Thursday, February 2, 2023
For Immediate Release
Wade Institute Recognized as a High Quality
Professional Learning Provider
Quincy, MA – The Wade Institute for Science Education, a Massachusetts-based science education nonprofit, has a long history of bringing together Massachusetts STEM providers and stakeholders with resources and expertise in order to provide high quality professional development opportunities for educators who then directly impact student science learning outcomes. Since its inception in the 1980s, the organization has continually adapted to address the ever-changing professional learning needs of K-12 teachers and informal educators. Collaborations have included museums, nature centers, wildlife sanctuaries, research facilities, businesses, technology centers, and higher education institutions in Massachusetts and across the United States. The goal is simple: engage teachers in inquiry-based science learning through collaborations with leading local science organizations and thus promote and enable high quality science education for all learners.
The Wade Institute is a Massachusetts Professional Development Point provider, an OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider, included in the Rivet Education Professional Learning Partner Guide, and a provider of Approved Courses for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning. Education Specialists, who work directly with partners and educators for programming, have worked at the local, state, and national levels in order to keep current about the evolving educational landscape and to facilitate long-term change in the field of science education. Wade Institute educators have experience developing state science learning standards, assessing science learning, working with STEM stakeholders through professional organizations and committees, conducting field research, teaching in formal and informal settings, designing standards-aligned teacher resources such as weather and climate strand maps, and coaching science educators through professional learning experiences. Their pedagogical expertise is in inquiry-based, place-based, and phenomena-based learning.
State-Level STEM Involvement
The Wade Institute has worked closely with various state-level entities over the years. Staff and Board members served on the MA State Advisory Committee for the Next Generation Science Standards and assisted with the development of the MA 2016 revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards. In order to expand high-quality STEM education for students across the state, the Wade Institute participated in MA STEM Advisory Council meetings as well as regional STEM Network events. The STEM Advisory Council seeks to expand STEM skills, guided pathways into STEM learning and careers, and employer partnerships for economic and workforce development. MA Regional STEM Networks are resource hubs that connect educators with community leaders and STEM professionals to further excite students for STEM.
Massachusetts STEM Week & STEM Challenges
The Massachusetts STEM Week is sponsored by the Executive Office of Education and the MA STEM Advisory Council. It is an initiative designed to inspire all students, especially those from underserved communities, to persistently pursue STEM activities, education, and careers. STEM Challenges are funded by a grant from the MA STEM Advisory Council.