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The Thornton Burgess Society
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Massachusetts Cultural Council

Educator Programs


Educator workshops are conducted by Burgess Society Education Director Mary Beers, who is a Massachusetts DOE Professional Development Provider. A certificate of completion is given for each workshop below.

Weathering and Erosion for Elementary Grades
Come explore how Earth’s materials are formed, shaped and relocated using easy to understand hands-on classroom-ready activities.  Be prepared for indoor and outdoor explorations. Register for either of the following sessions.

Saturday, Oct. 15 8:30am-12:30pm FEE: $25

Project WILD Aquatic: Exploring Adaptations for Survival
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.  Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Join Society Education Director and WILD Facilitator, Mary Beers, for this 6-hour workshop. Participants receive the WILD curriculum guide. Egister for either of the following sessions.

Saturday, Nov. 12 8:30am-3:00pm FEE: $35

2016 Summer Professional Development Institute
for Grades 3-8 Educators

Using Science and Engineering Design Practices to Engage
Your Students In Inquiry-Based Learning.


Movers and Shakers: Exploring Earth Science
and Curriculum Frameworks in the
Coastal and Marine Environment
July 11-15


What makes the flora, fauna and geology of Cape Cod unique? How does its natural history set it apart from the rest of Massachusetts? Spend a week exploring the geological and topographical features of the Cape and investigating the earth science concepts that are relevant to the Cape’s distinctive coastal environment. Uncover evidence of Cape Cod’s glacial history and examine landforms, sub-surface topography and changing coastlines to understand and explain its current but changing landscape. Learn and practice core sampling
techniques in a tidal marsh before returning to the lab to analyze soil layers that will provide a look back through geological time.  Locate and examine kettle holes, learn how they form, and identify the plant and animal species that depend on them for survival. Visit science laboratories in Woods Hole and witness some of the science and engineering practices and instruments involved in studying the ocean processes. Tour a marine animal hospital and examine how Cape Cod’s unique geology impacts the biological communities in the region. Over the course of the institute, gain experience with using the Science and Engineering Practices to create exciting inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on, interdisciplinary STEM investigations for your classroom. Engage with earth science to see what really makes the arm of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, unique.

Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton Burgess Society, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Course Dates: July 11-15 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm);
Half Day Introductory Session June 18;    Half Day Fall Callback November 5
Registration Fee: $350/participant; $325/participant for team of 2 or more teachers
from the same school district
PDPs and Graduate Credit: Cambridge College (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs; $150),
Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs; $225); 40 PDPs available without
graduate credit. PDPs and graduate credit will be awarded after participation in the
Fall Callback.
Participate in content and skill development sessions taught by professional
educators and scientists at each collaborating partner organization. Daily
activities include indoor inquiry-based classroom experiences and outdoor field
experiences. Take home investigations you can use in your classroom and a
collection of teaching resources and field trip ideas!
• Learn how to present the Science and Engineering Practices to your
students and how they relate to science inquiry.
• Explore STEM resources in your community.
• Get ready to meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering
• Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the
Kathy Zagzebski
President & Executive Director
National Marine Life Center
Brianna Wilkinson
Assistant Education Director
Museum Institute for Teaching Science
For more information contact:
Visit www.mits.org for more info on this and MITS
Professional Development Institutes in other regions
and to register online.








Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537