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Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (M.I.N.T.S.) offers a variety of events to engage new teachers in a supportive atmosphere.

Events include collaborative workshops, new-teacher support symposiums, lectures and other professional-development opportunities.

Previous Events and Speakers

  • Empowering Educators: Easing the New-Teacher Transition,
    Nov. 9, 2016 (M.I.N.T.S. Launch Event). Presented by Julia G. Thompson, teacher, author, workshop leader and facilitator & Susan B. Neuman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Make and Take Classroom Resource Workshop, Feb. 25, 2017. Featuring stations and resources in data-collection strategies, sheets and charts; transitions and ice-breakers; and metacognition and reflective learning.
  • Collaborative Learning and Team-Based Approaches Workshop, April 5, 2017. With Jane Parent, Associate Professor of Management, Girard School of Business.
  • Teaching Coding with Robots: From Kindergarten to Career (Root Workshop), April 26, 2017. Presented by Shaileen Pokress, K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Specialist (Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University) & Raphael Cherney, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Scantorial. Co-sponsored by McQuade Library’s STEMsmart grant, M.I.N.T.S. and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.
  • Second Annual New-Teacher Support Symposium, May 6, 2017. Welcome address by Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year and Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Keynote address by Jon Saphier, Founder and President, Research for Better Teaching, Inc. Dynamic breakout sessions including: the influence and benefits of mentorship, movement in the classroom as effective pedagogy, Q&A follow-up session with Jon Saphier, etc.


More Info

Tim LeBel

New Teacher Support Specialist