MITS Professional Development Seminar series

The 2017 Professional Development Seminar series will consist of a full-day session, divided into two sections: the DSCN3828mornings will be spent exploring STEM content areas with scientists and policy-makers, while afternoon sessions are skill-based, focused on turning real-life science into exciting, inquiry-based, hands-on lessons and activities for programs with K-12 students and teachers or other youth programs. This year’s Professional Development Seminar series will take place during 4 full-day sessions: January 25th, February 16th, March 16th and April 12th.

Location: Higgins University Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $40 per date, or register for 3 dates for $105, or 4 dates for $130
A buffet-style lunch will be provided.
PDPs are available to participants who attend 2 or more seminars.

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2017 MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes:
Engaging Your Students in Science and Engineering Practices Using Inquiry

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.

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Cape Cod – Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry

MetroWest – New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change

North Shore – Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes

Southeast – From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions

Middlesex (Hybrid) – Science in the Field: Utilizing Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

Berkshire – Exploring the Berkshires: From the Top of its Mountains to the Bottom of its Ponds

Special Summer 2017 Opportunity:

Computer Modeling Can Do What?
Meeting Your Curriculum Goals with Imagination Toolbox 2017

How can you utilize computer programming to help students achieve your curricular goals? Put the engaging power of the screen to use! Learn to program by connecting visual blocks, avoiding the need for you or your students to memorize complex textual commands. Use StarLogo Nova’s block programming platform to create computational models or simulations.

Developed in collaboration with the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, this course will help you gain confidence in your own block programming capabilities, and you will learn strategies for actively involving students in coding in your classroom. Teachers of all subjects are welcome and will find this platform an engaging way to achieve a variety of curricular goals. No prior experience with computer programming necessary.

Partners: MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, Coyle & Cassidy School
Dates: July 31 – August 4, 2017 (8:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Registration Fee: $350 per participant
Location: Coyle & Cassidy School, Taunton, MA
PDPs: 30 PDPs are available
Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2017 (please call for availability after this date)
For more information, contact: Brianna Wilkinson, Assistant Director of Education, MITS, 617-328-1515 or

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A $50 non-refundable cancellation fee will be deducted from any refunds prior to July 7th, 2017. No refund requests will be accepted after July 7th, 2017.

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