email in order to request a presentation of research results to be held at your school, your email will be kept separate from your responses and used only for the purposes of scheduling the research presentation. Eligible participants include teachers and other elementary or middle school personnel who interact frequently with students. Additionally, participants must be at least 18 years old to complete this survey. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Teachers_and_child_mental_health

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Six Star Science OT is a 10-month online professional development program that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards and expanding teacher skills in three major areas:
    1. Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 
    2. Understanding the Research Process; and 
    3. Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. 
    Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials. Fellows receive a stipend for completion of their online work and graduate credit is available. Application deadline: January 31, 2017
    More info on this program can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org 


  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out our fall lineup of online graduate courses from the American Museum of Natural History. Gain exciting new knowledge and powerful classroom resources with 6-week online courses co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators. Plus, our new website makes it easier than ever to find the courses you’re looking for and partner universities to fulfill your graduate credit needs!

    Seminars on Science courses include: The Brain; Climate Change; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Ocean System; The Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.

    The next session starts September 19th. Sign up today and receive $50 off your registration fee! Use code SCIENCEMATTERS.

    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn. If you have any questions, send us an email at learn@amnh.org, or call us at 800-649-6715.

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEACT Northern Division invites teachers to a free lecture, tour, and lunch.
    Event Venue: Camden Hills Regional High School
    Event Date: Sat, 10/01/2016
    Learn about the chemistry of concrete! All teachers are welcome to this workshop, sponsored by the New England Association of Chemistry teachers. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. The tour of Dragon Cement is limited to 18 participants: please register and indicate whether you wish to go on the tour. Contact hours for PD are available.
    8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and light refreshments
    9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome and introductions, Sue Klemmer
    9:15 – 10: 45 am: Lecture on the chemistry of concrete, Dr. Eric Landis
    10:45 – 11:30 am: Break and travel to Dragon Cement in Thomaston
    11:30 – 12:30 pm: Tour of Dragon Cement, Mark Curtis
    12:30 pm: Lunch at a local restaurant, with a roundtable discussion on the role of engineering and materials science in chemistry courses
    For questions or to register email Sue Klemmer at: sue.klemmer@fivetowns.net

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 7:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Join us on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester! Themed "Building A Lifetime of Opportunity", the day will include panel presentations, plenary speakers, and exhibitors showcasing STEM initiatives; sharing innovative thinking; and highlighting the goals, plans, and progress of STEM policies and programs.
    Sessions will cover a broad range of topics categorized in the following Strands:
    • Early Education 
    • K-12 Education 
    • Higher Education 
    • Workforce and Business 
    To see session and exhibit descriptions, visit the Summit website.

    Registration opens at 9:00am on September 8. The registration fee will be $50. Please note: this fee will be waived for all full-time students.

    Hosted by: Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council Massachusetts, Business Roundtable, University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute 


  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 1, 2016
    Springfield College: Schoo-Bemis Science Center
    8:30am-4pm
    FREE: Sponsored by American Chemical Society CT Valley Chapter
    Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XK3ZGNZ
    Interested in integrating innovative technology and research into your science classroom while meeting the latest science standards? Learn from teachers in the area already incorporating green chemistry practices and principles into their classrooms. By teaching green chemistry concepts with support from Beyond Benign, science educators are providing the next generation of scientists and citizens with the skills and knowledge required to design and make informed decisions regarding green sustainable technologies that support human health and the environment.

    Morning coffee and lunch will be provided at no cost to educators thanks to the support of the American Chemical Society CT Valley Chapter. All participants will receive a letter of completion and be eligible for PDP’s. To learn more about Beyond Benign visit our website: http://www.beyondbenign.us/home/

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, September 17 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 0 p.m., Sutton, MA
    Engage young learners in the natural world by building on what's already familiar to them - the senses, the seasons, and their neighborhoods. Try out and discuss field-tested experiences that fit a typical pre-school routine.
    Receive the PLT PreK-K Curriculum Guide, handouts, and a Certificate of Completion.PDP's may be earned.
    $15 per person.
    For questions or to pre-register (by September 10), please contact Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788
    Project Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Canton, MA
    Ideal for science teachers and out-of-school-time educators, engage students in the natural world around them by using hands-on; minds-on activities. Try out and discuss the field-tested, award-winning curriculum in a collegial setting.
    Receive the PLT Activity Guide.
    Certificate of Completion awarded. PDP's may be earned.
    $20 per person.
    For questions or to pre-register (by September 8), please contact Gini.Traub@state.ma.us; 413/584-6788.

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A hybrid course offered by Brandeis University and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
    September 26 - October 28, 2016 On-Site October 15, 2016
    • Investigate citizen science research 
    • Engage your students in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data that impacts real research
    • Explore ways to use mathematics and computational thinking in your classroom 
    • Learn how your students can interact with scientists through hands-on, minds-on research 
    • Discover how to connect with citizen scientists, practitioners, resources and educators who use citizen science in the classroom 
    Dates:
    Webinar Launch September 26 at 4:00 pm
    Online September 26 - October 28
    On-Site Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
    Cost: $160 (registration fee includes lunch)
    20 PDPs are available for this course.

    Citizen Science is one of the most innovative ways to fully engage students in the science practices which are the foundation for the MA Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework. Citizen science is the public participation in scientific research, which may be designed by you, by scientists or in collaboration. Together we will explore citizen science in the classroom through the lens of biological, ecological and natural history research.
    • Learn the history and present-day function of participatory scientific research.
    • Develop curriculum and science education programming with support from scientists, citizen science practitioners and other educators. 
    • Adopt an existing research project or start your own using the tools and resources provided in this course. 
    • Use citizen science in your own classroom to grow your students’ scientific literacy, promote civic engagement in science and advance scientific research. 
    Meet the goals of “relevance, rigor and coherence” set forth in the MA STE Framework, and allow your students to demonstrate science knowledge and practices while deepening their curiosity in science, technology and engineering in the real world.

    Participate in online modules and discussions to prepare you for a full-day, on-site session with citizen science practitioners, Brandeis faculty and MITS educators. Explore ideas and gain experience that will help you design learning outcomes aligned with the MA STE Framework.

    Partners: Brandeis University, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), Encyclopedia of Life (Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University) and USA National Phenology Network 

    Visit www.mits.org for more information and to register.
    Contact Brianna Wilkinson, MITS’ Assistant Director of Education, with questions: bwilkinson@mits.org or 617-328-1515
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