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  • 27 Apr 2022 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FREE Multi-District Professional Development Series

    August 15-19, 2022 | 9:00AM to 3:00PM | Medford High School

    Register online at aceraei.org

    Science teachers nationwide are challenged to engage all learners in inquiry-based approaches. Join AceraEI’s Life Science Change Agent Teacher program this summer for a week of complimentary sessions focused on a) integrating hands-on labs to support student understanding of “doing science” and b) transitioning to storyline curricula to foster conceptual understanding of NGSS’s core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science practices. 

    This FREE five-day professional development series is targeted towards 9th grade biology and middle school science teachers. Teachers have the option to attend part of the week; a minimum of two days is recommended. Teachers are eligible to earn 10-35 professional development points for Science and Technology/Engineering.


    Monday, August 15: The Human Microbiome, Part 1

    Focus on students authentically planning and carrying out investigations and analyzing and interpreting data. Learn how to tie emergent science on microbiomics to natural selection and body systems, using students’ own skin microbiomes as sources of evidence! Boost your skills in microbiology techniques and how to facilitate these novel lab activities in your classroom.

    Tuesday, August 16: The Secret Life of Plants

    Develop students’ efficacy developing and using models. Learn two low-cost labs - the floating leaf disc and light reactions experiment - to aid student understanding of photosynthesis. Stretch students to design solutions to climate change.

    Wednesday, August 17: What Should We Eat?

    Fine tune your approaches to asking questions to drive studentinquiry. Support students in engaging in argumentfrom evidence using curated data sources. Practice a macromolecule identification lab that is truly inquiry-driven, along with a yeast lab to drive home concepts of cellular respiration. In this workshop, teachers will collaborate with our team of curriculum writers to unpack how best practices in anti-racist education have been applied and how we drafted this storyline curriculum.

    Thursday, August 18: Curriculum Workshop, Part 1

    By Thursday, you’ll have learned about three pilot-tested AceraEI curricular units, including five implementable labs. Today, you’ll identify a unit in your own curriculum that could use a boost. Perhaps the storyline curriculum you piloted last year could use more hands-on labs for your Honors students. Perhaps you want to extend our What Should We Eat? unit on biochemistry and nutrition to link to metabolic disease. Maybe the narrative arc of a unit needs clarification or more coherence. Our facilitators - and your peers! - will support groups in this collaborative process.

    Friday, August 19: The Human Microbiome, Part 2 & Curriculum Workshop, Part 2

    Expand your toolkit to support students’ close reading of scientific texts. Record results on colony morphologies and interpret your microbiome data. Continue developing your curriculum boost - so that you are prepared for the 2022-2023 school year!

    For more information on upcoming opportunities, please email aceraei@aceraschool.org


  • 27 Apr 2022 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider

    The Wade Institute for Science Education is an OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider! Through our interactive professional learning:

    •  explore Phenomena Based Learning and the Anchoring Phenomena Routine
    • align your OpenSciEd units to the Massachusetts Scope and Sequence of Units Recommendation

    • receive both science and pedagogical support provided by Wade Institute for Science Education’s Education Specialists and our science partners

    • effectively launch OpenSciEd at your school or in your district

    • support both teachers and administration in the identification and implementation of OpenSciEd aligned formative and summative assessment

    • dive deep into individual OpenSciEd units

     Contact the Wade Institute to arrange professional learning for your school to prepare for an OpenSciEd launch or to deep dive into the units. Learn more athttps://www.wadeinstitutema.org/openscied.

  • 27 Apr 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes

    Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners for a unique, graduate level course that will engage you in hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge! Connect with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals, and work with educators at our collaborating partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through standards-aligned, hands-on, minds-on investigations that you can bring back to your classroom. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits. 

    For Grades 3-8 Educators


    Rivers to Range: Exploring the Geology of the Pioneer Valley

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022

    Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, investigate the traces that animals can leave in sediment, learn how rivers can shape a landscape in geological time, participate in inquiry-based investigations and discover how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.



    Investigating Watersheds: From the Mountains to the River Basin

    Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2022
    What affects water quality in rivers that flow through your community? How do scientists measure watershed health? Visit local rivers and the lands that surround them to explore a variety of methods for investigating a watershed. Put science and engineering design practices to work as you participate in citizen science projects that you can use with your students to protect watersheds in your area.


    For Grades 6-12 Educators



    Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Natural World

    Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2022
    When designing and constructing our built environment it is imperative to consider the impact on the natural environment. Examine how buildings and landscapes work together and how nature inspires us to create. Delve into the concepts of green design and biomimicry. Explore the features of a LEED certified building and design elements that support nature, such as solar fields, rain gardens, and pollinator gardens. Use your new knowledge to design a public green space within an urban environment.



