Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEACT Northern Division invites teachers to a free lecture, tour, and lunch.
    Event Venue: Camden Hills Regional High School
    Event Date: Sat, 10/01/2016
    Learn about the chemistry of concrete! All teachers are welcome to this workshop, sponsored by the New England Association of Chemistry teachers. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. The tour of Dragon Cement is limited to 18 participants: please register and indicate whether you wish to go on the tour. Contact hours for PD are available.
    8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and light refreshments
    9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome and introductions, Sue Klemmer
    9:15 – 10: 45 am: Lecture on the chemistry of concrete, Dr. Eric Landis
    10:45 – 11:30 am: Break and travel to Dragon Cement in Thomaston
    11:30 – 12:30 pm: Tour of Dragon Cement, Mark Curtis
    12:30 pm: Lunch at a local restaurant, with a roundtable discussion on the role of engineering and materials science in chemistry courses
    For questions or to register email Sue Klemmer at:

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 7:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Join us on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester! Themed "Building A Lifetime of Opportunity", the day will include panel presentations, plenary speakers, and exhibitors showcasing STEM initiatives; sharing innovative thinking; and highlighting the goals, plans, and progress of STEM policies and programs.
    Sessions will cover a broad range of topics categorized in the following Strands:
    • Early Education 
    • K-12 Education 
    • Higher Education 
    • Workforce and Business 
    To see session and exhibit descriptions, visit the Summit website.

    Registration opens at 9:00am on September 8. The registration fee will be $50. Please note: this fee will be waived for all full-time students.

    Hosted by: Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council Massachusetts, Business Roundtable, University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute 

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 1, 2016
    Springfield College: Schoo-Bemis Science Center
    FREE: Sponsored by American Chemical Society CT Valley Chapter
    Register here:
    Interested in integrating innovative technology and research into your science classroom while meeting the latest science standards? Learn from teachers in the area already incorporating green chemistry practices and principles into their classrooms. By teaching green chemistry concepts with support from Beyond Benign, science educators are providing the next generation of scientists and citizens with the skills and knowledge required to design and make informed decisions regarding green sustainable technologies that support human health and the environment.

    Morning coffee and lunch will be provided at no cost to educators thanks to the support of the American Chemical Society CT Valley Chapter. All participants will receive a letter of completion and be eligible for PDP’s. To learn more about Beyond Benign visit our website:

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, September 17 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 0 p.m., Sutton, MA
    Engage young learners in the natural world by building on what's already familiar to them - the senses, the seasons, and their neighborhoods. Try out and discuss field-tested experiences that fit a typical pre-school routine.
    Receive the PLT PreK-K Curriculum Guide, handouts, and a Certificate of Completion.PDP's may be earned.
    $15 per person.
    For questions or to pre-register (by September 10), please contact, 413/584-6788
    Project Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Canton, MA
    Ideal for science teachers and out-of-school-time educators, engage students in the natural world around them by using hands-on; minds-on activities. Try out and discuss the field-tested, award-winning curriculum in a collegial setting.
    Receive the PLT Activity Guide.
    Certificate of Completion awarded. PDP's may be earned.
    $20 per person.
    For questions or to pre-register (by September 8), please contact; 413/584-6788.

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A hybrid course offered by Brandeis University and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
    September 26 - October 28, 2016 On-Site October 15, 2016
    • Investigate citizen science research 
    • Engage your students in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data that impacts real research
    • Explore ways to use mathematics and computational thinking in your classroom 
    • Learn how your students can interact with scientists through hands-on, minds-on research 
    • Discover how to connect with citizen scientists, practitioners, resources and educators who use citizen science in the classroom 
    Webinar Launch September 26 at 4:00 pm
    Online September 26 - October 28
    On-Site Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
    Cost: $160 (registration fee includes lunch)
    20 PDPs are available for this course.

    Citizen Science is one of the most innovative ways to fully engage students in the science practices which are the foundation for the MA Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework. Citizen science is the public participation in scientific research, which may be designed by you, by scientists or in collaboration. Together we will explore citizen science in the classroom through the lens of biological, ecological and natural history research.
    • Learn the history and present-day function of participatory scientific research.
    • Develop curriculum and science education programming with support from scientists, citizen science practitioners and other educators. 
    • Adopt an existing research project or start your own using the tools and resources provided in this course. 
    • Use citizen science in your own classroom to grow your students’ scientific literacy, promote civic engagement in science and advance scientific research. 
    Meet the goals of “relevance, rigor and coherence” set forth in the MA STE Framework, and allow your students to demonstrate science knowledge and practices while deepening their curiosity in science, technology and engineering in the real world.

