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PreK-12 Teachers

CASE provides professional development to PreK-12 teachers.

The Great Diseases: Teaching Neurological Disorders - Fall 2018

Teaching Neurological Disorders

A Course for In-service Teachers
BIOE 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology –Teaching Neurological Disorders
 3 credits
Fall 2018 – Thursdays, 4:45 – 7:25 PM

Tuition and Fees Incentive: Graduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $325. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

To register for this class, please visit InfoBear once the Fall 2018 registration process opens.

Description: The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIOE 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology –Teaching Neurological Disorders. The course provides in-service teachers with the background to teach neuroscience at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to understand the nervous system from the building blocks of our brains to how our brains control behavior, like addiction. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach neuroscience, and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom. The course also parallels the Great Diseases Neurological Disorders curriculum, which has been tested in classrooms across the country and is freely available online.

Course Learning Goals: After completion of the course, students should be able to

•    Demonstrate content knowledge of the five major concepts covered in this course.
•    Interpret and evaluate claims about neurological disorders.
•    Demonstrate ability to interpret scientific data, develop models, and use mathematical thinking as it applies to active learning in the classroom.
•    Develop a classroom lesson that integrates scientific practices and one of the five major concepts covered in this course.
•    Demonstrate use of current best practices in teaching pedagogy to deliver neuroscience content in a classroom lesson.
•    Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge related to teaching neuroscience (be able to identify and correct student misconceptions, demonstrate use of figures/models and teaching tools that prove most effective in neuroscience, etc.).

Raising the Bar for All - Spring and Summer 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.

BIOE 515 Advances in Ecological/Environmental Biology: Evolution: The Unifying Concept of Biology will be offered in the summer 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: “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” - Theodosius Dobzhansky, 1973. Evolution is integral to our understanding of all aspects of biology, from medicine to farming. This course is designed to survey the mechanisms of evolution through the lens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ teaching standards for K-8 science teachers.
Conceptually, we will: (1) explore the ways in which genetic changes in populations lead to adaptation, speciation, and historical patterns of evolutionary change; (2) understand how evolution by means of natural selection permeates our understanding of biological phenomena, and (3) use free web-based software to understand the roles of random mutation and resource availability in evolving digital organisms.

Course Dates:  The course will meet in person on Tuesday, June 26; Wednesday, June 27; Thursday, June 28; Friday, June 29; and Monday, July 2, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The class will also meet in person on Thursday, July 19, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM for final presentations.  An additional 3 hours of online work is required.  Additionally, 24 follow-up hours of required curriculum writing work (for which teachers will be paid), is required for final presentation of curriculum units on July 19.  

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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.

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Sustainable STEAM: Elementary Teacher Training - Spring 2018

Are you looking for safe engaging lessons to teach NGSS in unique affordable ways?

Professional Development for Teachers of Students in Grades 3-5
Date:  June 28, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:  $30

This workshop will equip you with interactive lessons aligned to MA STE, MA Common Core ELA & Math standards as well as Art & Social Studies extensions. Real-world sustainable innovations inspired by nature provide the backdrop for integrating scientific thinking and engineering design into your classroom. Taught by Beyond Benign’s staff and Lead Teacher team of elementary teachers you will receive hands-on experience and open-access resources designed for teachers and by teachers. 

Earn 10 PDP’s for full participation in the workshop and completion of a follow-up assignment.

To register, please visit

Please register by June 7, 2018!

Games Teachers Play

Number Sense & Basic Facts (Grades K-4)

Fact fluency is a byproduct of secure number sense. Mental math is a real-world skill that is used regularly but assessed rarely. These mathematical games will encourage students to think flexibly and to manipulate and hold numbers in their minds. These games have multiple entry levels and can be easily differentiated for learners’ skill level.

Date: November 14, 2018
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Bridgewater Campus

Strategy, Problem Solving, and SMP 1 Game (Grades 3-8)

Our students will be lost in this world if they are unable to strategize and solve novel problems. In mathematics, their ability to do so is essential. In fact, “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them” is the first and central Standard for Mathematical Practice. Workshop will look at mathematical games and puzzles which engage students in looking a few steps ahead, developing strategy, and solve novel problems.

Date: December 12, 2018
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm 
Locations: Attleboro Campus

Logic and Reasoning (Grades K-8)

Logic, reasoning and proof are essential parts of mathematics in Pre-K through grade 12. Looking for patterns, problem solving, perseverance, curiosity, logic, reasoning and proof are embedded in these games and other unexpected places. These are the same habits of mind used by mathematicians and cover many of the standards for mathematics practice.

Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Bridgewater Campus

Early Numeracy (Grades PreK-2)

Young children are natural mathematicians. We must nurture their mathematical minds and validate automaticity without forcing them to count unnecessarily. In this workshop, you will learn games that foster number sense and help children practice using mathematically precise language.

Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Attleboro Campus

(Each workshop $25)

Exploring Chemistry through Green Chemistry - Spring 2018

High School and Middle School Teacher Workshop, June 28, 2018

Bridgewater State University CASE in collaboration with Beyond Benign, a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to green chemistry education, invites high school and middle school STEM educators to an exciting day of professional development!  Our workshop will take place in the Dana Mohler Faria Science & Math Building and will feature interactive lessons and labs designed for and by teachers aligned to MA STE standards.
Throughout the day you will work with Beyond Benign staff and K-12 Lead Teachers along with BSU faculty and students on various hands-on chemistry laboratory activities. You will have access to Beyond Benign open-access resources, BSU teaching and research equipment, and the opportunity to network with educators from BSU and Beyond Benign. BSU chemistry students will serve as “Teaching Assistants” guiding you through the morning and afternoon hands-on activities.

Date: June 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $30
Credit: Certificates of Completion for 10 PDP’s with the opportunity to earn an additional 2-6 clock hours.
Registration Deadline: Please register by June 7th

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