Massachusetts Association 
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  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Do you know how to calculate how many board feet of lumber that can be produced from a mature tree? Ever thought of finally mastering identifying trees in winter? Have you ever used an aerial photo to help analyze surrounding ecosystems for resources for wildlife or for determining potential water pollution sources? On the off chance that you don’t have a back hoe to dig your own soil pit, maybe you’d like a chance to measure soil horizons with Dr. Dirt himself? All this and more at Mass Envirothon’s workshop for coaches on Saturday October 1. Spend the day outside with natural resource professionals learning how to apply knowledge and work with new and experienced coaches to plan how to share this knowledge with your team.
    Saturday, October 1 8:30 – 3:00
    MassWildlife’s Wyane F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area, Westborough
    Background & skills & approaches for Introducing high school students to Natural resource conservation & management with connections to Next Generation Science Standards 
    In-depth sessions:
    • include forest, water, soil, and wildlife conservation 
    • will be led by experienced natural resource managers 
    • offer plenty of networking with experienced Envirothon educators 
    Sponsored by Massachusetts Envirothon No charge for high school educators or community resource partners Morning coffee and lunch provided Plus: an opportunity to get all your questions answered about how to start an Envirothon team at your school. For more information, please contact massenvirothon@gmail.com or visit our website: massenvirothon.org 


  • Friday, July 01, 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Celebrating Boston Harbor: Lighting the Way Forward
    Saturday, October 1st - 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
    UMASS BOSTON

    Schedule:
    • 8:15-8:45 Registration and Coffee 
    • 8:45-10:00 Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Giles Parker, Park Superintendent, National Park Service 
    • 10:00-10:15 Coffee and Exhibits 
    • 10:20-11:35 Workshop I 
    • 11:40-12:30 Lunch and Exhibits 
    • 12:40-1:40 Keynote Speaker: Liza Stearns, Director of Education, National Park Service 
    • 2:00-3:00 Workshop II -OR- 
    • 2:00 Proceed to boat 
    • 2:15-4:00 Trip to Spectacle Island 
    Registration: 
    For questions, please contact Peg Collins at ccndpcllns@aol.com. http://ma-marine-ed.org 
  • Friday, July 01, 2016 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    October 20th ~ 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM Courtyard Marriot - Marlborough
    Click here to see the Current Presenters and Exhibitors list 
    Online registration is now open – Spaces are limited http://www.msela.org/2016-conf-registration
     $95 - Early bird registration before October 1st
    $110 – Pre registration October 2nd – 15th
    Includes access to presentations, exhibitors, continental breakfast, lunch, and MSELA annual membership dues
    Who should attend the MSELA Fall Conference?
    • Instructional leaders 
    • School Principals 
    • District Leaders 
    • Coaches 
    • Lead Teachers 
    • Superintendents 
    Why should I attend the MSELA Fall Conference?
    • Find out what teacher evaluators should see in the science classroom? 
    • Engage in networking sessions with other district leaders 
    • Updates on the Next Generation MCAS Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge – support teaching and learning about energy in grades 3-5 
    • Learn about tools to support instructional leaders in the science practices 
    • Acquire resources: guidance for schools and districts on how best to support teachers’ learning and how to implement successful programs for professional development. 
    • Hear about the Maker Movement in public education. 


  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    Time 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Location Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Worcester, MA
    Conference Details and Registration available by late Sept. http://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem/guidance.html

    Project Lead The Way’s activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development create an engaging classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Over 8,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs, including over 80 schools across Massachusetts. WPI is one of PLTW’s affiliate universities and offers Core Training each summer to prepare educators to teach PLTW courses.

    Join us for this professional development conference for teachers, school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, district administrators, and interested business, industry and workforce development professionals. Come learn about the PLTW curricular programs that are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Hear from teachers, administrators and students at schools with successful PLTW programs. The conference is open to all K-12 schools.

    PLTW programs are endorsed by Change the Equation, the American Aerospace Industry Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others. For more information about the Project Lead The Way programs, please visit the PLTW website at www.pltw.org.

