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Science and Math Workshops

Workshops

Workshops held at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning
8:30am – 2:30pm | 5.5 PD Hrs. | Cost: $150 *unless otherwise noted*

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February 27
MATH: Teaching for Understanding Decimals: Content knowledge, instruction, and assessment Grades 4-6
This session will help participants address the difficulties that students have with decimals. This session will help participants address the difficulties that students have with decimals. We will first explore how to introduce decimals to students so that learning becomes meaningful and connects to their existing understanding of place value using concrete manipulative.
Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou
February 28 (Wait List)
NGSS: Beyond the Basics, Grades 6-12
Are you looking for ways to more effectively incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your science instruction? Do you wish to make your science classroom more student-centered? This six-hour workshop will review the foundation of the standards: the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations. Participants will then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons; construct explanations and argumentations for the phenomena using CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) and POE (Prediction-Observation-Explanation); explore the value of student-generated models to represent ideas. Participants will receive resources in the form of lessons, handouts, ready-to-use activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake
March 10
Bringing the Maker Movement to School: Make Something that Does Something Using Circuits, gr K-5
In this open-ended maker project, participants will build new understandings of circuitry through a hands-on experience to making something. Multiple materials will be available including “Little Bits, Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits.” Examine a variety of student work, classroom videos, and articles to develop strategies to bring the Maker Experience to your students.
Facilitator: Jean Myers
March 20
“Who stole the chocolate?” NGSS-aligned CSI for Elementary Students
Experience first-hand a Crime Scene Investigation that you can take back directly to your young detectives using simple materials. Be a detective and learn how to solve crimes by collecting evidence and analyzing it in labs activities. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, and curriculum unit, and resources to support your students’ work.
Facilitator: Jean Myers
March 27
NGSS-aligned Engineering Challenges, grades K-5
Participate in an engineering design challenge based on NGSS Engineering Practice. Experience first-hand the engineering design process and learn about several practical examples of classroom-tested elementary engineering challenges. Examine hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary engineering challenges, from river erosion prevention, ice cube keeper, to an alarm device. Learn strategies to develop engineering challenges that you can embed in your curriculum. Take home differentiated notebook templates and access online pre-designed unit and engineering resources.
Facilitator: Jean Myers
March 31 NOTE (9:30 – 3:30) Fee $170 – kit included.
Invention with Makey Makey. Grades K-12.
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as the input device for a computer. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and learn to experiment with it as they start to learn coding. Time and resources will be provided to plan projects. The kit included in the fee will get you started in many creative ways, in planning lesson enrichments, helping students think as inventors, and seeking ideas from the rich national community websites of Makey Makey users. Registration limited to 20.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis
April 24 (9:30 – 2:30)
Frogs and Friends Help Us Spring into Life Science. Grades 2-6.
New Jersey amphibians provide phenomena and local natural history that are engaging entrees into lessons about life cycles, life history, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems, embryonic development, conservation, sustainability, and more. Native frogs, toads, pollywogs, salamanders, newts, and efts offer a biodiversity in New Jersey that will create lasting impressions. Time and resources will be provided for lesson planning.
Follow up will be available in a free field trip for those who have never experienced a local frog chorus in full throat. Date to be determined by frogs and weather.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis
May 1 (9:30 -2:30)
Dead Things & Decomposers. Grades 5-10.
Explore the dark side of food webs, often called the “brown food web,” inhabited by decomposers and their helpers. How are dead organisms broken down and made to “disappear” by the organisms that help prepare components of living things for the amazing work of the almost invisible decomposers? As we trace the actions and roles of fungi and bacteria, the biogeochemical cycles will take on fuller meaning. The world of mycorrhizal fungi is one of symbiotic relationships and secret lives that are critical to ecosystems. Explore how the forensic studies of criminologists helped illuminate the process of decomposition as it is used in murder investigations. Time and resources will be provided for lesson planning.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis
May 5
MATH: Integrating mathematics with Scratch programming I
This is the first of two sessions where we will explore Scratch programming and how it can be used in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Exploit the power of programming and computational thinking for making mathematics phenomenal! No previous experience with Scratch programming is needed.
Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou
May 7
MATH: Integrating mathematics with Scratch programming II
This is the second of two sessions where we will explore Scratch programming and how it can be used in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Exploit the power of programming and computational thinking for making mathematics phenomenal! It is suggested that participants take session “Integrating mathematics with Scratch programming I” prior to attending this session if they have no previous experience with Scratch programming.
Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou

May 8
DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION; Keep ALL students ENGAGED_It’s Not as Hard as You Think! Grades 3-5
HAVE FUN, LEARN, and LEAVE WITH A WEALTH OF RESOURCES TO USE NOW! Learn ways for students to look forward to math class and be successful with NJSLS standards.In today’s world, math teachers in particular, are faced with new challenges. How can you meet the demands of students with diverse abilities and needs in the same class? During this session you will apply the latest research; experience a wide range of successful activities and resources, have time to collaborate, and leave with a variety of practical material and strategies to meet your needs and the needs of all students. Included will be differentiated strategies and activities for warm-ups, investigations, practice, review and homework. Using multi-formatted tasks, designed to meet today’s expectations, you will help students learn and demonstrate their understandings different ways. *** Participants should each bring a laptop or tablet for easy access to resources. ***Facilitator: Judith Brendel

