For the second half of the session, the teachers worked in groups to complete hands-on inquiry science activities for their respective grades. To close out the session, teachers joined back together to discuss what they learned in their individual activities and how each activity demonstrated the various Crosscutting Concepts and STE Standards.
Through this professional development series, teachers at the Dover-Sherborn Elementary Schools gained a better understanding of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards and will be able to integrate hands-on, minds-on inquiry activities into their curriculum. We look forward to our bringing Customized School Services to other school districts to assist them in unpacking the newly adopted MA Revised STE Standards.
Customized School Services connects experienced science education specialists with schools/school districts that have professional development and curriculum development needs. MITS works with individual schools, school departments and other educational organizations to develop professional development sessions for their teachers to support and improve inquiry-based STEM education and assist them with adjusting their curriculum and resources to meet the MA STE Standards. STEM education specialists assist teachers and school systems in developing their best science education practices. For more information or to arrange a customized program for your school(s) contact MITS at 617-328-1515.
MITS is a not-for-profit corporation that collaborates with formal and informal education institutions to provide STEM professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and non-profit organizations across Massachusetts. Program offerings include week-long graduate level Summer Professional Development Institutes, day-long Professional Development Seminars and Customized School Services. For more information, visit www.mits.org.