Friday, August 21, 2009

PISA Workshop at Stevens for Elementary Science Teachers

Today marked the conclusion of the second 2 week workshop for Hoboken elementary school teachers involved in the PISA program. PISA (Partnership to Improve Student Learning) is an ongoing partnership with 50 teachers from 22 schools from the districts of Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Piscataway, Weehawken, and four non-public schools, together with Stevens Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, and Liberty Science Center, are providing teachers with deeper science content knowledge, research-based professional development, and experience with innovative science and engineering curricula and materials for Grades 3-5. Teachers participate in a dynamic and supportive learning community designed to address topics in key content areas in Grades 3-5 science, engineering, and technology education. Now in its 3rd year, activities will focus on New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards 5.7 (physical science) and 8.2 (technology education).

Hoboken teachers involved in PISA include: Mr. Fagan (Wallace), Ms. Killen (Wallace), Ms. DeGennaro (Connors), Ms. Mitsakos (Wallace), Ms. Ramos (Connors), Ms. Sogluizzo (Connors), Ms. Wingert (Wallace), Ms. Yu (Connors), Ms. Temple (Wallace), and Ms. Phalen (Wallace).

An intensive, two-week summer institute involves teachers in collaborative learning through engagement in problem based learning (PBL), science inquiry, engineering design, foundational learning in core science topics, and the development of a teacher portfolio that uses the PBL framework.

Three professional development days during the school year and monthly classroom visits support teachers as they implement content and materials during the school year.

Assessment of student and teacher learning take place, within participating classrooms and in comparison classrooms.

The Project Director and Principal Investigator for PISA is Ms. Beth McGrath and the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Co-Director is Ms. Mercedes McKay.

Picture: (L-R) Ms. Veronica Ramos, Dr. Anthony Petrosino, Ms. Kelly Sogluizzo, Ms. Francine Yu, Mr. Donald Fagan, Ms. Vanessa Phalen, Ms. Carol Shields (Project Coordinator/Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist) and Mr. Augusto Macalalag (Project Coordinator/Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist)

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