May 12
STEM Workshop: Integrating mathematics with science and technology Grades 5-8
Learn how you can make mathematics meaningful to students through an integration with science and technology. In this interactive session we will explore integrated STEM tasks and engaging interactive simulations that you can use in your math and science classrooms!
Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou
May 14 DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION; Keep ALL students ENGAGED_It’s Not as Hard as You Think! Grades 9-11
HAVE FUN, LEARN, and LEAVE WITH A WEALTH OF RESOURCES TO USE NOW! Learn ways for students to look forward to math class and be successful with NJSLS standards.In today’s world, math teachers in particular, are faced with new challenges. How can you meet the demands of students with diverse abilities and needs in the same class? During this session you will apply the latest research; experience a wide range of successful activities and resources, have time to collaborate, and leave with a variety of practical material and strategies to meet your needs and the needs of all students.Included will be differentiated strategies and activities for warm-ups, investigations, practice, review and homework. Using multi-formatted tasks, designed to meet today’s expectations, you will help students learn and demonstrate their understandings different ways. *** Participants should each bring a laptop or tablet for easy access to resources. ***
Facilitator:Judith Brendel
May 15 (9:30 – 3:30) Fee $170 – kit provided.
Invention with Makey Makey. Grades K-12.
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as the input device for a computer. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and learn to experiment with it as they start to learn coding. Time and resources will be provided to plan projects. The kit included in the fee will get you started in many creative ways, in planning lesson enrichments, helping students think as inventors, and seeking ideas from the rich national community websites of Makey Makey users.Registration limited to 20. (It’s helpful to take the Scratch workshop on May 5, but not required.)
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis
May 20 (9:30- 2:30)
The Mystery of the Jumbo Jet-Set Birds. Grades 4-8.
Explore plate tectonics through puzzles in biogeography and geology. Emus, ostriches, and rheas provide evidence for argumentation and further inquiry in Earth Science standards. Likewise, how do flying squirrels in New Jersey shed light on understanding the geological history of North America? Enliven earth science studies with the puzzles of species distributions and geological anomalies, guided by an expert in biogeography and flying squirrels. Time and resources will be provided for lesson planning.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis
May 21
DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION; Keep ALL students ENGAGED_It’s Not as Hard as You Think! Grades 6-8
HAVE FUN, LEARN, and LEAVE WITH A WEALTH OF RESOURCES TO USE NOW! Learn ways for students to look forward to math class and be successful with NJSLS standards.In today’s world, math teachers in particular, are faced with new challenges. How can you meet the demands of students with diverse abilities and needs in the same class? During this session you will apply the latest research; experience a wide range of successful activities and resources, have time to collaborate, and leave with a variety of practical material and strategies to meet your needs and the needs of all students.Included will be differentiated strategies and activities for warm-ups, investigations, practice, review and homework. Using multi-formatted tasks, designed to meet today’s expectations, you will help students learn and demonstrate their understandings different ways. *** Participants should each bring a laptop or tablet for easy access to resources. ***
Facilitator: Judith Brendel

 

Contact PRISM
Location:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1515 Broad St, Bldg B, 2nd Floor, Room 2103, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003

Register for Workshops

NGSS Assessment Design: Three Day Institutes
  • $3000 for a team of 2-4 persons for all 3 days (Add team members at $450 per person.)
  • 8:30am – 3:00pm, 18 PD hours.
  • May 14, 21 and 28, 2020

    This program best serves district teams that seek to change their assessment practices and support ongoing work to turnkey the change process in their districts. The focus will be on the 5th-grade Performance Expectations for Ecosystem Interactions (5-LS2-1) and Earth Systems (5-ESS2-1) with emphasis on the crosscutting concept “Systems and Systems Thinking.” Activities will deepen understanding of the content and practices, especially Models and Modeling, which is the practice that drives this portion of the 5th-grade curriculum and assessment.  During the three days of mentored collaboration, teams will:

     

    • Deepen understanding of what phenomenon-focused, three-dimensional assessments look like.  They will experience how the assessment design process results in plans that align with the vision of the NJ state science standards.
    • Create locally-relevant unit blueprints that are phenomenon-based, and meld practices with disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts, as a basis for assessment tasks.
    • Collaborate to dissect sample assessments and design your own test specifications to create a summative assessment, rubrics, and a student checklist for your unit.

    Facilitator:  Jacalyn Willis, Ph.D., Director of PRISM

Contact PRISM
Location:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning
In-District Science Workshops and Coaching from PRISM

PRISM provides in-district K-12 science workshops and coaching experiences in standards-based teaching and pedagogy that are tailored to each district’s needs and curriculum. Contact our consultants to design a program that addresses your district’s issues and concerns about teaching to the NJ state standards as they embrace the NGSS. District teams attending three-day institutes are prepared to take leadership in the design of NGSS-style assessments and curriculum. In-class coaches are available to work with individual teachers as needed.

Typical in-service topics have included:

Our facilitators and coaches are experienced working both in districts and with the NGSS.

Contact PRISM
Location:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1515 Broad St, Bldg B, 2nd Floor, Room 2103, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003

Workshop cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


About the Facilitators

Dr. Jacalyn Willis, director of PRISM and research biologist, is a member of the NJ State Leadership Team that advised the NJDOE and the governor on the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). She has been a participant in national trainings in NGSS-aligned curriculum development, as well as trainings in teaching pedagogical practices crucial to implementation of the NGSS. The PRISM team has been closely involved in the development of the NGSS and the design of effective PD that follows on 12 years of US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership programs and National Science Foundation initiatives directed by Dr. Willis.

Owen Ambrose is a special education biology and chemistry instructor at Montclair High School (last 10 years) with a master’s degree in special education and is highly qualified in science. He is a Wipro Science Education Fellow, a Creativity in Math and Science advisory board member and Montclair school district teacher of the year (2014).

Lori Clerkin Carrubba holds a BA in elementary education from Purdue University and an MSLS from Kean University. Lori has been a STEM Professional Development provider since 1994, teacher of the year recipient for 2015 and a long time participant in our Rainforest Connection in Panama.

Mary Hall holds a BS in both biology and elementary education. Mary has designed and written 8th-grade curriculum as well as designed and taught many new units over the past 23 years in Paramus. Mary is a Wipro Science Education fellow and has participated in our Rainforest Connection. She is also a professional development facilitator for the NGSS. and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Christopher Hunninghake has been working in the field of education for 30 years. After earning a BA in biology from the University of Virginia, Christopher taught a variety of science courses in both public and private schools in New Jersey. He then earned an MA in educational administration from Rider University and began serving as a high school building administrator and science/math supervisor. Christopher then obtained a Teacher of the Handicapped certificate and returned to the classroom teaching science to students with special needs.

Joanne Kornoelje started teaching science after 20+ years in business. Having now taught middle school science for 16 years, Joanne’s teaching style is rooted in the discovery method, where students act as scientists. Asking questions, gathering data, developing evidence-based conclusions and defending them were a regular part of the class environment.  This approach is a natural fit with the NGSS where the science practices are an integral part of the standards. Joanne holds a BA in English and theater from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and an MA in environmental education from Montclair State University.

Dr. Eliza Leszczynski is a mathematics teacher educator in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montclair State University.  She is currently a coordinator of mathematics teacher education activities,  supervisor of mathematics teacher interns, coordinator of departmental assessment activities and a director of Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics programs at Montclair State.  She has been teaching mathematics content and mathematics education courses for K-6, middle grades and secondary prospective and practicing teachers for 18 years.  Eliza holds BS and MS degrees in mathematics, with concentration in mathematics education, and an EdD in mathematics education.

Dr. Katrina Macht holds an EdD in pedagogy and an MA in environmental studies from Montclair State University. Katrina is a sixth grade science and English teacher in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District and consultant to PRISM at Montclair State University. She is a curriculum specialist, nationally recognized for her expertise in environmental education, scientific inquiry, integration of science and literacy and service-learning. For the past several years she has worked with PRISM to link scientists in the field to classrooms throughout the United States by way of interactive video broadcasts.

Anna Mazzaro holds a BA in education and an MA in bilingual education and is an educator with more than 22 years of experience as a teacher and professional developer. She has been involved in teacher training with teachers in the United States and other countries outside the United States. As a professional developer, she provides science training and mentoring teachers for grades K-8. Anna has had a leading role in our Rainforest Connection for many years.

Jean Myers has been teaching science for 35 years, beginning in a rural school while in the Peace Corps in Kenya, then in inner-city New York and suburban New Jersey. She has worked with high school and elementary students, engaging them in inquiry-based practice of doing science and making authentic discoveries with evidence based in student-generated data. Jean holds a BA in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College, MA in teaching secondary science education from Teachers College, MEd in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College and supervisory certification from Montclair State University.

Kristen Scrivens holds an MS and has taught grades K-2. Kristen is a Wipro Science Education fellow who has presented at NSTA conferences and was awarded Bergen County Educators Association Teacher of the Year 2013, with numerous grants, including the National Gardening Association Aerogarden grants and the Bergen County Utilities Authority.

Catalina Villasuso has been teaching grades K-5 in public education for 27 years. Caty holds a master’s in elementary ed and is certified for grades K-8, K-12+ world language (Spanish), K-8 bilingual/bicultural, K-12+ESL and supervisory certification.

Karen Woodruff is currently pursuing her PhD in teacher education and teacher development. Karen is a STEM professional development specialist with 15 years of experience in K-12 education. As a teacher educator, she serves as a director for the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project. Karen holds a BA in environmental science and an MA in secondary science in technology-based teacher education.

Dr. Nicole Panorkou holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montclair State University. She teaches mathematics content courses to prospective K-8 teachers and engages in extensive work in local schools, including providing professional development to inservice teachers and supporting collaborative research projects. Her research focuses on student learning of geometry, algebra and rational number reasoning and on the ways that technology and modeling can foster the utility of mathematical concepts.

Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email prism@montclair.edu