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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

  • 29 Nov 2020 9:02 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    I am reaching out to provide the flyer and website link for the upcoming 3D Thursday Webinar for K-12 Rural Educators.

    We designed December’s webinar (Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 7pm Central Time) to highlight NASA-sponsored educator resources, and we are excited to bring NASA experts from GLOBE Observer and WGBH/PBS Learning Media.

    You will gain access to free NASA resources and learn new skills to bring engaging citizen science projects into your classroom. Please see the attached flyer for the registration link. You may also access the flyer by using this link to NASA’s webpage. We hope to see you all on Dec. 3rd!

  • 29 Nov 2020 8:59 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Session Description: Remote and hybrid instruction situations are presenting new challenges to educators today to achieve deeper student learning and engagement. We can use authentic, hands-on curricula and offer learners the chance to engage with a variety of tasks which can push them beyond their comfort zone. Done well, these types of experiences both account for and engage learners across the spectrum of interests, needs, and learning styles. In this session we will engage with tools and provide strategies for auditing curricular units, plans, and activities to ensure they account for the wide range of student talent and needs that you will encounter in your classrooms.  

    Participant Expectations: If you have a particular lesson, activity, or tool that you are looking to work on adapting for a variety of learner profiles, please bring it to the session for the workshop component.

    Intended audience: Frontline Educators, School and District Leaders, Youth Workers, and Program Managers 

    Facilitated by: Dr. Elizabeth Micci, Managing Director, Teaching & Learning, Citizen Schools



  • 29 Oct 2020 11:35 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia from NASA on November 5th for a new monthly series called 3-D Thursdays, specifically for rural educators. Topics will include professional opportunities, networking, and NGSS connections. This first conversation will focus on enhancing your role as an educator and leader through paid fellowship opportunities at Federal agencies. Subsequent webinars will be held the first Thursday of each month. Please see the attached flyer for more details and how to register for this free webinar. Note that this series is limited to the first 100 registrants across the country, so sign up today!

    NASA 3D Flyer Nov 5.pdf

  • 25 Oct 2020 4:45 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    What do fossil horse teeth, weird legless animals, and water-storing frogs have in common? They are all intriguing museum specimens you can use to help your students understand the concepts of evolution. Get together on Zoom with other curious learners and try out activities that will bring clear examples of evolution to your in-person or virtual classroom through 3D-printed specimens and curated digital images. Each three-hour program will cover one classroom activity in its entirety, allowing participants to gain a full understanding of the content, procedures, and technology needed to successfully use the lesson with their students. See our website for information on PDPs, free classroom programs, and stipends available

    Teeth and Temperature: The Evolution of Horses in Response to Environmental Change 

           November 4 and 5 (Wednesday and Thursday) 3:30–5:00 pm or

            November 11 (Veterans Day) 9:00 am–12:00 pm

    Is it a Snake? Convergent Evolution in Reptiles and Amphibians 

            December 5 (Saturday) 9:00 am–12:00 pm or

            December 9 and 10 (Wednesday and Thursday) 3:30–5:00 pm

    These programs are intended for middle school teachers but the concepts explored in Teeth and Temperature and Is it a Snake?, may be suitable for high school programs. All sessions are free but a refundable deposit of $50 is required. Register online for one or more programs.

    This program is made possible in part through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-10-18-0311)

  • 5 Sep 2020 9:44 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Dear Science Education Friends and Colleagues,

    First, on behalf of our board and members, we hope that this e-mail finds you and yours doing well and healthy! In these challenging times, we recognize that there is incredible value and supporting each other, working together and sharing as much as possible.  Recently, the California Association of Science Educators (CASE, formerly CSTA) made the strategic decision, based in science and with the interest of our members, partners and supporters, to continue to move forward with the 2020 California Science Education Conference, but do so by transitioning to a virtual platform.

