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STEM Ed Announcement: MASS ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE PD
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: MASS ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE PD
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:07:06 -0400
This is not a UMass Amherst program
Contact information is below.
MASS ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
The Mass Academy of Math and Science will offer a cohort model of
professional development workshops this year, culminating in a
showcase of best practices for all participants and their districts
on March 20, 2013 at Mass Academy, 85 Prescott Street, Worcester
MA. The intent of these programs is to share ideas, model best
practices and form a network to encourage excellence in teaching
and learning. The fee to participate in these workshops is $25.00
per person (to cover materials and refreshments for all 3
sessions), or a district team of five is $100.00. In order to
receive 10 PDPs, participants must attend all 3 sessions.
Counselor/administrator introductory workshops are free and do not
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2012!
Cohort 1 Wednesday October 10, 2012 1:30-4:30 and Wednesday
December 5, 2012 1:30-4:30
Showcase Wednesday March 20, 2013 1:00-5:00
So You Want to Start [or Improve] Your Science Fair?
Work with Mass Academy faculty in this interactive, hands-on
workshop on how to start and sustain a science fair at your school.
We will begin with feasible ideas for student research, followed by
topic mapping and brainstorming. We will also discuss logbooks and
their use, database research, and steps in writing research
papers--from abstracts to references. Well take a look at the
necessary paperwork for entering projects in the Massachusetts
State Science and Engineering Fair (MSSEF) and the practical side
of finding judges, project scoring, and other key details to make
your science fair a success. As a group, well collaborate to find
ideas for original research and create a database of science fair
resources and information.
Dr. Judith Sumner-Technical Writing, William Ellis-Physics, Tom
Nspire your students!!
Did students walk into your classroom with the new Nspire
calculator? Are you just interested in learning what this new
powerful tool can do in your content area? Have you just seen and
heard all of the hype and want to be "Nspired" yourself? This
hands-on PD will get you ready to use this tool with your students.
You will be at ease with a powerful Calculator, a handheld graphing
tool, a handheld spreadsheet and so much more! We will have the
technology for you to use, just come and try it.
Jackie Bonneau-Professional Development Coordinator
One time session October 10 or November 7, 2012 1:30-3:00 P.M.
Introduction/Orientation to Mass Academy for Guidance Counselors
Please accept this invitation to attend an orientation session for
Principals and Guidance Counselors at the Mass Academy of Math and
Science. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Academy
programs to guidance counselors and administrators, giving them a
first -hand look at the facilities.
The Academy is a public, statewide magnet school, which enrolls
approximately 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th graders.
We emphasize math and science within a comprehensive, interactive
academic program. The rigor of the junior year classes exceeds high
school honors and AP, with more than 1200 hours of instruction.
Seniors complete a year of college, taking the same classes as
other students at WPI, a nationally ranked engineering school, thus
making the Academy the only public school in Massachusetts whose
students attend a private university full-time as seniors in high
school. The Academy is a collaborative effort among the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and
the high schools of Massachusetts.
Mass Academy allows partnership between our districts,
opportunities for students to still participate in athletics and
activities in their home districts. Please allow us to show you
first-hand Mass Academy and explain to you how the Academy may be a
great fit for some of your students.
Michael Barney, Director of Mass Academy and Lisa Post, College
Cohort 2 Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:30-4:30 and Wednesday January
16, 2013 1:30-4:30
Showcase Wednesday March 20, 2013 1:00-5:00
Embracing the Woodchuck: An Approach to Teaching Thoreaus Walden
This is an interactive workshop with the goal of making the study
of Henry Thoreaus
Walden a meaningful, memorable, and enjoyable experience for
teachers and students alike, via journal writing, activity-based
learning projects, and cooperative learning experiences, in
conjunction with traditional teaching methods. Prerequisites: Each
participant must have read Walden and must bring a copy of the book
to the workshop.
David Ludt, Humanities teacher
STEM II: Project Based Engineering
This workshop will focus on an engineering program that has been
successfully implemented for the past six years at Mass Academy.
Students form teams and are assigned the task of finding a disabled
client in their community who has a problem that requires an
assistive technology solution. The program engages students in a
real-world engineering problem where they have to apply research,
math, and scientific skills to arrive at a solution that works. The
program is a win-win for the community, the school, and the
students. Learn the logistics of running such a program - the
benefits, the pitfalls, and the cost. Participants will work
through an example project in teams, experiencing the engineering
cycle first hand.
Karen Lang-Computer Science Teacher
Movie Making Across the Curriculum
In this fun, interactive workshop, we will explore the endless
pedagogical possibilities of movie making in the classroom. Learn
how this medium can engage students minds, increase participation,
and foster higher order thinking skills.
In the first session, we will provide examples of cross-curricular
film making ideas as well as ideas for implementation and authentic
assessment. Participants will then take part in a movie-making
project using story boarding and collaborative scripting.
During the second session, participants will learn hands-on film
making techniques as well as basic editing skills such as cutting,
transitioning, and adding music using Adobe Premiere Elements.
Computers, cameras, and software will be provided for use during
Julia Nasrani-Wildfong (French and Spanish teacher)
Professional Development Staff
Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science
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