Developing Classroom Units Aligned with the New MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards

Summer Academy
PDPs: 
30
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentScience
Professional DevelopmentSummer Academy

Description

This workshop will introduce participants to the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards through visuals, discussion and active hands-on activities with opportunities for reflection. Afternoons will be devoted to unit development in grade-level groups. Teachers will present their units on the final day of the workshop.

The new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards have been issued, and classroom practice is expected to align with them over the next couple of years. These standards are closely aligned with the nationally developed Next Generation Science Standards, and they are really exciting! Participants will explore them together, learning about Performance Expectations, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. Then participants will break into grade level study groups to go more in-depth into each grade's standards. 

Participants will leave with: 

  • A working familiarity with the new Mass STE Standards for their grade level.
  • A classroom ready unit aligned with the new STE Standards.
  • Their own deeper understanding of science and engineering practices and current approaches to teaching science.

Audience and Grade Level

Teacher, Paraprofessionals, and Specialists (Musice, PE, Art, etc.) interested in integrating their practice with the new STE standards; PreK-5.

Credits

30 PDPs will be awarded for these five days of training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Availability

Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

Instructor(s)

  • Helen Ann Sephton photo

    Helen Ann Sephton is an Environmental Educator and School Programs Coordinator for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, MA. She plans, coordinates and implements the Hitchcock Center's K-12 School Programs including field trips, classroom presentations, residencies and professional development for teachers.

  • Ted Watt photo

    Ted Watt is an Environmental Educator who has worked at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, MA for over 20 years. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Earlham College and is a highly skilled Naturalist who helps children and adults understand the unique habitats and ecosystems of New England through hands-on instruction and mentorship.

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org

Registration

A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.