Learn, Earn, & Win
Focus Content 2 is an opportunity to earn 67.5 CONTENT AREA PDPs (3 graduate credits) useful for re-certification. This class meets once-monthly from September to April.
Peer Observation and Collaborative Coaching represents a unique opportunity for both struggling and expert teachers to improve their pedagogy in non-threatening fashion. Most work is online and also at a teacher's school.
Master of Arts in Mathematics Scholarship Opportunity
Mathematics Leadership Programs director, Mike Flynn, oversees our Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (K-8) program at Mount Holyoke College.
Teaching Channel Website has great resources:
NGSS final version released
The final set of Next Generation Science Standards has now been publicly released. Massachusetts will determine what level of adoption to take. View the standards.
Central MA Readiness Center Offerings
For more information, see this link.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Over 130 Model Curriculum Units Available
In collaboration with Massachusetts educators and school districts, ESE developed over 130 model curriculum units (MCUs) through Race to the Top. These units are intended to help educators implement the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The MCUs cover grades PK-12 and include English language arts and literacy; history and social science; mathematics; science, technology and engineering; and career/vocational technical education. All MCUs use the Understanding by Design process developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.
Massachusetts educators are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own curriculum units. You can download the units and curriculum maps, view videos, and read about districts’ implementation on the MCU website. You can also check out the summary of the Twitter chat ESE hosted in May and what educators said about using the MCUs.STEM Education Center at WPI PD Offerings
Call for AweSTEM! 2016 Educator Showcases
Open to ALL Educators
Applications Due Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The STEM Education Center's annual event celebrating PK-12 STEM educators, AweSTEM!, will be held on March 24, 2016. This year's theme will be STEM Collaborations: Helping Students Succeed. We are looking for educators to apply to share what they do in their classrooms/schools as it relates to the theme at the event. Do you work with a classroom down the hall on a science, math, technology/engineering, or integrated STEM project? Do you partner with industry to do something creative with your students? Do you work with a higher education partner for lessons, activities, or other things to do with your student? Do you collaborate in other ways that positively impacts your students? We hope all educators will consider applying to share what you do at AweSTEM!. Apply by filling out a simple form. Email Katie Elmes with questions...
December STEM Projects PD
Wednesday, December 9, 2015; 3:30-6:30 pm
There is still time to sign up. Join a group of middle and high school teachers to discuss and solve STEM challenges. This next session in the series will focus on projects related to energy and energy transfer. A Rube Goldberg Machine project will be conducted as a tool for teaching about energy and energy transfer. Learn more and register...
Biogen Foundation Competitive Grant Program
Deadline to apply January 15, 2016
The Biogen Foundation will accept applications from full-time professional personnel from public and charter schools in Massachusetts that had at least one individual from their school district registered for or in attendance at the MA STEM Summit on November 10, 2015. Teachers may apply for up to $2,000 and schools for up to $5,000 to promote science literacy, bring new, hands-on science experiments to students, encourage equal STEM access, or inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Learn more...
STEM PD at Your School
The STEM Education Center at WPI develops and conducts in-school professional development workshops that focus on science, engineering, and integrated STEM for educators in grades P-12. Schools and districts can request the Center to develop a training that meets their specific needs or pick from already created workshops. All our sessions are standard-based, interactive, and follow cooperative learning approach. Keep us in mind for your upcoming PD day. Learn more...
In August, Bootstrap ran a workshop for 29 teachers in Framingham, with the generous support of the ECEP program for expanding computing education. Each of these teachers learned our novel curriculum that integrates algebra and introductory computing by having participants build their own videogame. Data from schools around the country continues to show that students improve on MCAS questions on word problems and function composition after completing Bootstrap. Additional workshops are planned for both school break weeks this spring. Emailemma@bootstrapworld.org to be notified about dates and logistics.
Bootstrap has also begun offering workshops on Bootstrap-2, the follow-up curriculum that goes deeper into computing and the math behind richer game behaviors. They hope to bring that workshop series to MA next summer as well.
STEM in Action: Classroom Spotlight
Donna Taylor, a STEM teacher at Northbridge Middle School, attended a workshop on STEM projects presented by the STEM Education Center. She tried one of the projects with her 5th grade students and reported on the results. This project presented and interview with Matthew, a quadriplegic high-schooler, who expressed a need for a device that enables him to drink while going out with his friends. Read Donna’s report on the lesson and the results. If you would like to share one of your STEM/STEAM successes, please email@example.com. Read about Donna's success...
High School Chemistry in ASSISTments
The team at ASSISTments has added over 70 problem sets designed for High School Chemistry (along with a few more specific to AP Chem). They are organized in our ASSISTments Science, Technology, and Engineering folder. Just create an account at ASSISTments.org using the teacher code wpiSTEM and give them a test drive. ASSISTments has been a free service of WPI since 2003. Click here to test drive a sample problem set.
Master's Degrees for Educators at WPI
Interested in receiving a content-based master's degree in math or physics designed specifically for educators? Only need a content course or two in these fields and want to take them in an institution dedicated to STEM? Learn more about opportunities at WPI or email Katie Elmes at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to learn more.