Welcome to MAST!
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.
2021 MAST Conference
Call for Presenters
On behalf of MAST’s Conference Committee, we are proud to announce that MAST will be hosting an in-person conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough on Friday November 5, 2021. As always with our conferences, we try to provide a positive, impactful professional development experience that benefits educators from all grade levels. To help us do this, we ask any K-12 educators that are willing to share their knowledge and skills with the science teaching community to submit a proposal to present. Please consider this email your formal invitation to submit a proposal to share a lesson or run a workshop at this year’s conference. The conference theme is “Rekindle, Rethink, Recharge”.
This past year has made us all reflect on the teaching profession and what students need as we move forward. It has made us rethink what and how we do things within (and out of) our classrooms. Do you have an idea for a workshop (lesson or lab) that you feel will reach all students and provide an inquiry-based experience? If so, we'd love to hear about it! Our ultimate goal is to have our attendees leave feeling recharged and eager to get back into their classrooms to try out everything that they have learned.
To submit an application to present, please use this Google Form.
The application deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2021. The conference committee will contact selected presenters on September 27th, 2021 for proposals submitted on or prior to September 17th. Presenters that submit a proposal after September 17th will be notified by October, 4th, 2021. Presentations will be scheduled to ensure that a wide variety of professional development offerings appealing to a cross-section of attendees are available during each time slot. Please feel free to share this call for presenters with colleagues and other professional associations.
We look forward to rekindling the in-person collaboration that our conferences have offered educators in the past. We hope that you will join us!
MAST Conference Co-Chairs
Call for Nominations
Massachusetts Science Educators Hall of Fame
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATIONS
Many science educators in Massachusetts are deserving of recognition. We need your help in identifying the most dedicated individuals in our state. The procedure for nomination is:
1. Send the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of your nominee to the name listed below. Include one page telling why you are nominating this person. DEADLINE SEPT. 17
2. Inform the nominee of your nomination and tell them to provide us with: (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) three letters of reference. Please limit these references to two pages each. DEADLINE for the application packet is Sept. 24
DIRECT QUESTIONS OR SEND THE RESUME AND LETTERS OF REFERENCE TO:
Jim Perry 19 N White Pine Ln, Mansfield, MA 02048
Cell: 508-272-1236. email email@example.com.
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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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAST Board of Directors
Resources and Articles
Conferences, Awards, Grants, Job Opportunities, Licensure Information, and more.
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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:
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:
View the 2016 adopted revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards: