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NY STEM Year-Three PD 

 Academic Year 2014:

Contents: 

  1. Advanced Coursework in STEM Program Overview
  2. PD Calendar with Session Registration Links
  3. Online Workshop Descriptions

Advanced Coursework in STEM Program Overview

The New York State Education Department in partnership with the College Board and in alignment with the New York City Department of Education is pleased to announce the commencement of the third and final year of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Professional Development Program.  This rigorous training provides teachers with advanced pedagogical skills to increase student learning and academic achievement in the STEM content areas.

Various opportunities for ensuring all participants are able to complete required training will be available throughout the duration of the academic year and the summer of 2014.  Program offerings are a blend of face-to-face and online professional development through August 31, 2014. Participation will promote a rigorous, academic-focused culture and enhance teachers’ knowledge, skills, and ability to prepare students for college and careers

All of the workshops are provided at no cost to schools and teachers and count toward a minimum of 70 hours of Continuing Education Units and toward salary differentials for those who complete only the required course of learning.  Throughout the entirety of the program a total of 13.4 CEU hours will have been offered.

All incurred travel or lodging expenses for attending the workshops are the responsibility of the district or the individual. Breakfast and/or lunch are served at all sessions.

Calendar and Registration Links

* = Make-up Session Offerings.  Attend only if you have not already completed. – Consult your latest Report Card if you are not certain.

** = Required Hours

Face to Face Offerings (please see the Program Overview Page for Face-to-Face Workshop Descriptions)

Year 2:  Strategies in Mathematics/Science**Register Here

      • MT, April 21 –  22, 2014 (Last Offering)*

Year 3:  Setting the Cornerstones/Sustainability Action Plans**(Please check each link for actual locations and register only once).

Online Offerings Register Here
Within a week of registering, you will receive an email from Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) providing you with a link to the e-Classroom login page, along with a username and password to login. Please check your SPAM folders in case your emails are automatically filtered. If you have checked your SPAM folders and still have not yet received an email, please contact us at NYSTEM@collegeboard.org and provide us with a secondary email address.

As a participant in the program, you will be granted access to all offered online professional development courses accessible from the KDS e-Classroom. There is no need to “drop” courses that are not in your academic discipline. Just disregard courses for which you have no interests. You will be notified when new courses are released and have the opportunity to participate in as many hours beyond the required minimum 8 online seat/clock hours, as you wish.  Please note you only receive credit hours for courses you complete.

See below for courses and planned release dates (subject to change):

STEM area

Title

Type

Anticipated Release Month

Science

AP Chemistry: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs

Self-paced

Available now

Math

Using Technology to Support the Goals of AP Calculus

Self-paced

Available now

Math & Science

Engineering Principles for High School

Self-paced

Available now

Math & Science

Engineering Principles for Middle School

Self-paced

Available now

Science

Interdisciplinary Selection S1:

Air-Sea-Land Interactions and their Effects on Global Climate

Self-paced

Available now

Math

Interdisciplinary Selection M1:

AP Statistics: Probability and Random Variables

Self-paced

Available now

Science

Interdisciplinary Selection S2: 

Guided Strategies for AP Physics 1 and 2 Lab Investigation

Self-paced

Available now

Math

Interdisciplinary Selection M2:

AP Statistics: Inference

Self-paced

Available now

Math

Interdisciplinary Selection
M3 & M4:

Common Core in Mathematics: Instructional Shifts for Effective Implementation

   Self-paced Available now

Science

Interdisciplinary Selection S3 & S4: (TBD)

Self-paced

Winter 2015

AP Chemistry: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs

Inquiry-based labs allow students to engage in science practices that require them to think and act like scientists. The focus in AP Chemistry is shifting from content coverage — breadth — toward enduring understandings and scientific reasoning skills — depth. This online course will provide AP Chemistry teachers with a means to understand inquiry and its place in the classroom. Participants will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and investigate a system they can use to modify traditional labs to make them inquiry based. In addition, they will have an opportunity to plan how they will transition their curriculum and laboratory environment to focus on inquiry. Participants will obtain the ability to confidently create inquiry-based labs for immediate use in their classrooms.

