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 fall courses that MƒA teachers are leading and participating in during the first half of the school year. 

Action Research: Incorporating It Into Your Pedagogy

Action research is a way for teachers of any subject matter to focus on their own learning and pedagogy. It is a process where you choose a topic you would like to learn more about in order to deepen and reflect on your own pedagogical practices. We will spend the first session[+] Read More learning more about action research and spend the following five sessions implementing our plans, experimenting in our classrooms, and sharing our findings with our colleagues. This will include writing our research questions, deciding on our methodology, providing one another with meaningful feedback, and analyzing our data. We will also be taking time in this course to think about how to turn our research into proposals for conferences. In the last session, we will share our work as well as reflect on the process as a whole.

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MƒA Master Teachers Nancy Buck and Queila Cordero

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 14, Dec 12, Dec 19, Jan 9

Adapting Chemistry POGIL Activities for Your Classroom

POGIL is a student-centered instructional approach that is designed to develop discipline specific content mastery and key process skills such as critical thinking, effective communication and teamwork. In this PLT, we will explore how to implement POGIL activities that address[+] Read More the needs of all of our students. We'll begin by looking at a Flinn Chemistry POGIL activity and experiment with them in our classrooms. We will then explore how to modify or adapt published POGILs to meet the needs of specific student populations, (ie. ENL students, Special Education students, and students with different learning styles and abilities) while ensuring that essential elements of a POGIL activity are maintained.

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MƒA Master Teachers Anna Annina, Denice Gamper, and Sarah Gribbin

Science | Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 6, Jan 10

Advisory Activities for College Readiness

How can you most effectively use advisory time with your students to support them throughout the complex college admissions process? This interactive workshop is designed to support you in doing just that. Teachers will leave with an understanding of the skills, knowledge, and[+] Read More preparation that a student needs to complete the college application process and successfully matriculate into college. In addition, we will share activities, tools, and resources that teachers can use to support students as they navigate this complicated process.

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Allison Palmer

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | Nov 6

Algebraic Reasoning Across the K-8 Progression

What does algebraic reasoning look like across a K-8 progression? In this PLT, teachers in grades K-8 will work together to explore big ideas in algebraic thinking including equivalence, generalizing, and the various ways in which variables are used. We will explore ways to deepen[+] Read More student understanding of these mathematical relationships, as well as teachers' approaches to these topics, in a way that scaffolds student learning over the course of their educational journeys. Through studying relevant research, applying strategies and approaches discussed in the group, and collecting artifacts from our classrooms, we will work together to build a K-8 continuum of algebraic reasoning in order to inform our instructional approaches to these topics in our classrooms.

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MƒA Master Teachers Sophie Brady, Sharon Goodman, Leigh Kusinski, and Kady Safar

Mathematics | Oct 3, Oct 24, Dec 5, Jan 9

ALL-ED: A Framework for Differentiation

ALL-ED stands for All Learners Learning Every Day... that's the goal, right? Teachers know that students come to classes with divergent experiences, understandings, interests, strengths and needs. However, finding sustainable ways to respond to student diversity on a daily[+] Read More basis is among teachers' greatest challenges. In this mini-course, teachers will learn how to differentiate instruction both in planning and in practice, addressing problems such as variations in students' need for review, missing basic skills, confusions, absences, early finishers, and literacy levels. The sessions will focus on developing differentiated instructional materials and will introduce "on your feet" decision making to ensure engagement, adjust rigor, and promote persistence using group learning and self-regulation routines. Taken together, the ALL-ED framework brings together practical, sustainable, research-based routines enabling teachers to effectively tailor instruction to meet the learning needs of all students.

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Rhonda Bondie, Ph.D., and MƒA Master Teacher Abigail Sewall

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | Sep 27, Oct 4, Oct 11