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The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.

This School Year:  MAST Webinar Series!

Dear MAST Members,

Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 world in which we find ourselves, the MAST Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not hold our annual, face-to-face conference in November.  However, we are still committed to providing quality professional development opportunities for our members.  To help achieve this, MAST is running a webinar series during this 2020-21 school year.  

All webinars are free to MAST members!  We are pleased to announce the next webinar in the series:

Effective Assessment with Jill Wertheim

The new science standards have initiated a shift in expectations for learning away from what students know about science topics and toward how students are able to use knowledge and practices of science to make sense of the world around them. This shift has created an exciting opportunity to re-frame how we assess students, and in turn, how information from assessments is used to support teaching and learning. In this session we will discuss some of the features of high-quality science assessments designed to meet multidimensional science standards, free resources to support their development and/or use, and some ways this work is being adapted for virtual learning. Members can watch a recording of this presentation by visiting the Members Only section of our website.

About Jill Wertheim    

Jill Wertheim is the Program Director for SCALE’s programs in science assessment. She has centered her work at SCALE around studying ways that high-quality assessment can be used to support system-wide changes in science education. Dr. Wertheim currently focuses on studying how performance assessments can be used as part of a coherent system of assessment to support implementation of new science standards that reflects the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Through her work on the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) and the State Performance Assessment Learning Community SPA-LC), she has developed tools to support teams of teachers, administrators, and state and district leaders in incorporating engaging, authentic tasks into their assessment system with the goal of moving this system away from valuing rote learning and toward using evidence to reason about real, complex problems. Dr. Wertheim transitioned from science research to science education research through a position at AAAS Project 2061, where she began her work on using assessments to diagnose students' ideas about earth science topics, and expanded her areas of interest into geography while working at National Geographic. Dr. Wertheim holds a BA in Geology from Middlebury College and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Coming Soon:

Outdoor Science: Engaging Lessons and Activities To Do With Your Students Outside of Your Classroom Walls  hosted in conjunction with Mass Audubon 

Be well and please stay tuned for registration details on these and future MAST webinar offerings!

Regards,

MAST Board of Directors

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MAST Statement on Social Justice

“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent.  So in answer to the question “Where do we go from here”,” I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning.”

Robin Diangelo

White Fragility

In response to the tragic events that took place in Minneapolis and across our country, NSTA has released an official statement on Social Justice and Science Education.  As the state chapter of NSTA, the MAST Board of Directors also acknowledges the need to do more to live up to our guiding principles of embracing diversity and equity.  We, too, are committed to increasing our focus on dismantling systemic racism in the work we do with teachers and in the science education that we provide to our students.  

If you would like to help MAST with these initiatives, please let us know.  For those interested, please send an email to presidentelect@massscienceteach.org.

Regards,

MAST Board of Directors

NSTA Releases Official Statement on Social Justice and Science Education


Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Grant Winners!

The Board of Directors voted at its June meeting to make the following awards:

The 2020 Elaine Adams Professional Development Awardee is Alexander Eden of the Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. Alexander will use the $500 award to register for the Wade Institute's Professional Development Institute: Science, Technology, and a Changing Environment: Measuring Change to Predict the Future. Alexander’s goal is to increase his capacity to help students make connections between the outdoors and STEM.

The 2020 Grants for Educating Teachers (GET) Awards have been awarded to the following educators:                             

  • Sean Musselman, Burlington Science Center, Burlington, to purchase a nano microphone for a podcast that dives into the world of children’s books highlighting STEM ideas and careers.

  • Courtney Felix, Luther Elementary, Swansea, to purchase an Investigating Wind Energy package to teach students about wind energy and scientific practices.

  • Erin Nourse, Attleboro Public Schools, for the purchase of digital thermometers that will be used in several thermal energy  STEAM projects like a thermos, penguin house and a solar cooker. 

  • Rebecca Webster, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover, for the purchase of Unsolved Case Files, which will be used for forensics students to apply what they have learned.

  • Jesse Porter-Henry, Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton, for the purchase of a bench top water distiller for use in quantitative experiments and labs.


2019 Awards Banquet

Congratulations to the new Science Hall of Fame Inductees

The Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators is pleased to announce that three science educators were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a breakfast ceremony sponsored by the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association on October 25, 2019. The new inductees are:

William Bobrowsky, Franklin High School,

Francis Anthony DiLuna, Billerica Public Schools, and

Dr. John Kudukey, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

These inductees will also be honored at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers' Awards Banquet on Dec. 6, 2019 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. To register for the awards banquet go to our registration website

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and has recognized 126 members.  Each member has had a long and distinguished career in science education in Massachusetts. The Hall of Fame is permanently housed at Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association



Science Matters in Massachusetts

Science Matters is a public awareness campaign by the National Science Teachers Association. The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) will work to share science opportunities throughout Massachusetts. This is a newsletter sent out by email on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have an opportunity to share please email it to Dr. Betsey Clifford:
sciencematters@massscienceteach.org

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