Professional Development

The RSRC is dedicated to providing teachers and administrators with professional development opportunities which increase their understanding of mathematics and science and support their teaching of students. Courses are offered during the summer. Quarterly network meetings provide ongoing opportunities for teachers and administrators to meet and discuss classroom issues during the school year.

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Student Conceptions in Physical Science

             COURSE OFFERINGS                    NETWORK MEETINGS




MTEL Prep Course

The Regional Science Resource Center will be sponsoring a review course designed to help teachers prepare for the high school mathematica portion of the MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure).  The course will be taught by Nancy Swanson, a math teacher and ficilitator retired from Leominster Public Schools.

Dates: Thursdays afterschool from 3:30pm to 6:00pm  for 8 sessions leading up to the May 10, 2014 test date: February 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, and May 8, 2014.  With a snow date on May 8, 2014.

Location: Shrewsbury, MA

Fee: $400.00

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2014

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Classroom Connections

Examining the Intersection of the Standards for Mathematical Content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  A professional development experience designed for Math Coaches, Specialists, and Lead Teachers.  Each grade band session(Elementary, Middle School and High School) will experience two PD modules around important math ideas that will encourage teachers to identify student practices exhibited in written work.  Click on the link (to your right) for more information and registration.

Dates: March 5, 2014 - Middle School Session , March 12, 2014 - Elementary Session, March 26, 2014 - High School Session

Location: Shrewsbury, MA

Fee: $400.00 per session 

Questions?  Contact Wendy Cleaves @ 508-856-5348 or

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DSAC Courses

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is making available a limited amount of professional development to Level 3 districts and schools through its six regionally-based District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs).  The Regional Science Resource Center @ UMass Medical School is an approved vendor for four DSAC mathematics course offerings:

  • Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
  • Increasing Accessibility to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Learners
  • Massachusetts Intel Mathematics Initiative (MIMI)
  • Mathematics Learning Communities (MLC)

Click on the link (to your right) for more information.

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AP Biology

The AP Biology Network was initiated for any interested AP Biology teachers. The meetings, held four times throughout the year, will address interests, questions, and issues of the participating teachers. There is no charge and all teachers, veteran and novice, are invited to join the group.

December 11, 2013  

3:30 - 5PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center

Shrewsbury, MA

AP Chemistry

The AP Chemistry Network meetings address interests, questions, and issues of the teachers participating. There is no charge and all teachers, veteran and novice, are invited to join the group.

January 16, 2014  

3:30 - 5PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center

Shrewsbury, MA

AP Calculus

The AP Calculus Network is facilitated by Pat Scenna, Westborough Public Schools (retired), and Carol Hynes, Leominster Public Schools (retired). Network meetings include opportunities to explore calculus content, find out about updates and changes to the AP exam, and ask questions of facilitators and colleagues. If there are new AP teachers in your district and other districts that you know, please extend an invitation for them to join us. Please feel free to bring along copies of resources you would like to share with the group.

Carol Hynes and Pat Scenna are looking forward to seeing you again!
Please RSVP to Wendy Cleaves if you are planning to attend.

May 22, 2014

3:30 - 5:30PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center

Shrewsbury, MA


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Wendy Cleaves

Karin Spahl Lebeau