    In making the decision to “go virtual” CASE also decided to take steps to not simply host a series of webinars, but rather to provide a platform for a truly robust and interactive virtual conference complete with keynote addresses, live workshops, focus speakers, a tradeshow, on demand workshops, and opportunities to connect and build relationships with our science education colleagues. In doing so, we have also realized that this virtual conference provides an opportunity for our science education colleagues and friends from throughout the country and beyond to be able to join us without having to bear the cost of travel to California. We all wish that we could be together in person, but this is a new and exciting way for us all to connect and learn together!

    This lead us to an exciting invitation for you and your members. So, please share the following amongst your members and colleagues.

    CASE is extending the offer of membership rates to our fellow science education associations throughout the country as a gesture of partnership and cooperation to provide science teachers with greater access to high-quality professional learning opportunities. (This is an almost $75 savings off of non-member rates!)

    To take advantage of this great offer, your members simply need to:

    ·         Navigate to website: https://conference.cascience.org/

    ·         Follow the link to “Register Today!”

    ·         Begin the process and when prompted select the Non-Member registration type.

    ·         Utilize the following Promo Code when prompted: StatePartners20

    ·         Finish the registration process and get ready for an exciting and enlightening conference!

    We are so excited about the conference and look forward to having you and your members join us and to experience the great learning that we will all be able to do, together!

    Please do not hesitate to contact myself or anyone on our team with any questions. We can be reached at 916.979.7004.

    Kindest regards,

    Camron King

    Executive Director

  • 5 Sep 2020 9:26 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 fall 2020 online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12! You will be able to network and collaborate with other teachers on distance learning strategies this fall as you gain deeper knowledge on your the topics you teach. 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 8-week fall semester runs from October 12 - December 7, 2020. 
    • 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 eight 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 https://populationeducation.org/online-course-registration/ 

  • 3 Jun 2020 6:27 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    A professional development opportunity geared towards science, technology, and engineering teachers in grades 3-9 through Salem State Collaborative Project starts on July 13, 2020.

    The online, 4 week workshop is called Strategies for Science, Technology, and Engineering and fulfills the MA DESE individual professional development plan requirement of 15 PDP's in STE subject matter knowledge through a certificate of completion from Salem State University. Here is the link for participants to register.

    Depending on the participant's school in relation to the collaborative, costs range from $25 to $95 for the PDP's.

  • 21 Feb 2020 9:28 AM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about clean energy and the environment. This hands-on workshop will provide teachers with knowledge, skills, curriculum, resources, and equipment to bring back to their classroom.

    Complete details can be found at this brochure.

  • 7 Feb 2020 2:21 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)

    Population  Education  is  sponsoring a facilitator training that is open to educators who are interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities, and conferences around the region. Participants will include K-12 teachers, university education faculty and informal educators who work with teachers.

    Thanks to foundation support, we are able to cover most of your expenses for the weekend event (two nights lodging, meals during the weekend and up to $500 travel stipend). Participants will also receive an extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources.

    Since 1990, Population Education has been hosting train-the-trainer institutes to prepare educators to facilitate workshops using our hands-on curricula. During our institutes, we demonstrate a range of teaching activities for different grade levels, share presentation ideas and discuss the many social and ecological issues related to population growth and resource use dynamics.

    For more information view the institute flyer.

  • 7 Feb 2020 2:12 PM | Keith Wright (Administrator)




    Teacher Professional Development 

    Investigating Organisms 

    Tuesdays: March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26: 4:00–6:30 pm at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

    Follow a life science strand from Kindergarten through grade 8 to see how understanding builds about organisms. Using hands-on explorations of the sanctuary, in-class activities and lessons for students, and research-based science education pedagogy from UC Berkeley’s BEETLES project, participants will discover how to engage students with local plants and animals. Each class will also include practical assignments where you apply skills.

    Members: $245 Nonmembers: $305

    Register HERE

    Or contact education@massaudubon.org 

    (PDPs and Grad Credit available)

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