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 1–4, 2016
    Become immersed in local habitats, (re)excited about science, and familiar with science practices embedded in Massachusetts’ new science standards. The week will combine habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, labs and classroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists. The course will introduce principles of ecology (ecosystems, habitats, adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, energy flow), and highlight their connections to the earth, life, and physical science standards. Presenters will suggest methods and resources for helping students learn and practice science through the exploration of their schoolyards and neighborhoods, and will model practical ways to teach in an outdoor environment.

    Instructors:
    Jennifer Feller, Education Manager, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
    Robin Stuart, School and Group Program Coordinator, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
    Tia Pinney, Senior Teacher Naturalist, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sign up at bit.ly/natureschoolforteachers2016

  • Friday, April 01, 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug 8-11
    Save the date and register for the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Summer Conference! This year it will be held Aug 8-11 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. The topic is Chemistry, Naturally!
    Information is on the NEACT website: http://neact.org/sites/default/files/Conference%20Flier%20Rev%20February.pdf
    You can also register on-line at http://www.neact.org/summer-conference
    We are still taking applications for presenters of workshops or lectures.
    Please let Mel Govindan know if you are interested in presenting. mgovindan@fitchburgstate.edu

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A two-day workshop for middle school and high school STEM and English teachers on science reading and writing
    Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10 am-4 pm
    Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester, MA
    Registration: $269
    Standards-based science education includes research and writing expectations, the focus of this hands-on workshop. On day one, we will examine narrative, informational, and argumentative styles and prompts, from lab-based abstracts and discussions to science essays and text-based summaries. We’ll examine creative ways to integrate science content into writing that motivates and supports learning and comprehension, including original e-books using authentic sources. Day two will focus on argumentative writing, in which students make claims, organize evidence, build arguments, and summarize their conclusions. We will use graphic organizers and writing templates to organize arguments with logical claims and textual evidence—the claim, evidence, reasoning model. The workshop will include e-templates of all materials, including argumentative writing packets on several topics, handouts on academic language, open response templates, academic honesty, editing, developing writing prompts, citation style and other skills essential for science writing in your classroom.

    For additional information, contact Dr. Judith Sumner at
    Green.Athenaeum@gmail.com  

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2016 Webinar Schedule:

    • Chemical Handling and Storage: 2016: Nov 18

    • Complying with the OSHA Lab Standard: 2016: Oct 31

    • Compressed Gasses: 2016 Dec 1

    • Eye and Face Protection: 2016: Aug 5

    • How to Convince Others: 2016: Dec 16

    • Public vs. Private Employees/State Plan States: 2016: Oct 21

    • Recordkeeping for Effective Safety Programs: 2016: May 26

    • Safety Information Resources: 2016: Aug 18

    • Strategies for Best CHO: 2016: Sep 12

    • Ventilation Basics: 2016: Oct 6

    All webinars and other training programs are available on request. Please contact Mary Thompson for more information: mthompson@labsafetyinstitute.org. For LSI’s Full Schedule visit our website: www.labsafetyinstitute.org/schedule

    The following five courses are offered on request: · 8-Hr HAZWOPER Refresher · Laboratory Ventilation · Radiation Safety · Regulatory Compliance for Labs · Safe Labs Can Be Green Labs info@labsafetyinstitute.org

    • 24-Hour Short Course Aug 8-11 Boston, MA

    • On-Demand Tutorial: Many of LSI’s training programs can be provided on-demand at our Natick training center. You pick the date.

    • Bring LSI to your location! We are still expanding the 2015 & 2016 schedule. Please let us know if you would like to be a host site for a seminar or short course. For smaller groups, hosting will be more economical. Contact Ana Adams to discuss: adams@labsafetyinstitute.org

    • Hosting & Sponsoring If you would like to sponsor or host an LSI seminar or short course for your school district? Please contact Mary Thompson to discuss your needs. mthompson@labsafetyinstitute.org Larger groups and programs that are shared by two or more Sponsors are more cost-effective.

    • Online Courses (on-demand) Safety In the Laboratory (SITL) Series: SITL: An Introduction (12 Topics) SITL: Extended (18 Topics) SITL: Comprehensive (23 Topics) LSI’s Online Courses Offers: Available Anytime, Anywhere Online Tests & Quizzes Certificate of Completion Pre-recorded videos Go at your own pace www.labsafetytinstitute.org/online


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