Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
    • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More! 
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education 
    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
    •  Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet. 
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children. 
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. 
    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017. With a scholarship, Academy program fees are $1375 + air. Space is limited to 30 educators - register early to secure your spot!

    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html

    Contact christa@amazonworkshops.com or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Forests, Fields, and Farms: Changing Landscapes
    Sunday, September 25, 2016
    9 AM to 4 PM N. Brookfield Elementary, 10 New School Dr., N. Brookfield, MA
    Celebrating over 100 Years of Town Forests in MA
    A conference for engaged citizens, landowners, natural resource professionals, municipal officials, land trusts, and civic groups. Public Welcome! Free!
    Featuring Steve Long Author of Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England
    Agenda available on the registration website and registered attendees receive a free lunch https://bit.ly/townforest or call 413-992-8734
    • Engaging speakers will present a local historical perspective on forests and farms; including examples of successful town forest projects in North Brookfield. The 1938 Hurricane, Quaboag Plantation and local conservation will be highlighted. 
    • An afternoon filled with outdoor fun for the whole family with great exhibits and demonstrations. Also two guided afternoon hikes in North Brookfield’s Town Forest will offer an up close look at forestry in action! 
    Contact: Kate Marquis for conference details kate.marquis@state.ma.us or 413-992-8734 Hosted by the Massachusetts DCR Service Forestry Program 


  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When: Saturday, October 1 from 10:00-11:30AM
    Where: UMass Amherst, Integrated Science building (ISB) 321, 661 North Pleasant St.
    Who: All STEM educators, grades 5-8
    Why: To learn about and get access to free online co-curricular STEM modules

    Future Goals - Hockey Scholar is an engaging, online STEM course composed of twelve 15-minute modules that bring the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework to life through the game of hockey. This workshop is for STEM educators in grades 5-8 looking to integrate engaging technology applications into the classroom. All attendees will receive unlimited teacher and student access to Future Goals - Hockey Scholar for their school.

    Attendees will register for a teacher account, create classes for immediate classroom implementation, and walk away with standards-aligned online activities and paper-based, supplementary lesson plans. Best implementation practices will be shared and we will work towards aligning modules to scope and sequences.

    All resources in this workshop are free and provided by EverFi and The Boston Bruins. Breakfast will be provided. You can park anywhere at UMass on Saturdays. Click here for a campus map. The portion of lot 63 adjacent to the ISB is most convenient.

    To learn more about Future Goals - Hockey Scholar, visit www.futuregoals.nhl.com/bruins. Please register for this workshop using this link. We will be providing you with a certificate of attendance if you complete this registration process and attend. If you are unable to attend this workshop but are interested in learning more about this free resource, please contact Jessica Donovan - jdonovan@everfi.com

  • 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/

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