The following STEM-focused educator trainings are being offered this fall:
The Standard for Mathematical Practices in Common Core Critical Areas: Addressing Needs of Students with Special Education Plans
Tuesdays, December 3rd and 17th: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
This course is designed to help educators who work with students with learning disabilities understand the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs). Participants will learn effective instructional strategies that engage their students in those mathematical practices. To develop the mathematics practices all students must be engaged in high cognitive demand mathematics tasks and be communicating mathematically - two components of math education often omitted from special education students' experiences. In this course, participants will first develop an understanding of the practices so that they know what these mathematical habits of thinking look like in action. They will then discuss specific challenges and opportunities for special education students' development of the practices. Participants will learn effective strategies to help special education students access the mathematics content as well as develop and communicate mathematical thinking through the content. Participants will have an opportunity to use these strategies with their students and, in the second session, reflect on their students' work and their experience.
Cost: $125 TEC Members / $150 Non-TEC
Cost/Person in Teams of 2 or more: $100 TEC Members / $125 Non-TEC
Credit Options: 13 PDPs and/or 1 credit from Worcester State University for an additional $100, payable at the first class.
To register: Go online to http://www.tec-coop.org/PDL_RegForm.html.
Become an Art of Science Learning Fellow
Apply for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation
Worcester is one of only three cities – along with Chicago and San Diego – selected to share a National Science Foundation award of $2.65 million for an Art of Science Learning grant. Hosted by the EcoTarium, this year-long program is designed to prepare the next generation of 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) innovators. 100 participants will have a unique opportunity to be part of an effort that reimagines science education by using the arts to energize communication and collaborative skills, creative thinking, and critical analysis.
The Worcester Incubator for Innovation seeks:
▪ Industry, business and STEM professionals ▪ Engineers and scientists
▪ High school and college students ▪ K-12 classroom and university educators
▪ Visual, performing and teaching artists ▪ Nonprofit and museum professionals
▪ Architects, designers and curators ▪ People with expertise in transportation
Incubator participants will:
▪ Work with national cutting-edge practitioners in arts-based STEM innovation
▪ Interact with a national and local network of innovators and entrepreneurs
▪ Experience effective hands-on training in product, service, process, and work skills
▪ Develop market viable alternatives for Worcester area transportation challenges
▪ Create and test new arts-infused STEM education curriculum and learning programs
▪ Learn practices that affect and advance personal and professional performance
▪ Receive recognition and certification as an Innovation Fellow upon completion
Time commitment: Approximately 150 hours from March 2014 – January 2015
Program is FREE for selected participants and all course materials are provided.
For more info contact Joyce Kressler - Director, Worcester Incubator for Innovation
508.929.2774 or email@example.com.