In 2020 there are a variety of STEM Week Challenges for all ages to participate in. https://www.massstemweek.org/
Many partners are also including free PD to support you - check it out now!
Follow @MassSTEMWeek on twitter to get the most up to date information and stay connected!
OpenSciEd Covid-19 instructional mini-units
OpenSciEd has released multidisciplinary COVID-19 & Health Equity units for grades 3-5 and high school. The COVID-19 pandemic is a clear example of how science and society are connected, and these units explore how different communities are impacted by the virus through the lens of historical inequities in society. The elementary units include integrated social-emotional learning and supports for teachers and families in addressing these emotional topics. The HS materials can be appropriate for science, social studies, and health courses. Epidemiologists, public health experts, equity and antiracist education experts, community groups, as well as social-emotional learning experts contributed to the material development. K-2 unit available on September 30th and middle school in January 2021. Sign up for the webinars to learn more about the units!
No-Cost, DESE-Approved Screener and Diagnostic Assessments
Istation: Indicators of Progress: mathematics preK-8, reading PreK-8, and Spanish literacy preK-5 for Spanish language educators to assess in Spanish are on the list.
Riverside Insights: Iowa Flex: Mathematics 2-8 and ELA 4-8
The bid solicitation seeking vendors to provide assessments at no-cost to districts remains open for submissions until noon on Tuesday, December 1. Visit the DESE website for additional information.
Free WIDA virtual learning opportunity for all Massachusetts educators, from ESL to all other content! This WIDA event will be held between October 12-30, 2020 so mark your calendars! Details can be found at: https://wida.wisc.edu/esummit
MTEL committee recruitment
The DESE and Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are currently seeking Massachusetts educators to participate in Item Review Committees for the Massachusetts Test for Teacher Licensure (MTEL) program.
We will be holding Item Review Committees for the development of the following tests:
General Science (middle school) - October 8th and 9th
Physics - October 15th and 16th
Elementary Mathematics - October 20th and 21st
Digital Literacy and Computer Science - October 26th and 27th
Technology/Engineering - October 29th and 30th
Item Review Committee members will review, approve, and/or revise the draft test items as necessary. Committees will meet in October and each committee will take place virtually over the course of at least two days.