Engaging Your Students in Science and Engineering Practices Using Inquiry

 

Weekdays, July 10 – 14 or July 17 – 21


Participate in content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators and scientists at each collaborating partner organization. Daily activities include indoor inquiry-based classroom experiences and outdoor field experiences. Take home investigations you can use in your classroom and a collection of teaching resources and field trip ideas!

Learn how to use the Science and Engineering Practices in your classroom and how they relate to science inquiry.
Explore STEM resources in your community.
Discover how to adapt your current curriculum to meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.
Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the state.

Thank you for helping to make the 2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes a success! Although the Institutes are over for another year, please visit our Regional Pages to read more about what each region did this summer, and to see photos!

Download a general overview of this year’s institutes and learn more about PDP and graduate credit requirements.


One-Week Institutes for Grades 3-8 and Middle & High School Educators

One-week professional development institutes for grades 3-8 educators combine content and skill development sessions. Visit each partner institution’s site for 1-2 days and participate in both hands-on inquiry investigations and content sessions. One-week professional development institutes for middle and high school educators combine content and skill development sessions taught by scientists, content specialists and professional educators.  These courses are based out of the lead institution with field trips to area research labs, field sites and local businesses with product development laboratories.

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One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry
Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dates: July 10-14 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 10; Half Day Fall Call-back November 4
Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
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Learn more about the Cape Cod Region

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One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators
New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change
Partners: Framingham State University College of STEM, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education
Dates: July 10-14 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 10; Half Day Fall Call-back November 18
Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
Learn more about the MetroWest Region

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One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators
Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes
Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research, Ipswich River Watershed Association, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Ipswich High School, Boston University, Salem Sound Coastwatch
Dates: July 17-21 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 17; Half Day Fall Call-back November 4
Registration Fee: $400/participant; $375/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
Learn more about the North Shore Region

Southeast Region
One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions
Partners: 
Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center
Dates: July 17-21 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 10; Half Day Fall Call-back November 4
Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
Learn more about the Southeast Region

Berkshire Region
One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators
Exploring the Berkshires: From the Top of its Mountains to the Bottom of its Ponds
Partners: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Center for Learning in Action (CLiA, Williams College), The Trustees of Reservations
Dates: July 10-14 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 17; Half Day Fall Call-back November 4
Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA( (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $150); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
Learn more about the Berkshire Region