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PreK-12 Teachers

CASE provides professional development to PreK-12 teachers.

Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 Teachers

Spring 2018

Raising the Bar for All is a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools and Bridgewater State University. The mission of MMSP is to promote math and science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. As part of the Raising the Bar for All program, BSU will offer three graduate level courses to K-8 teachers from Randolph and Braintree schools.

PHYS 560-GR1 Special Topics in Physical Science: Astronomy will be offered in the spring of 2018. Please note that this course is currently restricted to teachers from Randolph and Braintree. If you do not teach in these districts, you may still submit information via the link below. We will contact you a few weeks before the class start date to let you know if there are any open seats.

Course Description: This course will explore modern concepts in astronomy and how they arose, with particular attention to topics and practices relevant to Earth and space sciences, physical science, and life science standards in the 2016 MA STE Curriculum Framework. Planets, the Solar System, the Sun, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole will be studied.

Course Dates: The course will meet in person on Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, January, 18, 2018 - April 12, 2018. The course will also meet one Saturday, March 17, 2018 and on May 10, 2018 for final presentations. Additional online course work and PLC dates for curriculum writing are TBD. Additional 24 hours (paid) of curriculum writing is required.

To register for this course, please submit information requested on the registration form.

Fall 2017

Supporting Non-Standard Problem Solving in Mathematics in Grades 1-12
This Engage in Math professional development workshop series is designed to engage mathematics teachers in grades 1-12 (and their students) in non-standard mathematical problem solving. Non-standard problems require us to step away from rigid procedures, problem types, key terms, and other tricks. Instead, to make sense of these problems (let alone to solve them) we must open our minds, think creatively, take risks, use our problem-solving strategies, and make new connections about mathematics that we know. In this process, we deepen our understanding and discover new mathematics. Workshop participants will:

• Join a professional learning community
• Engage in problem solving
• Analyze mathematical teaching practices
• Learn about sources of excellent non-standard problems
• Be provided with a grade-specific packet of problems from Math Kangaroo Olympiad that they can use in their classes.

The series consists of 4 workshops. Program registration fee for the series is $100 per teacher.

Refund policy: Full refunds can be requested in writing at least ten business days prior to the first workshop. We are unable to issue partial refunds.

Workshop dates vary with location.

Bridgewater State University
Main Campus 

24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater MA

• October 30 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• November 27 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• January 29 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• April 2 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)

Bridgewater State University 
Attleboro Campus

11 Field Road, Attleboro MA

• November 1 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• November 29 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• January 31 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
• April 4 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)

Certificates of Completion for 6 clock-hours will be provided for participants who attend all four sessions. There will be an opportunity to earn an additional 4 clock-hours.

Registration is Closed

Additional professional development opportunities are available through the Watershed Access Lab and Engage in Math programs.