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The following are PD Opportunities from the Science Community

  • 6 Jun 2022 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 14th 5-6:30 pm in the Educator Resource Center at Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

    Our target audience is teachers of grades 6-12 and community college professors. This 90-minute workshop at the Museum of Science will review the TEL Engineering Literacy Framework and dive into exploring Technology and Society. We will provide certificates of attendance, free parking, and light snacks.

    Definitions from the TEL framework:

    Technology is any modification of the natural or designed world done to fulfill human needs or desires.

    Engineering is a systematic and often iterative approach to designing objects, processes, and systems to meet human needs and wants.

    Technology and engineering literacy is the capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology as well as to understand technological principles and strategies needed to develop solutions and achieve goals. For purposes of this framework, it comprises three areas: Technol­ogy and Society, Design and Systems, and Information and Communication Technology.

    Limited to 25, Register Here: https://forms.gle/3mSGCuL2Ryxh54MN6

    This workshop is being offered by Partners Aligned To Heighten broad participation in STEM (PATHS). PATHS is a new coalition formed by two minority serving institutions, UMASS Boston and Bunker Hill Community College. We are academia, non-profits, governments, and industry. With funding from NASA, we are collectively working to increase diversity in engineering in Massachusetts. We support students and their mentors to explore STEM activities, persist through the barriers by finding a path that works for them, and change the status quo.

  • 26 May 2022 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair’s 2023 Science Fair Ready Network

    While the Fair is the showcase that celebrates a project's completion, MSEF is much more than the State Fair event. Anyone can be on this journey regardless of how far you go and MSEF is here to support students and teachers every step of the way. Let us know that you're on board and sign-up below to be a part of MSEF's 2023 Science Fair Ready Network.


    You will receive

    • periodic newsletters with timely information and reminder
    • exclusive opportunities for classroom resources
    • free or discounted professional development
    • mentor connections and feedback
    • opportunities to learn from other teachers about best practices
    • check-ins from MSEF staff and volunteers
    • resources for project inspirations and student mentors 

    MSEF is here to help from the first step of your journey to your last.

    There is no cost to be a Network member. You can sign up with no obligation to participate in the fair events and you can remove yourself from the list at any time.

  • 26 May 2022 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Date: Friday, July 29
    Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Age Recommendation: All Ages
    Location: Christa McAuliffe Center, FSU Planetarium, and O’Connor Lot

    Celebrate the delivery of Webb’s spectactular first scientific images in July 2022 with us! We will be holding an open house event with free-choice learning activities as an official Webb Space Telescope Community Events host!

    Click here for more information. 

  • 26 May 2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
    Time: 7:30PM
    Age Recommendation: Ages 12+
    Location: FSU Planetarium and O’Connor Lot

    Do Earth-like planets exist elsewhere in the universe? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos. The full-dome planetarium film will be followed by stargazing outside with telescopes!

    Click here for more info

  • 26 May 2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
    Monday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 19  11:00 am-7:00 pm
    Friday, July 22  9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Virtual / Online

    Join us for a three-day conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas. This energizing experience will connect you to an engaged and authentic community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.

    During the first two virtual days, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program, educators can select from concurrent workshops led by climate leaders on an array of topics. During the third day, participants will attend a virtual cohort workshop with other educators from across the Northeast region, facilitated and hosted by Mass Audubon. Educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking.

    Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.


    Register >

  • 26 May 2022 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nature School for Teachers: Schoolyard Habits
    Tuesday, July 19 - Friday, July 22  9:00 am-3:30 pm
    Thursday, November 3  4:00-6:00 pm
    In-person at Mass Audubon Headquarters
    208 South Great Road, Lincoln MA 01773

    Nature School for Teachers is an opportunity for K-8 teachers to immerse themselves in science by exploring their local habitat, and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts Science Frameworks. 

    Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods through hands-on exploration of local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations that they can bring back to their classrooms. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will model effective ways to teach in an outdoor environment, facilitate deep discussions, and offer content-rich presentations and helpful resources to support student learning in nature. Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a field journal and, as a final project, will create a field experience and study tools to be used by their students, reporting back on the experience in November. 

    Registration is open until July 15.

    $350 for TEC Members
    $390 for non-TEC Members

    Register here-  https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.massaudubon.org%2Fsite%2FR%3Fi%3D2yNVf8YCqX4CkkGRkDSDEIsclC7EBYggaNWXN9WuEPnbyjsC2dD-qQ&data=05%7C01%7Cdminasian%40massaudubon.org%7C4bf81dde842e497405d008da39bcd116%7Ce0acbd14d69d4eaa8f027ecff288232f%7C0%7C0%7C637885780383927545%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=BaoxGSs2H1FQSWo8gHd5lJhr8m0KA32nWLrhq%2FFv9k0%3D&reserved=0

  • 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

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