Energy and Environment course for grades 4-8 teachers in MA

Submitted by MA Math and Science Partnership
2007-07-19 20:01:32

The Massachusetts Math & Science Partnership grant-funded courses are being offered to middle school (grades 4-8) science teachers in order to improve their content knowledge and teaching ability in the areas of Physics, Chemistry and Geology. The vision behind the grant is to improve science teacher's knowledge of physical and earth science in order to make learning more fun and applicable to the middle grade students and to improve student knowledge and MCAS scores in these areas.

Teachers who are eligible for the program are middle school science teachers who have not yet met the state definition of "highly qualified" or have a need for increased science content as determined by their district. Teachers who participate in the MMSP grant courses are eligible for up to 9 credits of graduate level coursework, which can be transferred into the MAT in Physical Science program. The cost of each course as well as materials is covered by the grant. There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee.
Teachers who are interested in participating in the MMSP program or would like further information should contact the School of Graduate Studies, Off Campus Programs at Bridgewater State College at 508.531.1428 or 508.531.1263. Please see below for the course schedule.

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Energy & the Environment
This course will enable teachers to teach science content required by the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework, as expected by the MCAS. Specific content topics will include describing forms energy, conservation of energy, solar energy, bio-energy, and wind energy.
Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout the entire course. Students will improve their content knowledge through the use of inquiry-based methods of instruction in a hands-on learning environment.
Teachers will adopt the institute's methods and content by working with classroom materials and curriculum, creating their own activities, and engaging their students. Discussions will provide feedback from colleagues and help to improve their lesson plans.

This course will be held at Cape Cod Community College.
Course Dates will be:
Tuesdays: September 25, October 2, 16, 23, November 6, 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays: October 27, November 17 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

For more information, visit:
and look for the phrase "To register for any of the MMSP courses..." near the bottom of the page. You will see an application, a participant form, and a course registration.

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