Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LEGO@ DNA Learning Center - Masterin Molecular Biology - May 15th - Registration required

Please email Bob Rochlin at if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

STEM Graduate Course Offerings

This is a notice announcing the opening of registration of graduate-level courses for science and math teachers that will be offered this summer at no cost to teachers (with the exception of a $50 registration fee).
Course 1 - Earth Science II: Solid Earth
Dates: July 16th–July 27th Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: Northeastern University

Instructor: Professor Malcolm Pringle and Bruce Kamerer

To register for this course please complete the on-line application at:

This course will focus on the characteristics that describe and the processes that govern the solid earth. Basic earth and planetary science concepts will be emphasized including the study of the properties of rocks, minerals, and soils; the dynamics of plate tectonics; surficial processes and landforms; fossils and the fossil record; and geography and the principles of mapping. The course will help middle school teachers train students in the fundamental concepts of Earth Science (as outlined in the Massachusetts State Science Frameworks) by illustrating how these learning standards can be used to address current environmental issues (natural disasters, natural resources, and urban planning) that may elicit and engage the interests of students.

Course 2 - Energy I: Integrating the Sciences through Energy

Dates: June 28-29, July 2, 3, 5, 6, and July 9-13th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructors: Professors Malcolm Pringle, Christos Zahopoulos, Steven Untersee, and Michael Clinchot

To register for this course, please complete the on-line application at:

This course is designed to deepen teacher knowledge of energy concepts and how to connect energy concepts across content areas. This class is well suited to help elementary and middle school teachers use energy as a theme to connect their curriculum throughout the year and for high school teachers to connect it to prior and future learning. Participants will develop research-based strategies for communicating with students, especially English language learners and students with other special needs.

Course 3 - Chemistry I: The Particulate Nature of Matter
Dates: June 28, 29, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and July 9, 10, 11 & 13 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Instructor: Professor Thomas Gilbert

To register for this course, please complete the on-line application at:

This is a contextualized chemistry content graduate level course offered to give both in-service and pre-service teachers the in depth scientific background necessary to teach chemistry effectively. This course offers an in depth exploration of fundamental principles of chemistry and will focus primarily on the particulate nature of matter, mechanisms of energy transfer, gas laws, chemical periodicity, and the use of scientific evidence to develop theories to explain nature.

Course 4 - Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics—A Human Approach
Dates: July 16th-20th and 23rd–27th Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: UMASS Boston

Instructor: Professor Rachel Skvirsky
To register for this course, please complete the on-line application:

In-depth exploration of the biological principles, content knowledge, and pedagogical strategies needed for teaching cell and molecular biology and genetics at the middle and high school levels. The course takes a human biology approach to these areas, using activities and examples drawn from the human body. Content is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework and the National Science Education Standards. The course consists of explanation of concepts, laboratory activities, problem-solving exercises, classroom discussion, readings, and other assignments. Emphasis is placed on gaining a rich understanding of biological concepts, while modeling the use of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching strategies.

Please note – a $50 registration fee is required. Participants will receive a $650 stipend upon completion of each course. The cost for graduate credit for each NU course is: $650 + $50 registration, making the final out-of-pocket cost $50. Teachers from all districts may pay for this course with a tuition check in the amount of $650 (made out to Northeastern University) on the first day of class, or elect to be billed by the university directly at a later time.

For more information, visit our website at: or contact Feby Kiragu at 617-373-5154 or email:  if you have questions.