    Utilizing Your Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022

    Learn how to integrate field research and data collection into your science curriculum.Experience multiple entry points for hands-on, place-based science and participate in collaborative projects with professional scientists. Explore wetland, estuary, marine, and forest habitats and participate in authentic data collection. Consider how this data can tell us stories about these living laboratories and the plants and animals that dwell there.


    All institutes offer 40 PDPs and optional graduate credit for an additional fee. Institutes cost $475 per participant with discounts for teacher teams. Registration is now open! Learn more athttps://www.wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12.

  • 25 Apr 2022 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring Meet-Up on Advancing Racial Equity in Science

    On Thursday, April 28th between 7-8 PM Eastern NSTA Districts I, II, and VI will host a virtual meet-up to continue our conversations and work focused on advancing racial equity in all science classrooms. The event has been organized by Helene Adams, District II Director (NH. ME. VT).

    Two speakers, Susan Meabh Kelly, and Ariel Serkin will share their equity work (bios attached). A fifteen minute idea/resource/question exchange will follow each short talk. Please consider joining us for this one hour event!  

    Request ZOOM link via email:   nstadistrict@gmail.com

  • 12 Apr 2022 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Re-Imagining Practice in STEM Learning Spaces

    A collaborative PD experience to infuse fresh ideas into your school’s STEM program!

    STEM Learning Design is looking to engage with a small set of schools with STEM educators interested in exploring how learning spaces enable or limit innovative practices. Understanding how learning spaces influence instruction has the potential to change future school and classroom design to promote student-centered STEM learning.

    We are proposing a new group that will collaborate around this theme during SY22-23. There will be no cost to participate, but also no funding to support participation. Logistics are not yet defined; details will be worked out to meet the needs of participants. We are first looking to determine potential interest!

    Please let us know by June 1, 2022, if this is of interest to your school! For more information, visit: https://stemlearningdesign.com/riples/

  • 5 Apr 2022 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like to know how to use ocean examples in your classroom?  

    Do you want to know how to teach the MA STE standards using ocean concepts in addition to terrestrial?

    Join us at the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) 46th Annual Meeting and Conference in Woods Hole


    April 30, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



    Theme: Ocean and Coastal Data



    Key note speakers:

    Dr. Sheri White, Sr. Engineer, WHOI
    The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): Collecting Long-Term Coastal and Global Time Series Data

    Dr. Mark Borrelli, Coastal Geologist, Center for Coastal Studies and UMASS Boston
    Mapping Storm Tide Pathways: Coastal Storms, Sea Level Rise and Emergency Response



    The MME conference features workshops for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. You'll receive tips, activities, data sets, and more resources you can use in your classroom. 

    But the conference is not just for classroom teachers! MME welcomes informal educators as well. MME is “casting our net” far and wide for new members and conference attendees and we want you!


    Early Bird, Regular and Student registrations include the 2022-2023 MME membership and all conference activities. Check the website for workshops.

    Early Bird: $90 (by April 15)
    Regular: $95 after April 15
    Full-time Student: $45 early bird, $50 reg., $55 walk-in
    Walk-in: $100 (lunch not guaranteed)


    Check out the conference agenda
    on the MME website.



    Hosted by WHOI and Woods Hole Sea Grant.

    QuestionsContact Grace Simpkins,


  • 4 Apr 2022 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Changing Climate: Secondary School STEM Teacher Training Workshop 

    August 8 – 12, 2022

    At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Geosciences

    Past Climate Informs New England’s Future: Bring climate science into your classroom through the use of hands-on climate proxies, such as lake sediments and tree rings.

    The sophisticated models that predict future climate change in our greenhouse world are tested and improved through their ability to reproduce what climate change has occurred in the past. This week-long training workshop for secondary school teachers will focus on lake sediment and tree ring analyses and how they document New England’s environmental and climate history. You will learn about some of the latest climate science and how to bring climate science into your classroom through the use of hands-on activities, some of which will be developed during the workshop. This workshop will focus on how climate archives such as lake sediments (mud), microfossil composition and tree rings are recorders of climate and environmental change and how knowledge of past climates can help inform our understanding of present and future climates. Teaching activities developed during this workshop will increase student appreciation for concepts of “paleoclimatology,” the cause and rhythm of climate change, and how the recent geologic record of climate change is unique.

    DATES: August 8 – 12, 2022 (5 days, Monday through Friday; mainly 9-5)

    LOCATION: The workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) in the Department of Geological Sciences with some field excursions to lakes in the area.


    We will provide week-long training for secondary school science teachers to gain hands-on field and laboratory experience, as well as insights into the latest developments in climate and environmental research.  We will develop and test classroom modules aimed at environmental systems at both local and global scales. The lessons will also address core elements of the MA Department of Education science standards. Participants will leave the workshop with numerous classroom activities that are ready to go and that can be adapted to suit a variety of grade levels.

