Educator Professional Development
Northeast STEM Network
The Northeast STEM Network is one of seven partnerships in Massachusetts that addresses the need to increase the number of qualified young people choosing careers in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) fields. As lead partner in the STEM network, our goal is to offer occasions for collaboration and connections with industry professionals to serve area students, teachers and families.
The most visible project of the partnership is the interactive created to support preK-12 teachers and get students and their families excited about opportunities provided by STEM studies. Launched in October 2010, the STEM Matters webzine helps students, educators and families correlate science, technology, engineering and mathematics to exciting real world issues and projects. This includes teacher professional development, connecting students and teachers with industry professionals, and providing resources for families to learn with their children.
Learn how to use STEM matters to enhance your curriculum:
Partnership for Readiness in Math and English (PRIME)
Begun in 2010, the Partnership for Readiness In Math and English (PRIME) collaboration between the University’s Graduate School of Education, UMass Lowell’s English and Math departments, and Lowell and Lawrence public high schools, is intended to give educators tools and information to help their students develop the skills and strategies necessary to do college level work independently. The PRIME project focuses on teacher professional development in two areas critical to college success: reading and writing in math and analytical skills. Participating teachers made a three-year commitment to the program.
Professors support teachers with discussions, classroom observations, demonstration lessons and coaching. An additional professional development opportunity brings together vertical teams of the professors and participating teachers for eight monthly after-school meetings. The focus of the meetings is college and high school curriculum alignment, and the development of college readiness skills.
To learn more about PRIME, contact Judith Boccia.
Since 1997 the monthly Superintendents’ Forum gatherings have given area superintendents the chance to meet to share ideas and concerns on topics of interest to school leaders. Convened by a former school superintendent, the Forum also offers district leaders a chance to tap into UMass Lowell resources. The Superintendents’ Forum meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Office of School Partnerships Conference Room.
To learn more about the Superintendents' Forum please contact David Troughton.