Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arnold Arboretum offers a free, 5-day summer institute in August aimed at educators of 6th – 12th graders. We’d like to get the word out to teachers about this hands-on opportunity to gain professional training in field science education. 

    Intended audience: Middle and High School teachers

    August 12-16; 8:30am – 2:30pm

    Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork – Summer Institute

    Participants will learn and practice fieldwork techniques in the study of two ecosystems:  an urban forest and a meadow. During the institute, teachers/participants will sample the biodiversity of each area, gather abiotic data, examine the interrelationship between organisms, and learn more about decomposition, soil and nutrient cycling. Guest speakers will share their expertise in data gathering, fieldwork, botany, and ecosystems. Participants will spend about half their time outdoors working in teams, with indoor time spent in analysis, reflection and sharing of best practices.

    Goals of the Institute

    1.  To give teachers needed knowledge about plants and their environments that will enable them to create lessons/units of study aligned with the new Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards.

    2.  To expose teachers to using the outdoors in general, and the Arnold Arboretum in particular, as a means for teaching life science standards.

    3.  To share resources, teaching ideas, materials, and expertise with teachers so they can feel confident in and comfortable with leading purposeful life science lessons, both indoors and outdoors.

    4.  To develop relationships with teacher teams within BPS schools for continued professional development during the school year, including school visits by Arboretum Educators and facilitated field trips to the Arboretum.

    Teacher Benefits

    • Free, high quality professional development taught by professors and Arboretum staff.
    • 30 PDPs for 5 day attendance.
    • For BPS teachers:  Bus transportation for a self-guided field trip to the Arboretum during the following school year.
    • Teachers from demographics similar to Boston Public School students will be considered for the bus benefit.
    • Access to resources and education staff throughout the year.
    • Breakfast, drinks and snacks provided daily.
    • A collegial atmosphere set in a beautiful landscape for timely and relevant learning.

     Complete details can be found at the website.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register now for habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, and classroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists. Complete details can be found on this flyer

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Want some great teacher lead PD that focuses on solving your own problems of practice? Have 8 Saturdays this coming academic year to spend problem solving and collaborating with like-minded colleagues? Don't mind stipend money? Read about the fellowship below! 

    The mission of the program is to build democratic teaching expertise in Boston teachers, empowering them to engage low-income, minority youth in STEM subjects. Through democratic learning experiences, students construct identities of themselves as capable citizens who use critical science agency to transform their own lives and bring about positive change in their communities. 

    Fellows who are selected for the program participate in a community of practice with like-minded STEM educators. Twice over the course of the year, Fellows publish a 3-5 minute digital story demonstrating a new democratic teaching practice. In June, Fellows and a group of their students participate in the annual Sci-Ed Innovators Showcase and Expo. Fellows who complete the program will receive a $2000 stipend. 

    If you’d like to learn more about the Fellowship, you can read the fellowship information page. The application for the Fellowship can be accessed online, and application will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline on August 15th. If you have any questions about the program please feel free to reach out to Kate Darling ( Visit to learn more!  

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Now Available for FREE to Teachers

    Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

    Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum is aligned with national standards for grades 6-12 in Science and English.  To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) team at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) is hosting FREE hurricane preparedness webinars in conjunction with Hurricane Preparedness Week and the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT). The HSS team is again partnering with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) to provide webinars, for 4th through 6th grade classes, that will broadcast LIVE from the HAT. The webinars will last approximately 1 hour, and will allow your classes to learn about hurricanes and their potential impacts, connect with hurricane experts, see the planes used to investigate and understand hurricanes, learn about hurricane-related careers (including “hurricane hunters”), and ask questions in real time.

    On Monday, May 6, 2019, at 10am EDT, a webinar focused on Northeast hurricane science/history will take place in conjunction with the Quonset/North Kingstown, RI stop of the HAT.   

    On Thursday, May 9, at 10am EDT, a second webinar on hurricanes (but not focused on the Northeast) will be offered, in conjunction with the Charlotte, North Carolina, stop of the HAT.

    Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance.

    Register here:

    Please note, all webinars will be archived to the HSS website4th-6th grade webinars page, about 3-4 weeks after the HAT.

    Questions?  Please contact Holly Morin (

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2019 5:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are seeking faculty members at local community colleges and middle and high school teachers in the Northeast, Metro North, Metro West, Boston, and Southeast STEM Nexus Networks to spend 6 weeks of the summer conducting research alongside undergraduate and graduate students in an NSF funded Research Experiences for Teachers program focused in engineering.

    Participants are not expected to be proficient in engineering disciplines as the program is interdisciplinary with a focus on training and providing resources for incorporating engineering concepts in your curriculum. Participants will gain experience working in a cleanroom as well as in faculty labs and through our program, we will work with the middle/high school teachers and the schools to assist in integration of engineering concepts into STEM curriculum. Something unique about our RET site is that we intend to continue to work with you even after the summer program is over. We intend to help initiate a community of STEM engineering within the STEM Nexus networks where teachers, community college faculty members, and administrators can continuously support each other with new lessons and integration plans. 

    The deadline for applications is Saturday, April 6, 2019 so that we can let teachers know prior to spring break if they have a position in our site. Our website has a lot of information: including the application process: If you can post and distribute to community college faculty members and science teachers in the STEM Nexus networks, on social media, etc it would be helpful to encourage more participants to apply.

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join the Northeastern University Marine Science Center next Tuesday, April 9th from 6-8pm at Down the Road Beer Co. in Everett for our next Science Café!

    Enjoy a beer, FREE pizza, and presentations/Q&A from three speakers about their work using visualizations to study the ocean. Flyer attached. Please spread the word and share with your networks!

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  • Friday, March 22, 2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the dates--STEM Days at Fenway are May 1 and September 19.

    More information can be found on this flyer

  • Friday, March 22, 2019 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is information on iRobot’s annual STEM teacher recognition contest.

    Please note- these are STUDENT submitted nominations! We want to hear from the students why they are nominating their favorite STEM teacher. We’ll read them all, and pick four to honor on field at Fenway (one from each grade cohort)

  • Monday, March 11, 2019 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We offer Professional Development with a TWIST!  

    By bringing tomorrow’s science into today’s classrooms, BioBuilder’s three-day professional development workshops will impact your understanding of biology and your approach to teaching.

    Co-taught by a practicing synthetic biologist and a high school teacher, our workshops combine classroom, laboratory, and design activities that are both accessible and inspiring.

    You’ll leave with ready-to-teach lessons that bring engineering into your biology classrooms, labs, or science clubs!

    BioBuilder Educational Foundation is offering Synthetic Biology Workshops for STEM teachers around the country this summer.  

    Please join us for a workshop at the BioBuilder Learning Lab in Cambridge, MA from August 6 - 8 (9 am - 4 pm daily).

    Register Now for early bird pricing available until April 1.

    I invite you to visit our website: BioBuilder

    Scholarships are available. Questions? Please contact Carla, Director of Operations, at 

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