    The image shows a close up of a student's hands; the student is using a toothpick to collect a small sediment sample from a sediment core.A student takes a sample from a sediment coreImage depicts a tree trunk. In front of the tree, the image shows the hands to two people, who are using a borer to collect a small wood core from the tree.Students collecting a tree core.image shows close up of a sheet of paper and a student's hand; the student is completing an assignemnt of making a core descriptionA student makes observations and fills out a sediment core description worksheet.


     This workshop will consist of a mixture of the following:

    • Lectures to provide background information on climate science and inform participants of latest developments.
    • Field activities including collecting samples from lakes and trees.
    • Laboratory analyses to demonstrate how these archives are used to inform about climate or environmental change.
    • Development of simple analytical procedures for the classroom that includes the use of spreadsheets and graphs.
    • Working as a group to think creatively and develop teaching modules from these experiences.


    Participants will work collaboratively to produce classroom-ready hands-on experiments and activities using real materials and data. These activities, including all supporting material (worksheets, presentations, answer keys, etc) will be made on the UMass Amherst Geosciences Department website and will be contributed to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers “On the Cutting Edge” classroom materials online collection and the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).


    Tom Johnson: tcj@umass.edu

    Tom Johnson is a Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst.  Trained as a geological oceanographer, his research focus migrated from the deep sea to the great lakes of the world, using oceanographic techniques to map the geology underlying the lake basins and to recover and analyze sediment cores for past climate change.

    Isla Castañeda: isla@umass.edu

    Isla Castañeda is an associate professor with a joint position between the Department of Geosciences and Commonwealth Honors College. Her main research focus is on understanding past climate and environmental change though using ancient lipids from plants and microbes that are preserved in lake and ocean sediments. She teaches introductory honors courses including Oceanography and The Earth at UMass.

    Mark Goldner: mgoldner3@gmail.com

    Mark Goldner teaches middle school science at the Heath School in Brookline, MA, and he has also taught high school physics, biology and chemistry. Mark has participated in several polar research experiences at both poles, most recently in 2021 with UMASS professor Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette studying glaciers in Svalbard, Norway. He has taught workshops and classes for science teachers and is the co-author of the 2017 book “The Stories of Science”



    Thank to support from the National Science Foundation, all participants will receive:  

    •    Stipend of $75 per day

    •   Reimbursement for mileage & a UMass parking pass

    •    Tree ring borer kit and other supplies and materials for hands-on classroom activities

    •    New ideas for teaching climate and environmental systems via lakes and trees

    •    Connections to UMass faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students, who are available for classroom visits or remote interactions (e.g. Zoom conversations with your class) during the academic year



    We offer this workshop as an optional 3-credit professional development course through University Without Walls (UWW) at UMass Amherst at cost, for those who are interested.  After participant selections are made, instructions will be given how to enroll.  The course is listed as GeoSci-591LC “Lakes in a Changing Climate”.



    As educators we are happy to make ourselves available this coming school year for in person or virtual visits to your classrooms to discuss the exercises and career options and opportunities in the Earth and environmental sciences.



    To apply, please fill out this Google Form by May 1, 2022. Because travel funds are limited, preference will be given to teachers within 100 miles of Amherst (MA). Workshop enrollment is currently limited to 10 teachers. Notifications of workshop acceptance will be sent out in mid-May.

  • 1 Apr 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Teachers, how would you like to learn how to build an Arduino based miniature satellite with your students and launch it to the upper atmosphere and into space!?

    Find out how by attending the Teachers in Space Professional Development Workshop at Brunswick Landing, in partnership with the Maine Space Grant Consortium and Educate Maine.

    WHAT: Flight Experiments & CubeSat Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

    WHEN: August 15th, 2022 - August 19th, 2022 / 8:30am – 5:00pm

    WHERE: UMA Brunswick Center – Orion Hall – 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick, ME 04011

    MATERIALS: You bring your own Windows laptop PC.

    Note: School issued laptops usually won’t let you install programs. 

    Apple Computers and Chromebooks will not work!!

    COST: $500 for Maine teachers, $1700 for out-of-state teachers

    Breakfasts & Lunches Included

    Find more info & register here – Space is limited. (Or copy and paste the following link into your browser https://tis.org/tis-upcoming-programs/  )

    Miniaturization, 3D printing, low-cost materials, and retail components; plus a growing variety of affordable launch providers have enabled schools to begin building and launching their own satellite and cubesat experiments into space. In this workshop, we will cover programming Arduino microcontrollers, setting up various sensors, integrating into a CubeSat form-factor, and collecting in-flight data from fixed wing and high altitude balloon flights. Teachers will be sent home with all the equipment, materials, and knowhow to build a working CubeSat with their students. Teachers in Space will work with teachers to develop an experiment that we will then be able to launch on a suborbital flight with Blue Origin.

