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In September 2002, at the invitation of Nestor Collazo, District Science Curriculum Supervisor, and Science Education Coordinators Frank Botti, Kathy Cosenza, and Madeline Roman, the 30 middle school science teachers from the Paterson (NJ) School District were invited to participate in the field-testing of the Detectives in the Classroom curriculum. To do so they agreed to participate in 5 Detectives' Professional Development Workshops, teach the Detectives' investigations with fidelity, complete assessments of the investigations, and to allow their students to complete a pre- and post-test. Ten teachers volunteered to participate. Two high school teachers also volunteered to participate. All teachers' who volunteered to participate in the field-testing were supported by their principals. The volunteer teachers and their principals are identified below.




Ms. Lucy Mankovich

Ms. Doris Butler

School 4

Ms. Rosa Kopic

Ms Daisy Taylor

School 7

Ms. Debra Falek

Ms Daisy Taylor

School 7

Ms. Lynn Tarant

Dr. Linda Crescione

School 9

Mr. Larry Hurtado

Mr. John Rizzo

School 10

Ms. Mary McClam

Mr. Vince Danzi

School 12

Ms. Donna Kerwien

Mr. Robert Tirri

School 21

Ms. Veva Tronci

Ms. Joann Riviello

School 24

Mr. Carmine Pindilli

Ms. Aurea Rios

School 27

Mr. Mohamed Khairullah

Ms. Gladys Melendez

Build Academy

Mr. Paul Healy

Ms. Isabelle Grassi

HARP Academy

Mr. John Super

Ms. Isabelle Grassi

HARP Academy

In addition, the middle school principals and science teachers at nine other schools agreed to allow their 7th grade science students to complete a pre- and post-test. These teachers and their principals are identified below.




Ms. Shirely Glaubach

Ms. Grisell Hernandez

School 3

Ms. Marg Scillieri

Ms Rosalin Sole

School 5

Ms. Dorothy Kelder

Ms. Marion Rabel

School 8

Ms. Meg Turco

Ms. Paula Santana

School 11

Mr. Charles Ferrer

Mr. Hillburn Sparrow

School 13

Mr. Alan Ruz

Mr. Carlos Ortiz

School 15

Ms. Dorothy Yilmaz

Ms. Darlene Rankin

School 18

Ms. Linda Benson

Ms. Dorothy Rowe

School 26

Ms. Mary Bertino

Dr. Merry Naddeo

Academy for Performing Arts

Detectives in the Classroom
Field Testing Team
October 24, 2002

The ten Field Testing Team science teachers held their first meeting on October 24, 2002, at the Paterson Public Library, and reviewed the six investigations that compose Module 1.

The purpose of the Module 1 investigations is to teach students to answer the Essential Question, "Why are some people getting sick while others are remaining healthy?" and develop the Enduring Understanding, "Clues for formulating hypotheses can be found by describing the way a disease is distributed in a population of people, in terms of person, place and time."

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