Vacancy: Grade 7 Science at McDevitt Middle School, Waltham MA

We have a full time SY 2021-2022 vacancy for a Grade 7 Science Teacher at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, Massachusetts. We are looking for a dynamic science teacher with a commitment to inquiry-based and student-centered science instruction, and to engaging every student in a diverse urban middle school. Our school has a great work environment, with teachers working together collaboratively in both grade level content teams and interdisciplinary middle school teams. Apply to Job 1458 at https://www.walthampublicschools.org/about/employment/?category=Middle+School+Teaching and feel free to email Principal Mike Sabin with questions or information at michaelsabin@walthampublicschools.org. While the posting may remain open, initial resume screening will take place on Tuesday, April 13

TEU TEACHING EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES: Secondary science education

The Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) program
is a seven-week immersive summer experience in secondary science education at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, funded by the National Science Foundation. TEU participants earn a generous stipend, take a 60-hour course in science pedagogy, and apply what they’re learning to teaching urban high school students under the supervision of a master teacher-mentor.

If you are committed to a career in secondary education or seriously interested in exploring the possibility of such a career, apply now.

For info and to apply: TEU.vassar.edu
Application deadline: February 28, 2021
Acceptances announced: March 15, 2021
Program start date: May 31, 2021 (Subject to change of up to a week)

TEU participants receive:

A generous stipend
Travel expenses
Room and food allowance
Books and course materials
Option to earn credit for pedagogy course
Funding to attend national or regional conference on STEM education

TEU participants complete:

A science pedagogy course
A teaching practicum under the supervision of a mentor
A post-summer science education leadership project at home institution

TEU applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Pedagogy Course

The equivalent of at least a semester-long course, the science pedagogy course is taught by the TEU summer director of science. This course introduces basic principles and best classroom practices for effective classroom teaching of secondary science. Specific areas of focus include: unit and lesson planning; preparation of laboratory exercises and laboratory safety; active learning in science; formative assessment with a focus on individual students; implementation and integration of technology in science classrooms; Next Generation Science Standards for Practice; and the development of scientific habits of mind and literacy in students. Assignments for the course include daily readings, weekly reflections, an end-of-course self- assessment, and a closing conference.

Participants have the option of earning Trinity College credit for the pedagogy course.

Practicum

During weeks three through six, participants work in teams of three, to teach a science class of their own design. The high school students in these classes are from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), a partnership between a public high school in Hartford and Trinity College. Trinity and HMTCA have an established and innovative early college program that includes a required two-week summer science enrichment class for rising sophomores.

All HMTCA students engage in an authentic research project. Each classroom group takes responsibility for small parts of a bigger research project, does the field work required for the project, and presents the results at the end of the summer session. Beyond this collaborative research project, the teams of TEU participants are free to plan additional experiments and other activities according to their interests and the students’ needs. A local master teacher closely supervises each teaching team. The mentor monitors each class, provides feedback, and contributes professional expertise in classroom management techniques and lesson design. Each team debriefs daily with their mentor.

The Trinity TEU may also include a few special speakers (a young professional forensic scientist who herself attended HMTCA has been a popular speaker each year) especially focused on careers in science.

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Part-time Consulting Position at Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair

There is a notable scarcity of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students competing at the State competition level annually. We are eager to support motivated BIPOC students to reach this level of State competition. We recognize that the field doesn’t always represent their demographic and that it can be both intimidating and disheartening to proceed in an environment that doesn’t reflect oneself. With that in mind we are launching a coaching program for BIPOC students whereby we match them with a coach who supports them through the science fair program year. The coaching will focus on the students’ research and preparation for the science fair program. More: https://scifair.com/about-2/

Part-time Consulting Position

MSEF brings the excitement of STEM learning and discovery to youth, cultivating future generations of STEM talent. MSEF seeks an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial Coaching Coordinator to assist in launching the coaching program for BIPOC students. The Coaching Coordinator will manage the program supporting both the coaches who support students working on independent research projects as well as the students themselves. This program will run from late October through May and will support up to 48 students and their coaches, from corporations and academia, through the science fair preparation season.

Responsibilities to include:
For students
• Develop onboarding program for students.
• Systematic check-ins and tracking, ensuring students are fulfilling their bi-weekly meetings with their coaches.
• Identify additional needs that MSEF can support during their science fair preparation.
• Manage communication with schools and/or teachers of the participating students,
identifying any particular needs that can be met.


For coaches
• Recruit, manage, and train/guide STEM professionals and STEM college majors, to coach high school STEM students.
• Develop onboarding program for coaches.
• Provide ongoing support to coaches.

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Graduate Research Assistant for NSF-funded Science Education Project

This is a graduate research assistant (RA) position for the academic year 2020/21 in science education funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project studies how undergraduate learning assistants and graduate teaching assistants (LAs and TAs) can support student learning in introductory chemistry and physics lectures. The RA’s responsibilities will include: collecting classroom videos; scheduling and conducting research interviews of students, LAs, and TAs; managing video and interview data; and contributing to data analysis.

The RA will work in a highly collaborative team including the PI (Ira Caspari, Tufts Departments of Chemistry and Education), two co-PIs (Vesal Dini, Tufts Department of Physics and Astronomy & Hannah Sevian, UMass Boston Department of Chemistry), and undergraduate research assistants. The project will be conducted in introductory chemistry and physics lectures at Tufts and UMass Boston. In the fall 2020 semester, all lectures involved in the study and all components of the research will be conducted online. It is not established yet whether classes and research will be conducted in-person or online in the spring 2021 semester.

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in a Tufts graduate program.
  • Interest and abilities to interview students, LAs, and TAs about their learning and teaching.
  • Comfort discussing topics in chemistry and physics.

Work Schedule

The position is for the academic year 2020/21 with 20 hours/week for 9 academic months.

To Apply

Please contact the PI, Ira Caspari, with any questions. To apply, send the following items to the PI, via email (ira.caspari@tufts.edu):

  • 1. A cover letter
  • 2. A curriculum vitae
  • 3. A writing sample
  • 4. Unofficial or official copies of all undergraduate (and if applicable graduate) transcripts
  • 5. A reference with their contact information who are willing to be contacted by the PI

The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in the position and why they are a good fit for the position, based on alignment with the required qualifications and any other desirable qualifications (e.g., past experience relevant to the job responsibilities).

Summer Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU)

For Liberal Arts Institutions

Supported by a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) program provides undergraduate STEM majors, planning to pursue a teaching career in science or seriously interested in exploring such a career, with an immersive summer experience in secondary mathematics or science education. 

Each year, 24 STEM undergraduates selected from a network of 61 liberal arts institutions take part in a 6-week summer program that integrates a mathematics or science pedagogy course with a teaching practicum. Twelve students per summer participate in the mathematics TEU program at Brown University, and 12 participate in the science TEU program at Trinity College.  TEU participants are awarded a stipend ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 depending on whether or not they choose to receive degree credit for the pedagogy course and on the student’s financial aid status at his/her home institution. 

Read more at https://teu.vassar.edu/about/

APPLY – DEADLINES FEB. 28, 2020·