Thursday, April 29, 2010

Professional Development Opportunities - Bridgewater State College

This summer the Bridgewater State College Department of Physics, in conjunction with Pearson Publishing, is offering a 5-day summer institute on the BSC campus June 28-July 2, 2010. The institute will offer graduate-level courses in mathematics and science that will incorporate standards-based content and instructional strategies with educational research and the application of research findings to improve classroom instruction. The courses will develop mathematics and science content through hands-on activities. The department is offering additional courses in July and August.

Summer Registration is now open at! For more information, please call the Department of Physics at (508) 531-1386. See the attached flyer for details!

• Professional Development Opportunity for K-12 educators: WOW – The Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Training Workshop
Dates available: Saturday, May 22, 2010, Friday, June 25, 2010, or Thursday July 29, 2010
Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on wetlands. We will explore the characteristics, the functions and the value of wetlands. Each topic will be illustrated with activities that educators can use with their classes. Each participant will receive a copy of WOW!: The Wonders of Wetlands, a nationally acclaimed educators’ guide to wetland education. The WOW educator’s curriculum guide includes over 50 hands-on activities for grades K-12. For more workshop information, including how to register, contact Kim McCoy by email, by phone (508) 531-2630 or visit the Watershed Access Lab website at

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Summer Job Opportunity

UMASS Boston Urban Scholars PROGRAM
2010 Colors of Success

The UMASS Boston Urban Scholars Program is a year-round program featuring advanced after-school classes, seminars, tutoring, supervised study, and a seven week Summer Institute for Boston Public Youth in grades 6th-12th. The Urban Scholars community believes that education is at the core of a successful, enriching life. We offer gifted and academically talented students a comfortable environment promoting learning and educational

During the Summer Institute the Core Staff, Instructors and Interns work with students to build the skills and motivation necessary for achievement at the highest level of their potential. During the seven weeks of the Summer Institute, we work together to educate, inspire, develop, promote students to be better students and better citizens.

Propose a Hands on Project Based Course

Math: Algebra, Geometry, Statistics,Economics, Etc.

Science:Environmental, Biology, Zoology,
Oceanography, Chemistry, Etc.

Job Description:

Urban Scholars provides talented educators with an opportunity to propose and teach their dream class.

Teach course(s) Monday thru Thursday between 9:00AM-12:55PM

Proposes to teach the same course twice or teach two completely different courses

Propose to teach 6th ,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and/or 11th grades

Serve as a mentor to a undergraduate college student serving as your TA

Work with your TA throughout the seven weeks to provide a cohesive environment for the students

Attend weekly instructor meetings every Thursday 1:00PM-2:00PM

Serve as a Judge for Field Day

Attend USCAR our Awards ceremony on Friday August 13th

Option to plan and implement a workshop on Friday in a subject/area that you are passionate and knowledgeable about.


MUST be able to commit to the entire summer June 28th -August 13th (with the exception of fill time job responsibilities) and attend all day orientations on Wednesday June 16th & Thursday June17th.

Posses a Bachelors degree in a relevant field.

Experience working with urban middle and high school students preferred

Demonstrated teaching philosophy and methods that encourage the development of active and independent learning habits.

Experience teaching hands-on project based courses

Demonstrated ability to develop and implement curricula


Instructors will be paid $2,340 per course (Courses are 1 hour and 15 minutes. Instructors have a 4 day work week; off on Fridays)

To apply or for more information: fax: 617.287.5818
Send resume and course proposal(s)/syllabus no later than May 14th, 2010

Class Proposal(s)/syllabus need to include the following information:

Course title, Main idea topic(s), Procedures, Grade (s) level preferred, Subject of course, Prerequisites of students, Goals, Week by week outline, Evaluation/ Assessment, Instructional aids materials or tools references, Over overarching class project, Other.

(This is not a Northeastern University Program)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Siemens STEM Institute

Deadline April 16th!

There's still time to apply to the Siemens STEM Institute, a premier STEM immersion program brought to you by the Siemens Foundation and administered by Discovery Education in conjunction with the College Board.

Dates: August 1 - August 6, 2010

Location: Discovery Communications world headquarters in Silver Spring, MD (outside of Washington D.C.)

Apply now. The application deadline is April 16, 2010.

The Siemens STEM Institute is a unique immersion program that promotes hands-on, real-world integration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the classroom.
Fifty educators will be selected as STEM Fellows to attend this all expenses-paid, week-long professional development experience.
The week will be filled with guest speakers at the forefront of STEM, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and opportunities for networking and collaborating with peers from across the nation. Guest speakers may include top STEM experts and personalities from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, American Society of Civil Engineers, CNN, the Science Channel, and many more!
Download the Tentative Program Schedule
Benefits include paid travel and transporation, lodging, meals, and program fees (i.e. field trips and cultural activities).
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to access the tools you need to invigorate student interest and power STEM student achievement!
For additional information on the resources and opportunities available through the Siemens STEM Academy, please visit

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Harvard University Life Sciences Outreach 2010 Summer Program for Biology Teachers is now available online at:

The application deadline is April 16th.

This summer we will be exploring Biodiversity in terms of conservation, genetics, systems biology and disease.

The LS-HHMI Outreach invites 18 teachers to immerse themselves in current research and produce educational multimedia based on that research.

This ten-day program integrates faculty lectures and laboratories with curriculum development time and workshops in educational media and technology. The faculty lectures and laboratories led by post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are designed to deepen the knowledge base of high school teachers.

By the end of the program, each teacher will produce a classroom lesson that incorporates multimedia and presents some aspect of what they have learned in the program. In addition, groups of teachers draft animations of relevant biological processes with the help of professional Flash animators. All teacher-generated lessons and animations are available as resources on this website. Upon completion of the workshop, teachers receive a stipend. Previous summer topics have included the biology of cancer, immunology, and infectious disease, and neurobiology.

You can download and then submit your application, essay and resume via e-mail or mail. Please contact Tara Bennett
( with any questions regarding the program.