Monday, January 30, 2012


For Educators of Students in Grades K-12
When: Saturday February 11, 2012       Time:  9:00-3:30
Location: Girls Inc., Lynn
Hosted by:  Northeastern University Marine Science Center Beach Sister Program
To Register: Contact Sarah Gillig, AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow, (781) 581-7370 x 373 or

What to bring: Water, mug, a bag lunch, clothes & shoes for any weather. Plan to be outside!
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to receive training from the award winning, nationally recognized program Aquatic WILD!  It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.  The program emphasizes aquatic wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value, as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Aquatic WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment.
The program guide (Aquatic WILD) contains over 50 activities for educators of youths in grades K-12. Workshop participants will receive copies of the guide, and a certificate of completion. This is an award winning nationally recognized program that is hands-on, easy to use, and has dynamic applications for school teachers, scout leaders, nature center teachers, home educators, after care teachers, etc. 
Project WILD is sponsored in Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife ( To learn more about Project WILD or Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children contact MA Project WILD Coordinator Pam Landry at

Monday, January 23, 2012

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Applications Now Available

The Research Experiences for Teachers Program (RET) is a comprehensive six-week summer research program at Northeastern University that offers teachers a wonderful opportunity to participate in active research projects in professional laboratory settings. Teachers are encouraged to make real connections between the research experience and their classroom curricula as well as create research-based curriculum units that are aligned with local, state, and national frameworks, as well as their own research experience. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in weekly research seminars, special training sessions, professional development meetings, field trips, and network with other district teachers and university faculty.

Please click here for the 2012 application.

The deadline for submission is March 20, 2012. For more information and/or questions on RET, please contact Claire Duggan, Program Director, at and/or visit the RET web site at .

Tentative program dates for the RET are June 25th – August 2, 2012. 

RET participants will be required to attend several Saturday morning sessions prior to the start of the summer program.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Web based Lab - spongelab

Looking for a Web based Lab to supplement your biology and anatomy courses? ..lots of lesson plans...and game based activities.

Monday, January 9, 2012

BioBuilding Curriculum Workshop @ MIT for Middle School Teachers

Professional Development Workshop @ MIT

If you are a middle school teacher interested in bringing current research and novel inquiry-based curriculum to your students, then we want to work with you!
You are invited to apply to the BioBuilding Curriculum workshop @ MIT. This two and a half day professional development class will prepare middle school educators to bring engineering into their science classrooms and laboratories. Faculty from MIT will work with participating teachers to develop middle school curriculum based on the engineering of biology using the successful activities at The workshop will include

* close interactions with high school teachers already teaching the BioBuilder curriculum

* lectures that connect the engineering/science/math and technology aspects of synthetic biology

* small group work with other middle school teachers, high school teachers and MIT’s faculty

* lunchtime seminars

This workshop will run from August 1st-3rd, 2012. Attendees will receive lunch each day, parking validation and 35 PDPs. Attendees should plan to carry out a BioBuilder activity in the 2012-2013 academic year, and provide feedback on the effort.

Who should apply?

This workshop is intended for Middle School science teachers, especially those who are

looking for new ways to teach science content

engaging their students with design challenges and inquiry-oriented activities

eager to bring current research topics into their classrooms

excited by curriculum development

energized by a challenge and comfortable as life-long learners

How to apply?

Send a copy of your CV and a completed application to the following address: Dr. Natalie Kuldell

Department of Biological Engineering, MIT

77 Mass Ave, 16-325

Cambridge, MA 02139