Engaging New Teachers
From workshops to symposia to lectures, MINTS offers a variety of events to engage new teachers in a supportive atmosphere.
Upcoming MINTS Workshops: Fall 2019
MINTS 2019-2020 Inclusive Classroom Workshop Series 1 of 5:
Academic Conversations with English Language Learners
Academic conversations motivate students and foster engagement. During paired conversations, students engage in listening and speaking at increasingly complex levels of discourse. Workshop participants will brainstorm ideas for anchor charts with sentence frames and prompts, create a well-crafted prompt, participate in discussions, and analyze video recordings of students’ language production using rubrics and other tools. This approach aligns with culturally responsive teaching practices.
Sara Hamerla, Ed.D.
Thursday, September 19th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Crowe Hall 107
Integrating Children’s Literature in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics
An overview of the importance of providing context in mathematics will be given, with discussion related to the use of children’s literature in the classroom as well as at home. We will explore current research related to the benefits of incorporating children’s literature, and end with an opportunity for teachers to work with their peers to select relevant grade-level texts and generate lesson ideas.
Rena Stroud, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Crowe Hall 107
MINTS 2019-2020 Inclusive Classroom Workshop Series 2 of 5:
Mindfulness for Educators
Come learn about living in the present moment! Research finds that educators who practice mindfulness have demonstrated reduced stress and burnout, reported greater efficacy in doing their jobs, and had more emotionally supportive and better organized classrooms.
Educators that teach mindfulness to their students help children have better focus and concentration, improved self regulation, compassionate attitudes and behavior, and decreased stress, anxiety, and depression. Creating a mindful community is beneficial to all students, including those with ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities.
Participants will learn about starting their own personal practicMe and integrating it into their classrooms. Start living in the moment!
Stephanie Letourneau, M.Ed.
Thursday, November 7th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Crowe Hall 107
Joining Digital Resources and Traditional Texts to Expand Opportunities for Literacy Learning
Participants will learn about evidence-based practices for meaningfully integrating technology into their literacy instruction. Examples of lesson plans and digital resources will be shared for exploration. A limited number of iPads will be available. Participants are also encouraged to bring a mobile device (e.g., tablet, smartphone).
Lisa O’Brien, Ed.D.
Thursday, December 12th 4:00pm-6:00pm
Crowe Hall 107
Previous Events and Speakers
Empowering Educators: Easing the New-Teacher Transition
Nov. 9, 2016 (MINTS Launch Event). Presented by Julia G. Thompson, teacher, author, workshop leader and facilitator, and 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.
This year, we are excited to offer a five-part Inclusive Classroom series! This series will occur in September, November, February, March, and May.