Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Summer PD: New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change

McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education and Framingham State University College of STEM, in collaboration with Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) present: 


Join us to learn how climate science falls within the revised 2016 STE Standards, and how you can implement these standards, including the Science and Engineering practices, in your own classroom. Participate in content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators and scientists at each collaborating partner organization. Take home investigations you can use in your classroom and a collection of teaching resources and field trip ideas!

Learn how to use the Science and Engineering Practices in your classroom and how they relate to science inquiry.

Explore STEM resources in your community.

Discover how to adapt your current curriculum to meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.

Droughts in the Southwest. Superstorms. Melting Arctic ice. Changing weather patterns and the northward movement of tropical species. Sea level rise of 1-4 feet by the end of the century. What is the Earth telling us? What trends and patterns are observable? What do they hold for our future?  What do we know about climate change? How do we know it?

Spend a week this summer asking these urgent questions about planetary changes, gathering and evaluating data, developing hypotheses, and considering evidence and consequences as you explore the intersection of climate science, food production, biodiversity, energy and infrastructure, and society. Your experience will include field and laboratory work at the recently opened state-of-the-art Framingham State University Hemenway Laboratories.

Participate in laboratory experiences to develop an understanding of the basic physics and chemistry of climate change that include analysis of temperature, carbon dioxide and precipitation data. Perform experiments to estimate the energy content of food waste, and explore the connections between food waste, agricultural production, energy consumption, emission of carbon dioxide and methane, and the warming up of the planet. Learn about exciting pedagogical approaches utilizing the idea of paradigms and paradigm shifts. Apply science and engineering practices to complex systems and complex problems, thus enabling you to creatively and effectively engage students in the heterogeneous classroom. Leave with an array of useful tools and inspiring approaches that are designed for deep learning, effective communication and positive change-making.

Learn how climate science falls within the revised 2016 STE Standards, and how you can implement these standards, including the Science and Engineering practices, in your own classroom. 

Partners: Framingham State University – College of STEM, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education

Course Dates: July 10-14 (8:30 am -3:30 pm); Half-Day Introductory Session June 10; Half-Day Fall Call-back November 18

Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district.

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Visit for more info on this and other Professional Development Institutes and to register online.

For more information contact:
Dr. Irene Porro, Director
McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning


Brianna Wilkinson, Assistant Education Director
Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)

Trauma and Resilience: The Effect on Families, Children and Learning

The Effect on Families, Children and Learning
Saturday, 4/29/17 from 10:00am-1:00pm
University Hall, Room 2-078
We are delighted to present Lesley University professor Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce, Ed. D., the Associate Dean of GSOE and Director of the Center for Special Education, who will be facilitating this workshop.  She will be joined by her colleagues, and they will be leading us in a presentation and discussion about trauma and resiliency and what this means for us as teachers. 
Please register for this event by Monday, April 24 by sending your name and contact information to and putting RSVP Spring Event into the subject line.  Any questions?  Please email Andi Edson, Director of the NTC at

Certificates of Attendance to be given!  Great raffle prizes! Discounted parking!
Join us for a delicious and nutritious brunch!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Poetry Institute for Educators of Young Children

Poetry Institute for Educators of Young Children

Poetry readings and workshops, featuring Obama Inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Boston's Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges

Click here: For registraton information

Thursday, March 16, 2017
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Poetry Institute for Educators of Young Children will begin with a reading and lecture by Richard Blanco, Inaugural poet for President Obama and Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets. Activities will include:
4:00 pm Registration and Coffee
4:30 pm Poetry reading and lecture with Richard Blanco
5:30 pm Introduction to Poetry as an Art Form  with Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate and Lesley professor
6:15 pm Supper and review of resources on poetry for young children
7:30 pm Workshops:
  • Poetry and the Disciplines  with Madeline Holzer, Educator in Residence of American Academy of Poets
  • Poetry and Nature  with Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes, editors of the Classroom Bookshelf and Lesley professors
  • Sound and Word Play  with Betty Bardige, author of Poems to Learn to Read By
8:30 pm Reflection on workshop poems and discussion of next steps for integrating poetry into teaching and learning
Register now.

