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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

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  • 21 Mar 2021 9:31 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)
    • Join us Thursday, April 1st at 7pm CT for a workshop with NASA partners Growing Beyond Earth and GLOBE Observer to learn how to use NASA technologies and practices in experiential learning environments. Educators can partner with Growing Beyond Earth to access plant growing equipment that mimics environmental conditions aboard the International Space Station to expand food options for spaceflight and evaluate multiple edible plants that meet NASA’s criteria. Educators will also learn how to participate in the GLOBE Community Trees Challenge to celebrate Earth Day 2021!
    • This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.
    • Access registration HERE.

  • 21 Mar 2021 9:28 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    BioBus and Harvard Medical School present Disease Detectives, a student-generated, standard-aligned curriculum that explores the interface between microscopy, neuroscience and medicine.

    Complete details can be found on the flyer.

  • 8 Mar 2021 8:47 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Learning and the Brain in the “New Normal” Classroom

    Virtual 3-Session Focus Workshop for Grades K-12 Educators

    March 27th, April 6th, April 13th, 2021

    Understanding how we learn and how the brain works is critical to supporting learning! How can you enhance your understanding of hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based science education and gain ideas to inspire deep learning in your socially-distanced, hybrid, or remote classroom? Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and guest educator Rob Payo, Director of K-12 Education at Denver Urban Gardens, for a series of interactive, virtual sessions on the latest research in mind and brain science and how it applies to teaching science.

    Review how the brain functions, and explore topics including working memory and retention, the importance of movement, and other strategies that help to support learning. Investigate how remote learning and the pandemic have affected our students and ourselves from both cognitive and social/emotional perspectives and what that means as we enter a “new normal” in the classroom.  

    Formerly with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), Mr. Payo helped to coordinate a collaboration between DMNS, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Exploratorium in San Francisco to educate teachers on learning and the brain. He has helped hundreds of teachers apply these approaches in their teaching at local and national levels.

    Put your mind on learning! Register online:https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/focus-workshops/

    Announcing our 2021 Summer Professional Development Institutes!

    Join us and our partners for unique professional development courses that connect you with hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge! Our institutes will connect you with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals through live discussions and virtual site visits. Work with educators at our partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through hands-on, minds-on investigations. Explore how to use these investigations with your students both remotely and in the classroom. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits. Receive a toolkit containing materials to enable you to complete the inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on investigations introduced during the course. As an added bonus, you will be invited to participate in optional field sessions with our partners when their facilities reopen to the public (free of charge). All courses include 5 virtual sessions plus 15 hours of online learning. 

    Seasons and Cycles: How Weather Affects Us and How We Affect the Weather

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions June 21st – 25th 

    My Soda Bottle Ended Up Where? Exploring Plastic Problems and Solutions

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 19th – 23rd 

    How Does Your Dinner Grow? Exploring Connections Between Food Production and Sustainability

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th & 16th 

    Landscapes on the Move: Investigating Geologic Formations and Processes 

    Virtual Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    Dates: Virtual Sessions July 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th 

    Institutes provide an opportunity for you to increase your proficiency with remote learning and leverage the power of technology to support student learning in synchronous and asynchronous remote settings as well as in the classroom. Registration opens March 5th! Learn more: https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12/ 

  • 17 Feb 2021 1:17 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    It is no secret that both girls and rural students are underrepresented in the STEM pipeline. Rural girls experience unique barriers with their intersecting identities and experiences, and may benefit from mentors and strategies that aim to support their navigation through STEM fields. 

    Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators at NASA Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia for a freestyle conversation and workshop with NASA’s Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm CT to gain effective mentor/educator strategies that enhance your ability to encourage and support rural girls in STEM. This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12 and any educator who wishes to support rural girls in their STEM journeysView the flyer from NASA’s webpage and gain access to registration HERE. We hope to see you all on March 4th!

  • 15 Feb 2021 10:50 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Advancing Science Research Teaching (ASRT) is an educational outreach program that aims to increase access, capacity & quality of programs, courses, and clubs clubs that provide science research opportunities for high school students.

    The program is designed to equip high school teachers with the tools activities to increase science research opportunities for their students. The program can be customized to help teachers that provide these research opportunities within a traditional STEM classroom setting and/or helping those with small, growing dedicated research programs/clubs.

    This program is being offered for free!

