Welcome to MAST!
The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.
MAST is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. To get involved, please contact Craig Richard at President@MassScienceTeach.org.
Need a grant?
Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant - Due May 21, 2023
All science educators are eligible to apply for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant, established in memory of Elaine Adams, chemistry teacher at Phillips Academy and one of the four founders of the former Science Teachers Area Resource Swap (STARS).
Each year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves, and that has the potential to be valuable for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. Prior winners may apply again but in the case of a tied decision, new awardees will be given priority over previous winners.
Apply at: tinyurl.com/MASTGrants
If you would like to see examples of previous winners and professional development experiences please view this document: https://tinyurl.com/ElaineAdamsExamples
If you have any questions please contact Laura: email@example.com
Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) - Due May 21, 2023
As a benefit to membership, MAST has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning. This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members, and each year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education.
Within a year and a half, recipients are required to share evidence of student engagement. Possible presentation forms may include photographs or videos and a short write for social media, a poster for the MAST annual fall conference, or a presentation at that conference. Evidence may include photographs, drawings, quotes, videos, essays, artwork, etc. Recipients are encouraged to post on social media and include a link to the grant. Awardees will receive one day complimentary membership to the MAST Annual conference to share their work.
If you would like to see a list of previous winners and the items they purchased please view this document: https://tinyurl.com/GETExamples
Some examples of non-consumable items:
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Benefits of MAST membership includes access to conferences, awards, grants, job opportunities, licensure information, and more.
Find out about our Member Benefits and career opportunities within our Association.
MAST Statement on Social Justice
“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent. So in answer to the question “Where do we go from here”,” I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning.”
In response to the tragic events that took place in Minneapolis and across our country, NSTA has released an official statement on Social Justice and Science Education. As the state chapter of NSTA, the MAST Board of Directors also acknowledges the need to do more to live up to our guiding principles of embracing diversity and equity. We, too, are committed to increasing our focus on dismantling systemic racism in the work we do with teachers and in the science education that we provide to our students.
If you would like to help MAST with these initiatives, please let us know. For those interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAST Board of Directors
NSTA Releases Official Statement on Social Justice and Science Education
Resources and ArticlesMAST & MSELA Executive Leadership DEIA Workshop Slides
Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson Webinar, Sept. 30, 2021- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism in STEM Education
Anti-Racism Resources and Articles for STEM Educators - WPI STEM Education Center
Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens - UCONN NEAG School of Education
Science Matters in Massachusetts
Science Matters is a public awareness campaign by the National Science Teachers Association. The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) will work to share science opportunities throughout Massachusetts. This is a newsletter sent out by email on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have an opportunity to share please email it to Dr. Betsey Clifford:
2022 Awards Banquet and Conference