MƒA Course Catalog

MƒA teachers participate in and lead professional growth and enrichment opportunities throughout the year, ranging in focus from mathematics and science content to pedagogical practice and leadership.

MƒA Course Catalog

MƒA teachers are committed to learning, so we create opportunities for their growth and to sustain them in their teaching careers. We offer a range of high quality, STEM-focused professional workshops and events on most evenings throughout the school year. Browse our 2018 spring courses that MƒA teachers are leading and participating in during the remainder of the school year. 

AP Biology and the Use of Primary Data to Improve Science Practices

The goal of this PLT is to help our students improve their skills in the seven Science Practices as explained by College Board. Teachers will take turns bringing in primary article data that they wish to use in their classrooms. The team will work together to create a classroom[+] Read More activity around the primary article and data provided. Teachers will then volunteer to take the activity back into their classroom, use it with their students, and report back to the team with student work to discuss its effectiveness. The team will then collaborate to revise the activity accordingly. The goal is that together we will create a catalog of data-driven activities in various content areas to use in our classrooms.

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Facilitated by MƒA Master Teachers Steve Gallagher and Marisa Wagner

Science | Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 30, Jun 4

AP Chemistry: Using AP Questions to Drive Instruction

Whether you're teaching AP chemistry for the first time, or have been doing so for years, this PLT will give teachers a forum to bring questions, concerns, and examples of their best practices. Each month teachers will bring one artifact -- such as a demonstration, lab activity,[+] Read More or assessment -- that they use in the classroom which connects to the AP's new Scientific Practices. We will all collaborate on how to use these artifacts to teach the Five Big Ideas of the curriculum, expand them into guided-inquiry labs, and use them to prepare students for the AP chemistry exam.

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Facilitated by MƒA Master Teacher Peter D?Amico and MƒA Early Career Teacher Emily Hart

Science | Feb 5, Mar 12, Apr 16, May 14

Applicant Screener

Screeners help MƒA identify teachers with a strong foundation in content, pedagogy, and knowledge of students to become part of our thriving MƒA STEM community. Fellowship finalists participate in a two-part interview process that has them present on concepts at the periphery[+] Read More of their content-area understanding and sit for an individual interview. As a screener, you will collaborate with a team of two experts (a 'screening panel') to observe applicants' presentations and conduct interviews. Over the course of a day, you will interview five teacher candidates and provide insight as to why candidates should/should not become members of our MƒA community.

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Facilitated by MƒA Director of Admissions and Recruitment Benjamin Bingman-Tennant

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | May 31

Applying Ideas from Modern Algebra to Secondary Teaching

How might ideas from modern algebra contribute to how we teach mathematics in secondary classrooms? This mini-course tackles this question by looking at connections between modern algebra and secondary mathematics. The purpose is to explore how some ideas in modern algebra may[+] Read More inform pedagogical decisions such as choosing and sequencing tasks, facilitating productive mathematics discussions, and scaffolding. We'll start with classroom scenarios, then delve into connected ideas from modern algebra, and finally return to the classroom scenario to see how these connections might change our approach to the situation. Teachers are encouraged to bring in their own experiences from solving equations and/or function units to be explored together in this course.

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Facilitated by Eileen Murray, Ph.D.

Mathematics | Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 12

Aquaponics: Creating Aquaponic Systems in the Science Classroom

Aquaponics refers to an agricultural growing system that typically uses nutrient-rich, fish-waste water to grow plants. Teachers in this mini-course will each create a portable aquaponic system to be used in their science classrooms and will explore student-centered lessons centered[+] Read More around the aquaponic system. Additional topics covered throughout the mini-course include sustainable practices and principles, desirable properties of soilless media, and water chemistry. Upon completion of this mini-course, teachers will be prepared to design student-centered activities and implement their recently built aquaponics system into their classrooms.

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Facilitated by MƒA Master Teachers Leovie Diaz and Richard Lebowitz

Science | May 16, May 23, May 30

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