GBRC offices at 14 Vernon St., Framingham
Spring is finally here, and with it arrives the newest edition of our Greater Boston Readiness Center newsletter!
We remain committed to bringing you the professional development opportunities available to our greater Boston and MetroWest communities. As always, this issue includes:
• Upcoming courses, trainings, workshops and information sessions.
• Links to initiatives coming from the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education.
• Links to other professional development opportunities.
So please take a few minutes to note the latest offerings, and feel free to forward this, using the link at the bottom, to someone you think might be interested. Additionally, if you have something you'd like us to include in our next issue, please let us know: [ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don't forget to visit our web site, which is updated weekly to include the most current information. Check it out at
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What's Been Happening at the GBRC
March and April have continued to be very busy months for the Greater Boston Readiness Center (GBRC).
Our highlights include:
Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA):
We now can support programs and schools in the area in the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance in this tool please email Barbara Jacobs at [ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be able to [Image] support programs using Work Sampling in late May.
Congratulations to our school districts that have volunteered to be part of the MKEA Cohort 2. These school districts are: Framingham Public Schools, Norwood Public Schools and Winthrop Public Schools. The Greater Boston Readiness Center looks forward to working with you over the next year.
Coursework provided through the Greater Boston Readiness Center:
• On March 14th, the GBRC and the ACCEPT Collaborative presented "Closing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics: Instruction & Intervention for K - 5 Struggling Learners". This well attended training by Dr. Bradley S. Witzel, author of Response to Intervention in Math and Building Number Sense Through Common Core, presented guidelines for improving learning for all students, especially those who struggle with mathematics content. On March 15th, Dr. Witzel presented "Arithmetic to Algebra: Instruction & Intervention to Increase Math Performance for Students Who Struggle in Grades 5 - 8". Participants in this interactive training learned specific evidence-supported instructional strategies and interventions such as new options within systematic instruction, work problem solving, and the concrete-representational-abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction. A two-session training on "Understanding and Using the Environment Rating Scales to Improve Program Quality," was offered in April to program directors and specialists learning how to support their program through the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Participants learned how use the Environmental Rating Scales to assess their program classroom environments and to develop program improvement plans. In response to this training the GBRC will offer training and technical assistance on the QRIS beginning in May.Even with weather issues the GBRC and The Education Collaborative (TEC) were able to offer "Young Children Tell and Act Out Stories". This storytelling curriculum helped educators enhance literacy and socialization in their classrooms.
Early Childhood Education College & Career Fair
The Greater Boston Readiness Center sponsored its first Early Childhood Education College and Career Fair on Saturday, April 27th. In collaboration with the Region 6 Education and Provider Support Collaborative and Boston Alliance for Early Education brought academic institutions, training programs and early childhood programs together for educators working in the field who want to begin or continue [Image] their higher education.
We would like to thank the following colleges and agencies who participated in this wonderful event:
Bunker Hill Community College, Cambridge College, Endicott College Boston, Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, Pine Manor College, UMASS Boston, Wheelock College, Fisher College, Quincy College, Urban College of Boston, Springfield College, University Without Walls, Roxbury Community College, Walden College, Institute for Education and Professional Development, ABCD Child Development Associate Program, Region 6 Educator and Provider Support, Boston Alliance for Early Education, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, BOSTnet, Department of Higher Education, Associated Early Education and Care, Action for Boston Community Development - Head Start and Children's Services, and YMCA of Boston.
**A special thank you goes out to Pat Xavier from Boston Alliance for Early Education who pulled this event together.**
Curriculum Mapping and More
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Governor's Readiness Centers, has developed a new series on curriculum mapping as a core tool for communicating about and aligning curriculum and instruction across grades, subject areas, and schools. During the series, which includes two webinars, a two-day summer institute, and follow-up activities, participants will discuss the status of curriculum mapping in their districts, gain access to exemplary models and other support resources, and use guided planning time to take their curriculum planning to the next level.
The next component in this series is a set of May webinars focused on mapping to content-area standards in ELA, Math, and History/Social Science; webinars will be offered at both elementary and secondary levels in each content area and are open to curriculum-focused administrators and teachers in all MA school districts.
To register for any of these webinars, please use the links below:
History/Social Science (May 13 - Elementary 10am; Secondary 1pm)
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English Language Arts/Literacy (May 21 - Elementary 10am; Secondary 1pm)
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Mathematics (May 29 - Elementary 10am; Secondary 1pm)
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If you are unable to join the webinars live, they will be archived at the project website: [ http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019OkVK-VvZDfE74i0dl58K3qK_cFSKTeYQICpDL3eTYDf7Uk78lSi3TWfDJrr1lqjvC35AG2wyaWxNrn0mDhAmPPzzvbq8VibJhI_0tlXRUMLOKoFfnm1YILYDlGxruu7O2r-xx_5unnllEue77Jzmussx1LU-5uY ]https://sites.google.com/a/lpvec.org/camp/home
Upcoming Courses & Events by Community Partners
Apply to Receive Funding for Zero Robotics M.S. Out of School Program
Applications due May 8th!
The Mass. Afterschool Partnership is seeking school/community based summer programs interested in participating in this summer's Zero Robotics middle school competition aboard the International Space Station. Successful applicants will receive free training, free curriculum and a small stipend for materials and transportation.
You can learn more by visiting the
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FREE STEM Resource Fair for Educators
May 23, 2013. 2:30 - 5:30 PM. Bridgewater State University
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Individuals interested in strengthening STEM education including early childhood educators, K-12 teachers and administrators and representatives of business, government, and community organizations.
ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS:
Participate in hands on STEM activities and take away information on how to replicate the activities with students. Gather STEM resources for your classroom, meet potential STEM partners, learn about professional development opportunities and find out about summer programs for students.
Over 50 activities and workshops will be led by STEM professionals representing businesses, school districts, colleges and universities, professional associations, and out of school programs such as the American Chemical Society, Amgen Biotechnolgy Program, Meditech, NOVA Education-WGBH, MIT Museum, Children's Museum in Easton, NASA, Attleboro Public Library, National Marine Life Center, Ocean Explorium, National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, Child Care Network, FIRST Robotics, Stonehill College, Boston University, Bridgewater State University, Bristol and Cape Cod Community College, UMass Dartmouth, and the Plainville, Norton, North Attleboro, and Weymouth Public Schools and many more.
For more information on workshops and activities visit [ http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019OkVK-VvZDfzHYgVf-oG4EyZxrFDWEO0rgj0SlW0m_TAqgxzqF5I228ZInFj_jFARt4NXnT1UFi8kqDODIIPNYFjBSlk1MJmwRisrxIBvQSdXKHa1L2EzxzLauHGekOBUFsVS0Z3nmU= ]http://www.connectsemass.org/stem/.
Science Inquiry for Out of School Time Professionals
Wheelock College Aspire Institute is launching a high quality, two-week online module. Spinning off of the success of their online STEM education courses for elementary teachers, these modules will provide similar content knowledge and instructional strategies geared toward the Out of School Time field. Working in a collaborative environment, this module is appropriate for out of school time teachers, site leaders or anyone involved in developing OST curriculum.
Who: OST teachers, site leaders and curriculum developers
Cost: Individual Rate: $89 (12 CEUs) or $59 (no CEUs) + $10 registration fee
Group Rate: Contact us for group rates
Schedule: Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 21st (total of 12 hours)
Registration: [ http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019OkVK-VvZDdhq8-FVUAGqkfcoOVhJLJmHGwAperviWgpdFWY-7I_dbt34zabdgLMmSsJGdJiBOqdp8bgrT5n8KrvQu5alOKw8GUcTYT7mj5GuEtHrkgT5g== ]www.wheelock.edu/ost - Registration closes: Thursday, June 6th
If you are interested in learning more about this training program, please contact Barbara Joseph at [ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org.
$10,000 Afterschool STEM Impact Award - Applications due May 15th
The Afterschool Alliance is recognizing exemplary afterschool STEM programs serving young people in grades 4 through 8 with two $10,000 Afterschool STEM Impact Awards. Applicants will be judged by the impact of their program on participating youth. Winners and other notable applicants will be recognized in nationally-released issue briefs, invited to present at national conferences and will be highlighted as model programs. The Afterschool Alliance is especially excited to discover programs that are having a significant impact on youth, but may not have been recognized with awards before. One award will be given in each of the two categories:
Afterschool programs that are a strong partnership between an afterschool provider and a STEM-rich institution(s), which include science centers or museums, nature centers, universities, government labs, STEM-related businesses, or other similar institutions. Programs may focus on any STEM topic.
Afterschool programs that have a strong computing and/or engineering component. Computing programs should focus on helping young people acquire the skills and knowledge required to create technology, not just to use it. Engineering programs should be rooted in the engineering design process, and students should be developing and building a solution to a problem.
Applications are due May 15, 2013. For additional details and to apply, click here. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Ballard at[ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 347-2030.
Educational Opportunities for Students
MassBay Community College Announces Summer STEM Programs for Middle School & High School Students
Program information is available at [ http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019OkVK-VvZDedomj5WVxeW-XgqF94tXlwgc6JTzbGT-lhhJXB84Z0s73RpxnGbEzKMveaJKTISPJQNFvAbLPBt0p7YYKBEYESPjLthmc0gO_F4jLWbUZru4lOFudZnlY_ ]http://www.massbay.edu/summer.
Summer Bridge: July 8th - July 19th, Wellesley Hills campus
A 10-day Summer Bridge Program for high school students interested in a fun, hands-on experience this summer.
Learn about state-of-the-art engineering, robotics and digital media techniques, while earning college credits!
The cost is only $100 per student for two weeks.
For more information, contact Prof. Susanne Steiger Escobar at [ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM Summer: July 8th - July 19th, Wellesley Hills campus
A 10-day enriching Summer STEM Program for middle school students entering grades 7 and 8. Future Cities Program:
Students investigate, design, create and learn
Students participate in class projects that will strengthen Math, Biology, Physics and Chemistry concepts, while having fun!
The cost is only $300 per student for two weeks.For more information, contact Kristen Sutherland at [ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 239 2702.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Summer Internship Program
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for its 2013 Summer Internship Program, which facilitates the placement of college students and recent college graduates who are considering career opportunities in the clean energy industry with paid internships across the Commonwealth. The Program focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in the clean energy industry and is designed to provide companies with the tools to connect to top talent in Massachusetts. Mass CEC will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends. For more information and student qualifications visit: [ http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019OkVK-VvZDfRFCiY4xiHYE86i6bDWZDTiKXQK9op1x0kLQJlX-9Tme55Obop2SIJpb_jUIs9RCzVhcMVZeyD5b-pkruakylhX6BKl7RLT6QqxGqMszuja53zV87gBK1-D6PyCDF5FlwdLB4N_XVzGmNMDBaaLJP8ba6DAh-jPlRLJkDxR2rAeP3fAuRKBjk-DZjqnTJPI8HUQyiD5UTscRqhRhWECWzFEs7J3v0ENpE= ]Mass. CEC.