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PD Opportunity: Approved Courses for the MA DESE OAPL Program

14 Mar 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous

Wade Institute for Science Education

2023 - 2024 Approved Courses for the MA DESE OAPL Program


Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors

A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Educators


Are you a middle or high school teacher who is interested in incorporating digital technology and computational thinking into engineering design portions of their curriculum, but feel that you lack the skills or confidence to get started on your ownExplore coding and electronics through fun, engaging, hands-on projects using the Arduino Open Source Electronics Platform! 


Engage in a variety of investigations that explore using Arduino Sensors for student-led, project-based learning. Build various models using sensors, create a device of your own choosing with guidance from our instructors, and then collaborate with peers to design a challenge you would like to incorporate into your curriculum. Connect your learning to the real world applications of the technology in our daily lives and in scientific studies. Receive an Arduino kit to start using these materials and investigations in your classroom!


Registration Information

Dates: Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Location: Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA

Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $300 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors: Part 2

A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Educators


Join us for a more advanced workshop focused on using Arduino technology to create and program robotic devices. Build and program a robot capable of carrying a variety of data collecting sensors to bring back to your classroom. Explore engineering designs that can be used to identify and solve problems in the community.


Registration Information

Dates: Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Location: Massasoit Community College Canton Campus, Canton, MA

Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $350 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


Exploring Instructional Strategies That Promote Student Sensemaking and Student Discourse

A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 9-12 Educators  


Explore instructional strategies that promote student sensemaking, including phenomena-based instruction, using a Driving Question Board, and student discourse. The learning experiences will use science and/or engineering content relevant to the OpenSciEd high school units under development and being released in 2024Gain insight into phenomena-based instruction and consider its power for promoting students’ deep understanding of Disciplinary Core Ideas, further develop your skills in using the Science and Engineering Practices, and strengthen your use of the Crosscutting Concepts of science and engineering. Get an introduction to the use of storylines to build instructional units that foster students’ sensemaking by starting with students’ questions and having students develop and engage in inquiry-based investigations, develop explanations, and use evidence to support their claims.


Registration Information

Collaborating Partner: TBD

Dates: Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Location: Pioneer Valley/Springfield, MA

Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $250 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


Visit www.wadeinstitutema.org for more information and to register!


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