November 19th, 2012
CTSC is proud to announce that it will work with 14 urban schools across New York City and Yonkers Public Schools to provide professional development and support to educators in teaching STEM subjects more effectively. Elementary and middle school teachers (grades 2 – 8) will work with CTSC professional developers to build STEM-related content knowledge while also incorporating multiple research-based instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students.
The Center will be addressing four key STEM areas:
- core mathematics and science concepts based on New York State Learning and Assessment Standards, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and the emerging Next Generation Science Standards;
- the design of interactive, student-centered projects that involve engineering, problem-based performance tasks and solutions;
- use of technology to enhance math and science and create equitable learning environments; and,
- use of formative assessment and data analysis to better understand student knowledge and skills.
The Center’s situated, professional development will engage teachers in project-based learning and provide follow-up support in the classroom. Teachers will participate in summer STEM institutes, monthly after-school professional development sessions, and web-based community learning meetings. Principals and administrators will be invited to professional development sessions, led by CTSC, to explore strategies to support their teachers in the design and implementation of hands-on STEM projects for students.
This three-year program uniquely addresses all four STEM areas by engaging strong partners who have specific content and pedagogical expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. TLQP partners include STEM educators and experts at Teachers College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University, and Bank Street College.