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MMSA has been a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional development for educators for over 20 years. Our experience in making STEM engaging and accessible for educators and students while ensuring effective grounding in rigorous learning standards means that we deliver exceptional value in professionl development.
MMSA’s Professional Development Offerings
MMSA’s consulting work spans STEM integration, implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), development and effective use of formative assessment, and more. We work throughout Maine and across the country.
Among recent offerings, MMSA staff members have conducted multiple workshops for Southeastern NH Regional Education Service Center (SERESC), AOS 93, Prince Edward Island Teachers Convention, Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative Math Science Partnership Project, and Harkins Consulting (formerly KIDS Consortium) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Education Afterschool Initiative.
We are proud to be collaborating with the National Science Teachers Association to design and co-present NGSS implementation sessions for administrators, including a recent session in Denver, Colorado.
Numerous consulting and workshop opportunities are planned for the summer and upcoming academic year in both formal and informal settings. We’re working with a wonderful set of partners, including the Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students (ELLMS) Collaborative, the Department of Maine Fisheries and Wildlife, Project Wild, Scarborough Public Schools, and Southern Maine Community College.
MMSA has also developed a regional workshop model, where staff provide professional development to groups at low cost. For workshops currently scheduled and registration information, go here!
How Can MMSA Help Link STEM to Proficiency?
MMSA’s experience in making STEM engaging and accessible for educators and students while driven by learning standards provides a solid grounding to link STEM to proficiency-based education.
Working toward proficiency in science requires examination not only of curriculum mapswhat we teachbut also how we teach and assesssuch as developing formative assessments and performance tasks that are targeted to the learning expectations. As we move into the 2015-2016 school year, MMSA can provide your school with targeted trainings in linking STEM to proficiency-based education:
- Orientation sessions for K-12 teachers and administration, guiding them through the conceptual shifts in the Framework for K-12 Science Education, including the science and engineering practices as interwoven within the core STEM ideas.
- Demonstrating the overlap between the practices in the Framework and the CCSS-Math and ELA practices and capacities.
- Facilitated application time to map current curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards or the Maine Learning Results in partnership with teachers.
- Working hand-in-hand with teachers to establish content learning standards and competencies that connect NGSS core ideas and practices to District models.
- Providing facilitation as teachers transition from aligning curriculum maps to thinking about instruction and assessment, moving beyond a series of activities that can be considered the curriculum to examining instructional practice.
- Orientations to how to turn performance expectations/standards into performance tasks and performance assessments for their units that begins with identifying the standard to be targeted.
What Others Are Saying
“The Kittery School District has had an ongoing relationship with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for a number of years. Over that time MMSA staff members have facilitated our work in a variety of areas and in all grade levels (and involving all teachers). Curriculum mapping was our first point of entry with MMSA, and we were guided through the process of alignment with the Framework for K-12 Science Education and continue to work with MMSA on instructional practice/instructional strategies and assessment.
It is fair to say that Joyce Tugel from MMSA has provided professional development to every grades 6-8 science and K-5 classroom teacher a few times per year for 6+ years. Over time Joyce worked with us on developing and implementing at least one STEM/design unit at each grade level and in tracing a STEM strand in our science curriculum. She has helped us move more from a ‘content delivery’ method of teaching to having our teachers facilitate their students’ ‘becoming scientists’ through investigation, evidence gathering, argument and reasoning.
With MMSAs help, weve also moved away from disconnected ideas and areas within science to systems thinking, a huge shift that teachers have embraced and modeled. Perhaps one of the most rewarding things to come out of our work with MMSA is that teachers themselves are excited about what they are doing and want very much to bring that excitement to our students. All our science teachers (K-12) continually ask for more time with the MMSA staff!”
-From Marilyn Woodside, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Kittery School Department
How Can MMSA Help You?
MMSA content specialists provide a range of professional development to teachers and administrators seeking to improve curriculum, instruction, assessment, and pedagogical content knowledge in STEM. Formats include half-day or full-day focused workshops, ongoing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and on-site or virtual coaching. Schools may request a specific topic or select from a series of workshops we have developed. We are increasingly working with schools on incorporating more engineering into their curricula, and are planning to do the same with computer science.
We also work with teachers and out-of-school providers on the integration of STEM and service-learning. This is done through workshops that are co-taught by an MMSA STEM expert and a service-learning specialist who uses the KIDS Consortium service-learning model.
Our Team of Specialists Includes:
Contact Joyce Tugel, MMSA’s Consulting Coordinator, for more information and rate structures, or call 207-899-8661.