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  • 06 Feb 2015 11:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are looking to improve your practice in the science classroom here is a book you should read,  5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science by: Jennifer L. Cartier, Margaret S. Smith, Mary Kay Stein, and Danielle K. Ross  It was very well written, the authors gave many supportive diagrams and ideas for clarity. It is an easy read and can be quickly integrated into your practice.

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Readings for STEM educators:
Achieve Releases Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards! Sample Tasks Demonstrate Ways Middle and High School Teachers Can Combine Content from NGSS and the Common Core State Standard

For other readings visit NSTA Recommends

MSTA's Partner STEM Associations:

Upcoming Events!

03 Apr 2015 • Gardiner Area High School
11 Apr 2015 (UTC-04:00) • Gardiner Area High School - Friday October 9, 2015
Science News!

Genes in Space!

Calling all middle and high school teachers! The contest is called Genes In Space and students are asked to design the very first DNA amplification (PCR) experiment to take place at the International Space Station next year. The deadline is April 30, 2015 and all the information and the idea can be submitted online at

No experiments are necessary - just creative scientific thinking and interest in both biology and space. This is the very first contest of this kind and we would love to see a big participation because it is such a fantastic opportunity to be part of the science history!

Please, let me know if you have any questions - my email is, and my cell is 617-710-3496. Genes in Space is a joint effort of Boeing, MiniPCR and Math for America.

Jana Hersch

Do you know an amazing environmental educator in your community?

What about a school that is going above and beyond educating their students about nature and the environment? Is there a local land trust program or nonprofit program that has impacted your life? How about a Maine business you respect for their commitment to sustainability and the environment? If you have answered YES to any of these questions nominate them so that their achievements can be publicly recognized at the 2015 MEEA Conference.

For more information or to nominate someone

Do you like using science to solve mysteries? 

So do we! CSI: Classroom Student Investigations is an excellent PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunity for science teachers. Forensic cases will be developed in which teachers and students will engage in inquiry-based activities to solve the cases. A wide variety of science fields (life, chemical, physical, and technology) will be included in this program. All cases will incorporate “real-world” activities and teachers will be given information how to adapt to their own classrooms. The workshop will be held June 15-26, 2015 (preference will be given to grades 7-10, but others will be considered as space allows), and a limited amount of travel support may be available. Teachers will receive room/board and up to $2000 stipend for successful completion of summer and academic year activities. Workshop is held on the campus of Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR. You’ll have the weekend free to explore the area- go shopping, go to movies or out to eat, travel to Memphis (about an hour away) or explore the many outdoor activities in the “Natural State” For more information and application forms, see our website

Two week-long ocean science programs offered annually at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. FREE to the participants and are available only to Maine High School Juniors and Maine Science Teachers (including room and board). The two programs offered are entitled:

The Keller BLOOM Program - (for Maine HS Juniors - held May of each year)

BLOOM Educators's Program - (Maine Science Teachers - held July of each year)

More information can be found at our education website:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Club of Maine is inviting Maine middle school and high school science and engineering teachers to apply for Club scholarships to the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT).

Workshops from AAAS
Lock in your professional development schedule for 2015! Register now at low Early-Bird rates for these timely and highly regarded workshops from AAAS:
Developing and Using Assessments Aligned to Science Learning Goals     
February 25 - 27, 2015
October 7 - 9, 2015
Understanding and Using Next Generation Learning Goals
March 26 - 27, 2015
November 5 - 6, 2015

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