Using Technology to Support the Goals of AP Calculus

This online course investigates the use of graphing technology to develop the mathematical practices and skills necessary for success in AP Calculus. Technology offers students the opportunity to explore mathematical ideas in ways that allow them to better understand core calculus concepts. This online course will provide teachers with practice lessons in which technology supports deeper conceptual understanding by students and facilitates more effective instructional approaches within the classroom. Participants will gain and strengthen the ability to adapt their current classroom curriculum with graphing technology to help students meet the goals of AP Calculus.

Engineering Principles for High School

Engineering Principles for High School is a 6-hour training series focused on providing educators with the tools and perspectives to integrate STEM principles and the design process into their classroom instruction.  Throughout the training, educators will become active participants in the STEM education conversation by investigating STEM initiatives and stakeholder perspectives. Educators will be able to identify opportunities for introducing real-world problem-solving scenarios in the classroom, integrate STEM principles into instructional practice, and guide students as they address problems using the engineering design process.

Engineering Principles for Middle School

Engineering Principles for Middle School is a 6-hour training series focused on providing educators with the tools and perspectives to integrate STEM principles and the design process into their classroom instruction.  Throughout the training, educators will become active participants in the STEM education conversation by investigating STEM initiatives and stakeholder perspectives. Educators will be able to identify opportunities for introducing real-world problem-solving scenarios in the classroom, integrate STEM principles into instructional practice, and guide students as they address problems using the engineering design process.

INTERDISCIPLINARY SELECTION – SCIENCE

S1: Air-Sea-Land Interactions and their Effects on Global Climate

This course examines how the Earth operates within, and as part of, a series of interconnected air, sea, and land systems; changes in one system can have global ramifications. The naturally occurring phenomena known as El Niño and La Niña, provides specific examples of the resulting alterations that can occur in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Participants will gain and strengthen their ability to study the earth from a systems perspective and guide student understanding of air-land-sea interaction.

S2: Guided Strategies for AP Physics 1 and 2 Lab Investigations

This course is designed to help science educators understand the importance and rationale of laboratory work in AP Physics, be able to differentiate the key components of traditional versus inquiry labs, apply strategies for modification of traditional labs into inquiry versions, plan student-directed laboratory investigations, identify laboratory strategies related to data collection, data analysis and effective communication of experimental results, and design and implement rubrics for assessment of performance in labs.

INTERDISCIPLINARY SELECTION – MATH

M1: Probability and Random Variables

This course presents the fundamental concepts of probability and random variables and their connections with statistics.  We will address the fundamental notions of the mathematical and frequentist definitions of probability, and the law of large numbers.  The fundamental algebraic rules of probability will be presented: ORs, ANDs, and IFs.   Bayes’ Rule and its place in elementary probability will be examined.   The use of these ideas in AP Statistics and the Common Core will be illustrated with “real world” examples.  The basic concepts and calculations for discrete random variables will be illustrated.

M2: AP Statistics: Inference

This course introduces some key concepts that teachers and students must master in order to understand subtleties that arise when studying infinite series. This approach will reduce the anxiety surrounding the teaching and learning of infinite series topics. The focus is on necessary background and some introductory series topics in the AP Calculus BC Course Description. Participants will gain new ideas and activities that will help them in the study of infinite series.

M3 & M4: Common Core in Mathematics: Instructional Shifts for Effective Implementation

The Common Core State Standards originated in 2010 and have been adopted by the majority of states across the country. The Standards aim to increase the rigor of instruction for all students in order to adequately prepare them for success in college and career. In this course, educators will explore The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) in grades 9-12 to understand the purpose for the Standards, the foundations of the Standards, what students are expected to understand, know, and be able to do, and how this will impact teachers’ approach to instruction. The course will address the combination of content standards and Mathematical Practice standards, the three shifts in emphasis and organization, and how these shifts will impact classroom practice. Through readings and classroom videos, participants will gain a foundational understanding of The Standards and their application. Participants will become informed educators who can implement the standards with fidelity in their school or district.

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