The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education

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.).

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:  TBD
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.

Register Here

Please register by TBD!

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: December 12, 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: February 13, 2019
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: March 13, 2019
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: May 15, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Attleboro Campus

Register Here 
(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: TBD
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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EarthView Institute Floor Map Training

The primary goal of this Institute is to train a corps of teachers to possess both content knowledge of the world’s many regions and the teaching skills that will enable them to introduce new and creative teaching approaches as they use Floor Maps in their school districts.

These giant traveling floor maps developed by National Geographic Society and housed at Bridgewater State University can be used by you after completing training sessions on the care and use of the maps. This Institute training will demonstrate setup of the maps, activities to do with various grade levels, and handling of the maps. Teachers will develop the content knowledge and presentation skills to use them effectively in their own school districts.

The training will be held at Bridgewater State University on Tuesday December 4th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm and Tuesday December 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Participation on both dates of training is a requirement for reserving the maps for your school. 

Date: December 4, 2018 & December 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Bridgewater Campus

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Engage in Math Content Workshops

Redefining, Modeling, and Understanding Fractions and their Operations (Grades 3-8)
Engage in Math workshops are focused on giving teachers the tools to help their students develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. In the workshops, teachers explore a variety of Common Core aligned classroom activities to engage all students. They experience the “Standards for Mathematical Practice” and “Mathematical Teaching Practices” in action.  Offerings range from short or full day workshops to intensive school-embedded coaching.

Section I 
Dates: 1/14/19, 2/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/22/19, 5/6/19 (Snow Day)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm (for each session)
Location: Attleboro Campus
Cost: $100
Instructor: Polina Sabinin

Section II
Dates: 1/16/19, 2/27/19, 3/27/19, 4/24/19, 5/8/19 (Snow Day)
Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm (for each session)
Location: Bridgewater Campus
Cost: $100
Instructor: Polina Sabinin

Registration for this workshop is closed.

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