Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • 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

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 1–4, 2016
    Become immersed in local habitats, (re)excited about science, and familiar with science practices embedded in Massachusetts’ new science standards. The week will combine habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, labs and classroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists. The course will introduce principles of ecology (ecosystems, habitats, adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, energy flow), and highlight their connections to the earth, life, and physical science standards. Presenters will suggest methods and resources for helping students learn and practice science through the exploration of their schoolyards and neighborhoods, and will model practical ways to teach in an outdoor environment.

    Jennifer Feller, Education Manager, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
    Robin Stuart, School and Group Program Coordinator, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
    Tia Pinney, Senior Teacher Naturalist, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sign up at

  • Friday, April 01, 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug 8-11
    Save the date and register for the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Summer Conference! This year it will be held Aug 8-11 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. The topic is Chemistry, Naturally!
    Information is on the NEACT website:
    You can also register on-line at
    We are still taking applications for presenters of workshops or lectures.
    Please let Mel Govindan know if you are interested in presenting.

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A two-day workshop for middle school and high school STEM and English teachers on science reading and writing
    Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10 am-4 pm
    Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester, MA
    Registration: $269
    Standards-based science education includes research and writing expectations, the focus of this hands-on workshop. On day one, we will examine narrative, informational, and argumentative styles and prompts, from lab-based abstracts and discussions to science essays and text-based summaries. We’ll examine creative ways to integrate science content into writing that motivates and supports learning and comprehension, including original e-books using authentic sources. Day two will focus on argumentative writing, in which students make claims, organize evidence, build arguments, and summarize their conclusions. We will use graphic organizers and writing templates to organize arguments with logical claims and textual evidence—the claim, evidence, reasoning model. The workshop will include e-templates of all materials, including argumentative writing packets on several topics, handouts on academic language, open response templates, academic honesty, editing, developing writing prompts, citation style and other skills essential for science writing in your classroom.

    For additional information, contact Dr. Judith Sumner at  

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