Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers
The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers' 2017 Annual Conference will be on  Thursday November 2 - Friday November 3, 2017. 


2017 Annual MAST Conference:  Spotlight on Science! 

The MAST Conference Committee is excited to launch the 2017 Annual Conference Call for Presenters. Building on the success of last year's conference and feedback from our membership, this year's conference theme is Spotlight on Science! 

The topical themes of the conference are: 

  • Climate Change Education: Our Changing World
  • New Teacher Resources
  • Student Misconceptions
  • Technology Resource in the Science Classroom
  • Dynamic Classrooms

Call for Presenters

The form to submit an application to present can be found HERE.

Review of the application will begin on July 1, 2017.  The conference committee will contact selected presenters by July 20, 2017. Presentations will be scheduled to ensure that a wide variety of professional development offerings appealing to a cross-section of attendees are available during each time slot on Thursday and Friday.

Keynote Speaker: Michael DiSpezio  

Rethinking K-12  Science Instruction for the 21st Century

Join Michael for this engaging, interactive and informative presentation that addresses the redesign of science instruction based upon the tenets of evolving science standards. In this hands-on/minds-on session, you'll construct an understanding of curriculum reform as you participate in several engaging activities that profile and illustrate the precepts of a successful three dimensional approach to Science and Technology/Engineering education.  From performance expectations to reduced content, Michael addresses the changes that are essential to transforming schools into engaging learning environments. So be prepared to learn, participate and have fun as you construct a practical understanding of what to expect as you re-engineer curriculum for the 21st century!

Background: Michael DiSpezio, renaissance educator, speaker, and author.

A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner. His knowledge of natural history has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements throughout the world on an assortment of scientific topics that range from optical illusions to learning and the brain.

Leaving the laboratory, he celebrated his passion in education as a K-12 classroom teacher for nearly ten years. Towards the end of that tenure, he began writing textbooks and was awarded his first authorship on a high school chemistry series.

Extensive travel has taken him from the Emmys with an award nominated show on HIV to the Bahamas where he developed the Discovery Channel Camp at Atlantis. To date, he is the author of over 30 trade books and has co-authorship on over 3 dozen science textbooks.

Michael is a consulting author of HMH Science Dimensions, a K-12 science curriculum designed specifically to address the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), co-author of HMH Science Fusion and STEM consultant of HMH Texas Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

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