Massachusetts Association 
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  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This workshop is open to all high school chemistry teachers worldwide.

    PEER LEADERS: David Farabee and Stephen Colbert

    For housing suggestions and other local questions, contact the local organizers: Teresa Marx:  & Ariel Serkin 
    The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 2 or 3-week course with these goals:
    1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
    2. help participants integrate computers effectively into the science curriculum,
    3. help teachers make better use of national resources for science education,
    4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants, 

    The main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped classroom. 

    To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

    Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).

    Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the following summer is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

    Chemistry Workshop Emphases
    The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  We ask three fundamental questions about matter:
       1. How do we view matter?
       2. How does it behave?
       3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?

    First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

    Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.


    Dates: July 10-21, 2017

    Here is a flyer for your use.

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Theme: Materials Chemistry

    Featured Daytime Speaker: Dr. Robert Langer, David Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Biomaterials and Biotechnology"

    Program: Presentations and Workshops

    Mary Madden, Quinebaug Community College, "Really Neat New Compounds"
    Dr. Mark Turnbull, Clark University, "Materials Properties Demonstrations for All Ages"

    Sharon Geyer, Woodstock Academy, "Stoichiometry Application: ID of An Unknown Metal Carbonate" Esther Hines, Billerica High School, "Solid State Chemistry in High School"

    Dr. Hanan Mogawer, The Prout School, "TINKERing and STEAMing with Materials Science and Engineering" Chris Koutros, Oliver Ames High School, "Materials Chemistry: Quick and Easy Labs and Demos"

    Patricia Rinaldi and Jim Lucey, Wilton High School, "White boarding, Stoichiometry and the "Clue Game" Dr. Maqsood Mughal, Fitchburg State University, “Thin Film Semiconductors and Solar Cells”

    Featured Dinner Speaker: Dr. Peter Trefonas, Corporate Fellow, Dow Chemical Company "Enabling the Information Age with Chemistry"


    Day Program: $50 Includes breaks and all workshop materials

    Dinner and Speaker: $25 Includes buffet dinner with cash bar and after dinner speaker

    See program details and register at before June 30th. 

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 brings our 15th Annual Teaching With Technology Summer Workshops, and we have built an incredible program on a diverse set of topics. This year, we have a number of exciting NEW topics to compliment many of our favorites from previous summers. Workshops will be posted soon!

    Each summer, we bring together some of the best educators in the country to lead our workshops. All of our instructors have classroom experience and value high quality professional development. We use a hands-on, challenge-based approach to maximize the amount of time that participants have working with the tools and apps. Participants leave our workshops armed with new ideas and strategies that can be implemented in their classrooms as soon as the school year begins.

    Several of the sessions would be of particular interest to science educators: Enhancing STEM with Technology, Creating Innovators with Design Thinking and Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. They may also benefit from G-Suite Google Classroom, Differentiation and Personalization with Technology, and iPads in the Elementary Classroom.

    For more information, please go to the Teaching with Technology website.

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers and PBS Learning Media present: Easy Ways to Incorporate the Design Process into Science Instruction.

    Hear from two highly-skilled Massachusetts educators who have tips for working the Engineering Design Process into your science instruction, and we'll review student-tested, hands-on activities and digital media resources that support the design process and the new Massachusetts science standards

    This webinar is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association (MAST), WGBH Education, and PBS LearningMedia™. Led by educators Kristen MacDonald, Northborough, and David Kujawski, East Walpole.

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The STEM Education Center offers a variety of professional development workshops for teachers on WPI's campus during the academic year as well as throughout the summer. We focus on enriching STEM education in the classroom at both the subject specific level and as fully integrated subject content & practices across STEM fields. 

    For more information, please visit the WPI website.

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention for more than twenty years. We are now working to share our experience with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets is critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

    Our examinations of the demographics of current patent holders, people who possess ‘creative and inventive mindsets’, suggest that advanced degrees in STEM field/disciplines are highly associated with technological inventions. However, STEM knowledge must be accompanied by other types of knowledge, skills and ways of thinking such as creativity and inventiveness which are related to but distinctly different from STEM knowledge and skills.  We are hosting two summer professional development workshops  to share our insights into invention education with other educators working to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to middle and high school students.


