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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.

MAST is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.  To get involved, please contact Craig Richard at President@MassScienceTeach.org


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!

Thank you,

Jayne Kerner

Sean Bowles

MAST Conference Co-Chairs


Call for Nominations

Massachusetts Science Educators Hall of Fame

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATIONS    

  • The individual should have been involved in science education in Massachusetts for a minimum of twenty years. 

  • The individual should have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and/or science teaching in Massachusetts.

  1. Has had an effect in school(s) and/or system (s).

  2. Has had an effect statewide/regionally.

  3. Has had an impact nationally.

  4. Has introduced/modified new teaching/learning programs.

  5. Has done workshops and lectures for student groups.

  6. Has publications related to science/education of value to science educators.

  7. Has provided service to professional organizations.

  8. There is evidence of enthusiastic and continual search for knowledge.

  9. There is evidence of leadership in science education.

  10. There is evidence of long-term impact on students.

  11. There has been recognition of contributions such as awards/citations from recognized groups.

 NOMINATOR

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 perryjim1951@gmail.com.



Upcoming Webinar:

  

MAST & MSELA Present:

Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson

 

Date & Time: Thursday September 30, 2021 (6:00 - 7:30 PM)


Registration: (Open to anyone, free of charge)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y9-SIjA8uH8eF1I2UIwot6rlWPalfq6qqvS4hF1t8aQ/edit


This webinar will address the role of diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism (DEIA) in science education. Participants will consider:

  1. Why it is important to engage in and acknowledge the role of DEIA
  2. Challenges and opportunities in addressing DEIA in science education
  3. Strategies to address DEIA in science education, including curriculum, pedagogy, resources, and beyond. (There will be time set aside for Q and A.)

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH. MA. is an expert on the intersection of race, class and gender in health, health care and social policy. She is extremely well versed in the tools and applications of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in multiple spheres and venues. As the Director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and the Graduate Program Director for the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate program she is committed to equity and inclusion in her work as a faculty member, executive leader, and researcher. In the last 30 years Nsiah-Jefferson served as faculty, visiting scholar, and administrative leader on social policy related to race, ethnicity, and gender at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Suffolk University. She has also served as a Policy Analyst for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard Law School, the Director of Health Disparities at Dana Farber Cancer Center, and a research scientist at Columbia University School of Public Health. She has also consulted and presented nationally on these topics. Dr. Nsiah- Jefferson has received the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship in Health Policy Research, the H. Jack Geiger Congressional Health Fellowship, and a fellowship with National Center for Health Behavioral Change. Among her awards are the Harry S. Levitan Prize for Excellence and Leadership in Education, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Mentoring award. She is also an International Affiliate for the Intersectionality Institute for Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.



 

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Events & Opportunities

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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

Resources and Articles

Anti-Racism Resources and Articles for STEM Educators - WPI STEM Education Center

Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens - UCONN NEAG School of Education  

Sociology of Racism

URGE Webinar - Racism:  Definitions & Forms


Member Benefits

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:                             

  • 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

Massachusetts 
Science and Technology
/Engineering Standards

View the 2016 adopted revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards:  

STE STANDARDS

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