    Whether you run an established science research program/club or incorporate science research project opportunities into your science curriculum, you are eligible to apply for the summer session. Selection will be based on your:

    ·      Interest in growing your program;

    ·      Your readiness & capacity to deepen your program; and

    ·      Your administration’s support for creating science research/STEM opportunities for HS students.

    Questions? You can find FAQs at www.ASRTprogram.com or contact rstendahl@scifair.com. This will be held the week of August 30th somewhere in the greater Boston area or southeastern MA, TBD based on COVID protocols.

    If is of interest to you and/or your colleagues, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can accommodate you. If you are interested, but the week of the 30th doesn’t work, please let us know as there may be some flexibility in dates. We must know of your interest by March 1, ideally before. We have the opportunity to refine the content to meet specific interests/needs, so we can plan together to ensure it optimizes impact for your program.

    Please email Bekah Stendahl, MSEF Program Director, rstendahl@scifair.com, with any questions.

  • 15 Feb 2021 10:45 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Earn professional development hours and graduate education credit with Population Education this fall!

    Population Education is excited to announce that registration is open for our Summer 2021 online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12! You will be able to network and collaborate with other educators on teaching strategies this fall as you gain deeper knowledge on important, nuanced topics. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with educators across the world. The course is asynchronous, which means teachers can work at their own leisure and pace while still abiding by the pre-set submission deadlines. There are weekly discussion boards, journals, and a final project, all built to provide participants with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own educational setting.

    • The 4-week fall semester runs from July 6 - August 6, 2021. 
    • Choose to earn three (3) graduate education (ED) or science education (SCED) credits from Adams State University and/ or 45 professional development clock hours (4.5 CEUs) for completing the full four weeks.
    • The cost is $80.00 for CEUs only or $245.00 for CEUs plus graduate credit.
    • The class will be capped at 30 participants, so don’t wait to sign up!

    For more information and to register, visit PopED's website!

  • 21 Jan 2021 2:46 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators at NASA Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia for a freestyle conversation and workshop with the NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) to learn how to use NASA technologies and practices in authentic, experiential learning STEM environments. Members can partner with the NASA AREN Project to access kite-based “AEROKATS” and remote-controlled aquatic and land-based “ROVERS” that collect remotely sensed Earth observations that students can graph and analyze! Through this program, educators gain the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and learn real-life protocols and field operations conducted by NASA! This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12. Gain access to registration HERE.

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:05 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Date: January 27, 2021

    Time: 4pm-5pm EST

    Title: Top Notch Tech: Teacher Tips that Elevate Student Engagement

    Description: As tech adoption went into overdrive this year, we struggled with learning the new tools and better serving our students in the virtual classroom. What learning from the virtual space can we carry with us when we return to school? Join us to talk through how technology can serve educational content without becoming the content. We will hear from education technology experts, share tips and tricks and interact with some of our favorite new platforms. 

    Register herehttps://citizenschools.tfaforms.net/326556 

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:03 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Date: January 21,2021

    Time:  12p- 1pm ET

    Title: Foundations for Experiential Learning

    Description: The first in a four-part series titled Meaningful Student Engagement through Hands-on Learning and Mentorship, we’ll discuss why experiential learning is so important and how it drives student development and growth. Citizen Schools will share examples of experiential learning projects, including maker-centered learning, and discuss how to infuse hands-on learning in educators’ practice. While the series will have practical applications for multiple grade levels, our primary focus will be on 5th - 8th grade educators.

    To register, please visit Pathfinders Online Institute.

  • 7 Jan 2021 8:26 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Digital Literacy/Computer Science Certificate Courses

    In support of the new Massachusetts Digital Literacy License 5-12, Cambridge College has created a Certificate course of studies that addresses the subject matter, knowledge standards for the DLCS MA license.  Cohort groups of teachers can receive a discounted tuition rate.  Courses are offered online for the spring: SCI 636 Computers, Software and Networks (3cr.) and SCI 640 Network Security and Networks. Contact John Papadonis john.papadonis@go.cambridgecollege.edu for more information.


    STEM Certificate Courses for Elementary and Middle School

    Teachers interested in expanding their STEM teaching skill set can acquire a STEM Certificate that blends Science, Engineering and Math coursework.  Cohort groups of teachers can receive a discounted tuition rate.  Spring courses are offered via ZOOM and online:

    ELE 653 Elementary Science and Technology (3cr.),

    MAT Discrete Math (3cr.),

    SCI 607 Structure of the Earth (1cr.) 

    Contact John Papadonis john.papadonis@go.cambridgecollege.edu or look at the website for more information. 

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