Co-sponsored by Lesley University and the Academy of American Poets.
Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet for President Obama and 2016 Lesley University Honorary Degree Recipient
University Hall Amphitheater - 2nd Floor
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

Near Porter Square T stop.
Directions to campus.
Registration Required
Cost: $25, which includes a light supper and materials

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Primary Source Global Action for Social Justice Series Webinar

From Primary Source: Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed pleasant holidays with friends and family.  I want to let you know that we have a webinar series beginning on January 18 and we welcome more teachers to participate.  Our Global Action for Social Justice series will includes sessions on human trafficking, the UN's sustainable development goals, and sports and human rights.  All details are below — please share with your teachers — they can sign up directly using the link at the bottom of the descriptions.  New for this year:  with participation in all three sessions (plus an assignment), teachers can earn 10 PDPs.

Global Action for Social Justice
3-part webinar series

DATES: January 18, February 15, and TBD 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. EST
PDPs: 10 PDPs for participation in full series and completion of assignment

Our three-part webinar series will introduce educators to global issues unfolding on many continents. This year we explore social justice tools and approaches that include the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the international effort to eliminate human trafficking, and the global campaign to establish access to sports and play as a human right. Scholar experts will join the conversation to provide context for the issues. Classroom resources will also be shared.  Participants may register for one, two or all three sessions but PDPs are only provided for participation in all three.  Open to all K-12 educators.

Sports and the “Right to Play”: A Global Human Rights Issue
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Gender, disability, sexual identity, race and religion have each been used in various ways and places to exclude people from access to sports. Eli Wolff of Brown University will speak about sports and the “right to play” as a global human rights issue. 

Teaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Led by a Primary Source staff member and K-12 teacher, this webinar provides an introduction to the key components and targets set by the international community to combat some of the world's greatest social, political, and environmental challenges and offers teaching strategies and resources to incorporate these 17 goals into the K-12 classroom.

Human Trafficking
March-April Date TBD

Hear from advocates, students and teachers involved in the 21st century “abolition” campaign to end all forms of coerced unfree labor and the traffic in human lives. Learn about the many avenues for informed action that are open to young people and the critical role that teachers can play in their classrooms and beyond.

Registration is free and open.  Go to to sign up.


Abby Detweiler
Director of Outreach & Program Operations
(617) 923-9933 ext. 120
Educating global citizens
Learn why we’re opening new windows on the world for K-12 educators and their students.

Summer History Course for teachers!

Boston folks!  This is a great course for teachers in Grades 3-12.

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library is pleased to invite 3rd-12th grade teachers from around the country to apply to participate in our summer 2017 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture teacher workshop: Mapping a New World: Places of Colonization and Conflict in 17th-Century New England.

Information about this opportunity
Participants will explore the history and landscape of 1600s New England, with an emphasis on the role of geography and place. This is an opportunity to engage deeply with the region by visiting and learning at major historical landmarks such as the site of Plymouth colony, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and battlefields of the Pequot War, the city of Boston and its harbor islands with their deep connections to Native American history, and museums and libraries that together house collections and exhibitions that bring to life this complex story of land, power, identity, and community.

Teachers will engage with leading scholars and primary source materials, including period maps, letters, land deeds, and narratives that are grounded in their geographic location. These materials illuminate how the different ways and perspectives with which English settlers and multifaceted Native communities viewed the New England region shaped their relationships and interactions throughout the 1600s.

July 9 - 14, 2017 - National Participants

July 23 - 28, 2017 - Commuting Participants

Thursday, January 5, 2017

What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good with Joel Westheimer

 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education   
9th Annual Teacher Forum
What Kind of Citizen:
Educating Our Children for the Common Good 
with Joel Westheimer
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brandeis University 
Hassenfeld Conference Center
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. 

The Teacher Forum is co-sponsored by the Delet Alumni Network (DAN) and the Brandeis Education Program. 
  • How can our schools prepare students to become responsible, ethical and active citizens of a just, democratic society? 
  • How can teachers of all subjects teach young people to engage with the world around them and work to improve it?
In this interactive presentation and workshop 
Dr. Joel Westheimer details how teachers, principals, parents, students and school reformers can pursue meaningful ideals of democracy, 
social justice and civic community. 

Joel Westheimer
Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the Unive
rsity of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio. He began his education career as a summer camp director and was a middle school teacher in the New York City Public School system. His newest book What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good was published in 2015.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University, MS 049, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Monday, December 19, 2016

Summer Institutes about China, Japan and Korea for K-12 teachers

Summer institutes about China, Japan and Korea for K-12 teachers

Summer Institute

K-12 teachers are invited to the University of Washington in Seattle for week-long summer institutes about the history and culture of China, Japan and Korea. Dorm housing and travel stipends are provided to all accepted participants who reside outside the Seattle metropolitan area.