    Participate in online modules and discussions to prepare you for a full-day, on-site session with citizen science practitioners, Brandeis faculty and MITS educators. Explore ideas and gain experience that will help you design learning outcomes aligned with the MA STE Framework.

    Partners: Brandeis University, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), Encyclopedia of Life (Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University) and USA National Phenology Network 

    Visit for more information and to register.
    Contact Brianna Wilkinson, MITS’ Assistant Director of Education, with questions: or 617-328-1515
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Do you know how to calculate how many board feet of lumber that can be produced from a mature tree? Ever thought of finally mastering identifying trees in winter? Have you ever used an aerial photo to help analyze surrounding ecosystems for resources for wildlife or for determining potential water pollution sources? On the off chance that you don’t have a back hoe to dig your own soil pit, maybe you’d like a chance to measure soil horizons with Dr. Dirt himself? All this and more at Mass Envirothon’s workshop for coaches on Saturday October 1. Spend the day outside with natural resource professionals learning how to apply knowledge and work with new and experienced coaches to plan how to share this knowledge with your team.
    Saturday, October 1 8:30 – 3:00
    MassWildlife’s Wyane F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area, Westborough
    Background & skills & approaches for Introducing high school students to Natural resource conservation & management with connections to Next Generation Science Standards 
    In-depth sessions:
    • include forest, water, soil, and wildlife conservation 
    • will be led by experienced natural resource managers 
    • offer plenty of networking with experienced Envirothon educators 
    Sponsored by Massachusetts Envirothon No charge for high school educators or community resource partners Morning coffee and lunch provided Plus: an opportunity to get all your questions answered about how to start an Envirothon team at your school. For more information, please contact or visit our website: 

  • Friday, July 01, 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Celebrating Boston Harbor: Lighting the Way Forward
    Saturday, October 1st - 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

    • 8:15-8:45 Registration and Coffee 
    • 8:45-10:00 Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Giles Parker, Park Superintendent, National Park Service 
    • 10:00-10:15 Coffee and Exhibits 
    • 10:20-11:35 Workshop I 
    • 11:40-12:30 Lunch and Exhibits 
    • 12:40-1:40 Keynote Speaker: Liza Stearns, Director of Education, National Park Service 
    • 2:00-3:00 Workshop II -OR- 
    • 2:00 Proceed to boat 
    • 2:15-4:00 Trip to Spectacle Island 
    For questions, please contact Peg Collins at 
  • Friday, July 01, 2016 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    October 20th ~ 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM Courtyard Marriot - Marlborough
    Click here to see the Current Presenters and Exhibitors list 
    Online registration is now open – Spaces are limited
     $95 - Early bird registration before October 1st
    $110 – Pre registration October 2nd – 15th
    Includes access to presentations, exhibitors, continental breakfast, lunch, and MSELA annual membership dues
    Who should attend the MSELA Fall Conference?
    • Instructional leaders 
    • School Principals 
    • District Leaders 
    • Coaches 
    • Lead Teachers 
    • Superintendents 
    Why should I attend the MSELA Fall Conference?
    • Find out what teacher evaluators should see in the science classroom? 
    • Engage in networking sessions with other district leaders 
    • Updates on the Next Generation MCAS Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge – support teaching and learning about energy in grades 3-5 
    • Learn about tools to support instructional leaders in the science practices 
    • Acquire resources: guidance for schools and districts on how best to support teachers’ learning and how to implement successful programs for professional development. 
    • Hear about the Maker Movement in public education. 

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    Time 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Location Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Worcester, MA
    Conference Details and Registration available by late Sept.

    Project Lead The Way’s activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development create an engaging classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Over 8,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs, including over 80 schools across Massachusetts. WPI is one of PLTW’s affiliate universities and offers Core Training each summer to prepare educators to teach PLTW courses.

    Join us for this professional development conference for teachers, school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, district administrators, and interested business, industry and workforce development professionals. Come learn about the PLTW curricular programs that are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Hear from teachers, administrators and students at schools with successful PLTW programs. The conference is open to all K-12 schools.

    PLTW programs are endorsed by Change the Equation, the American Aerospace Industry Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others. For more information about the Project Lead The Way programs, please visit the PLTW website at

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