    Teachers in Space, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization which stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing their teachers with extraordinary space science experiences and industry connections.

  • 24 Mar 2022 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 Woods Hole Conference


    The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME)
    46th Annual Meeting and Conference at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    This year's theme is Ocean and Coastal Data

    Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    Clark Building, Quissett Campus at the 
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    ASL Interpreters are available for this event upon request


    8:30 Registration in Clark, 5th Floor, outside 507
    9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
    9:15 Keynote 1
    10:15 Exhibits/Break
    10:45 Keynote 2
    11:45 Lunch, Annual Meeting, and MME Awards
    1:00 Workshops - Session 1
    1:55 Workshops - Session 2
    2:50 Tours
    4:15 Social Reception at Sea Education Association (SEA)


    Dr. Mark Borrelli
    Mapping Storm Tide Pathways: Coastal Storms, Sea Level Rise and Emergency Response
    Mark is the Director of the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Lab (CaPE Lab), a joint research lab between the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Using the recent and ongoing mapping of storm tide pathways we will examine the scientific method, the idea of uncertainty, coastal storms and sea level rise. As educators in a coastal state we need to be well-versed in these areas and provide our students with the relevant information to engage and inspire them to become informed members of society, a society that will continue to be profoundly impacted by climate change.

    Sheri White
    The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): Collecting Long-Term Coastal and Global Time Series Data
    Sheri is a senior engineer in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This talk will introduce us to the Ocean Observatories Initiative, including the platforms and instruments that are deployed in the coastal and global oceans, and how quality data is provided to the scientific community and the public.

    Choose two afternoon workshops from a suite of options. All workshops will include classroom-ready activities that are grade-specific and can be tied to standards. These workshops are designed to help you implement the Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards, with a particular focus on using regionally relevant models and data in the classroom. Please go to MME Website for descriptions of the afternoon workshops. You will be able to sign up for workshops on the day of the conference.

    Workshops - Session I: 1:00-1:45
    Workshops - Session II: 1:55-2:40
    Tours 2:50


    Early Bird, Regular and Student registrations include a one-year membership to MME, lunch, social reception, and all conference activities. All memberships run from WHOI Conference to WHOI Conference, so this membership is for April 30th, 2022 to May 1, 2023.

    Membership entitles you to all the services that MME provides, including our quarterly journal, Flotsam and Jetsam, invitations to member events, networking with educators in the field, special member pricing for MME sponsored conferences including BHEC, and full access to MME Website and resources at https://www.massachusettsmarineeducators.org/.

    Early Bird Registration: $90 ($60 conference fee + $30 MME Membership) through April 15th, 2022
    (if paying by check it must be received by April 19th to qualify for Early Bird 

    Regular Registration: $95 after April 15th

    Walk-in Registration: $100 Saturday April 30th (lunch not guaranteed)

    Full-time Student: $45 Early Bird ($30 conference and $15 student membership) through April 15th, $50.00 after April 15th, $55 for Walk-in on April 30th

    Lifetime Member conference rate: $55.00

    Institutional Staff Member attendee rate $55.00 *

    *A yearly Institutional Membership rate of $100 allows up to 3 staff from the institution/organization to attend any MME event at the Institutional member rate of $55.00 per person/per event.
    Note: Institutional Membership runs May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023

    Payment via PayPal is preferable, but checks and PO's are accepted. Use the PayPal option below or please send a check made out to MME for the appropriate amount to:

    Linda McIntosh, 505 Washington Street, Dedham, MA 02026

    Registration questions?
    Please contact Linda McIntosh at mmeducators67@gmail.com
    Conference questions?
    Please contact Grace Simpkins at gsimpkins@whoi.edu

  • 22 Mar 2022 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking for ways to engage your students in NASA supported Earth Day activities? Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, April 7th at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Trena Ferrell from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to dive into NASA lessons and resources to highlight Earth Day!

    Access registration here.


    Also, we are pleased to share our past episodes with you from our updated NASA Community Page. Feel free to watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information!

    Want to get involved?

    The NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) will be accepting about 25 schools/clubs and are looking for a diverse group to pilot the "Exploring Surface Temperature using a NASA AREN TerraROVER" program. 

    Participating schools will receive instruction on the GLOBE Mission Earth Surface Temperature Measurement protocol, the My NASA Data Urban Heat Island Story Map learning activities and lessons, and more. They will also receive a TerraROVER for their school, with operations training, and data processing and visualization training. This program is appropriate for Grades 5-12.

    ● Workshop Dates: May 17th - 19th (three evenings) 

    ● Workshop Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET 

    ● Training materials will be provided (including a TerraROVER) 

    Apply by April 1st to participate though this link: https://forms.gle/nbwc5t2pnrZXe5A5A
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