    Developing Creative, Inventive Mindsets and Skills that Prepare Middle and High School Students for Careers in Rapidly Changing World

    Middle and high school teacher leaders, after school professionals and other educators.

    The three-day workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on the Lemelson-MIT website here.
    Workshop sessions will be taught/facilitated by Lemelson-MIT Program staff (former teachers) and former InvenTeam teachers.

  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Manos Chaniotakis is a noted science author & co-author of numerous STEM curricula. Among those include: A Natural Approach to Chemistry (NAC) and Essential Physics” with Dr. Tom Hsu, which is used in the EBEC current Office of Naval Research Grant Project. Currently, Dr. Chaniotakis serves as International Advisor for policies and programming for the European Program on Open Schooling for High Schools & Universities across 28 member countries of the European Union. NAC is the naturalchoice for continuing your NGSS curriculum alignment. 

    Dr. Chaniotakis will discuss current issues in chemistry education today, including a comparison of chemistry teaching in the US and in Europe. Also, he will explore the chemistry of pH and of selected thermochromic* pigments. Participants will receive a copy of the student book and lab manual for “A Natural Approach to Chemistry”, along with the opportunity to experience selected lab activities in breakout workshops following the main session. Dr. Chaniotakis is a noted science and engineering educator and educational entrepreneur with extensive experience in developing innovative STEM programs. He has received degrees in physics, aerospace engineering and nuclear fusion from MIT where he did research; He has developed hands on science curricula, and taught for over 20 years. He has authored and co-authored with Dr Tom Hsu high school STEM curricula and teaching resources including a “Natural Approach to Chemistry”, “Essential Physics” currently used in the EBEC Office of Naval Research Project, and engineering and robotics for secondary and university education, used in New England and across the country. He has developed various software and hardware educational technologies to enable effective hands on teaching and learning of science and engineering.

    Online advance registration by May 17, 2017 is required and further information is on our at website: Questions: Email: of call 245-4998 X304. A flyer for the event can be found at EBEC NAC.pdf

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Semester: Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2017

    Course Dates: 7/10/17 - 7/14/17

    Course Times: 8 am - 3:30 pm

    3 Graduate Credits from Fitchburg State University

    Cost $600/3 graduate credits at Fitchburg State University or $315/37.5 PDPs

    Location: Groton, MA

    The Nashua River Watershed Association “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting

    Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/Engineering Standards” will allow graduate level and/or in-

    service teachers grades 5-8 to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering

    Standards. Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades 5-

    8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards, including 12

    lessons ready for classroom use. Candidates will learn through hands-on outdoor science lessons, presentations

    from NRWA scientists, and collaboration with peers. Candidates will also design a science unit including a self-

    designed research project with measurable data collection. Outdoor excursions will include a short canoe trip,

    walks through several forested areas, and explorations in a schoolyard.

    Contact: To register, email Deadline for registration 6/30/2017. Space is

    limited. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot.

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for an invigorating professional development training experience this summer? Join fellow K-12 educators from across the country at The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s 2017 National Energy Conference for Educators.  Happening July 16-20 in Milwaukee, WI! 

    The 2017 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Milwaukee, the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts.

    Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units with NEED lessons that integrate energy curriculum into classrooms at any grade level and with students of all learning styles, while focusing on the successful achievement of state and national education goals by using correlations of NEED materials to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core standards and state science standards.

    Attending teachers will receive credit towards a NEED Energy Kit and access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs. The cost of the conference is $1,500 and includes double occupancy lodging, most meals, local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city and curriculum materials. Limited scholarships are available for classroom teachers. Please indicate if you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding and sponsorship to attend.

    For more details and to apply, please visit: or email

  • Friday, April 07, 2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I want to invite you to attend the Centennial Lecture and Discussion Forum of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Boston, on April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. We have designed this event, titled “School Discipline: Issues of Equity and Effectiveness,” as an opportunity to connect innovative research on an important topic with real-world issues facing diverse public and policy communities.

    Russell Skiba, a leading expert on exclusionary school discipline, will examine the history and current status of school discipline reform. His brief lecture will be followed by an open discussion forum where Dr. Skiba will be joined by education policy experts who are also knowledgeable about the relevance of these issues to Boston-area students.

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