Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Exploring the Relationship between Secondary Science Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge and Knowledge of Student Conceptions While Teaching Evolution by Natural Selection (Lucero, Petrosino, and Delgado 2016)

Saint Ann Church- Feast Day- July 26, 2016

Dear Drs. Lucero, Petrosino, and Delgado,

It is a pleasure to accept your revised manuscript, JRST-2016-03-0110.R1, titled "Exploring the Relationship between Secondary Science Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge and Knowledge of Student Conceptions While Teaching Evolution by Natural Selection" in its current form for publication in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Thank you, Ms. Nelys Moyeno

The following is excerpted from a link to the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council---- the wonderful work that Ms. Moyeno has done over the years is considerable and noteworthy. All the best to her as she approached retirement. -Dr. Petrosino

Ms. Nelys Moyeno is an amazing public servant who has been meeting the needs of children and their families in the Hoboken Public School (HPS) district since 2007 as the Community and Parent Involvement Specialist. Nelys, affectionately known as Nellie, is often the first point of contact for family members inquiring about the Early Childhood Education Program. Nellie welcomes all community members with warmth and sincerity, never hesitating to field questions and offer reassurances regarding our youngest learners. What ultimately motivates her is ensuring that Hoboken’s children are receiving the best possible placement and educational experiences possible. You can see this firsthand as Nellie greets the children at the Joseph F. Brandt School with a big smile on her face and generous hugs.
Nellie was born at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City and is a lifelong resident of Hoboken. Nellie grew up in a family with three siblings. Her mother, Rose, worked in a coat factory and her father, Angelo, was a longshoreman. Nellie’s parents had a profound impact on her by instilling a deep sense of service to the community. Nellie learned the importance of faith from them and has passed along this tradition to her own children and grandchildren.

She worked for the Hoboken Board of Education, first in the Bilingual Department and later as the Parent and Community Involvement Specialist. In this capacity, Nellie helped to place children in the Early Childhood Education Program. She also engaged the community by organizing various family workshops, an effort deeply appreciated by the Hoboken Public School guardians and parents. She further encouraged parental and community involvement as a Co-Chair for the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council (HECAC), an advisory group that supports the Early Childhood Education Program.

Nellie was a trailblazer in city government, opening up doors for women to take on leadership positions in Hoboken. Nellie served on City Council for eight years as an At-Large member and was elected as Council President in her last two years of service. Nellie was the first Hispanic woman to serve in this position. This was a true milestone for our mile square city and a great honor for Nellie’s family and the Hispanic community. Nellie is proud to have been part of a legislative body that improved the quality of life for Hoboken residents and for forging a path for more women to get involved in local government.

Nellie Moyeno is a thoughtful and caring staff member from the Hoboken Public School District who deserves recognition for her tireless efforts. She has truly lived up to these inspirational words: “You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.” Please help us in wishing Nellie a wonderful retirement by thanking her for her service to the community.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Marie Pepe-- Legendary Hoboken Little League Player Who Helped Change Sports in America

HOBOKEN — If you don't know Maria Pepe, you probably haven't had a girl in your life who wanted to play Little League. As a tween, Pepe tried out for — and made — a Hoboken Little League baseball team in the 1970s, before learning that it was against Little League rules for a girl to play, and Hoboken could lose its Little League charter. The adults initiated a legal battle on her behalf, and in 1974, when Pepe was too old to play Little League, girls were allowed to play on Little League teams.
Pepe was honored Saturday in Hoboken for being a trailblazer, and the Little League batting cages at 5th Street and Hudson Avenue were named in her honor.
There was a ceremony, in which Pepe, her former coach James Farina, the former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer gave speeches. Then, a sign was unveiled with Pepe's likeness and the tagline "Trailblazer For Girls in Little League Baseball."
Already, Pepe's baseball cap is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, officials said, and it was high time for a local commendation.
While Pepe, the city's assistant comptroller, became teary eyed considering the honor and the accomplishment, she insisted that she "just wanted to play" baseball.
"My parents taught me in life what matters is how you play the game, not how many homeruns you hit," she said in her speech, as she sniffled. "What you do is measured in how it impacts others."

Hoboken Honors Maria PepeHoboken unveiled a sign in Pepe's honor April 16, 2016. After the unveiling, Pepe and others reflected on the importance of what she did, opening the door for girls in Little League. (Laura Herzog / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Today, several girls play on the Hoboken Little League teams. Millions have played Little League around the world since 1974, according to the Little League Organization.
Among Hoboken's former Little League players is Tori Bravo, a 14-year-old Hoboken student who now plays baseball.
"I wouldn't be playing baseball without (Pepe)... so I'm really grateful," Bravo said.
NOW's former president Judith Weis, who worked in the 1970s to get the Little League organization to change its rules, said experts were brought in during hearings to block the change. One of whom insisted that little girls' bones were "more likely to break," she said incredulously.
After having coached several Hoboken Little League female players, one of Hoboken's Little League coaches said that in his experience, the girls have been some of the best members of the team.
"Girls of that age take instruction better, and almost as importantly, they're quite a bit of a calming influence in the dugout," said coach Scott Jandora.
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Maria Pepe (born 1960) is best known for being one of the first girls to play Little League baseball. In 1972, at age 12, she pitched three Little League games for a Young Democrats team in Hoboken, New Jersey.
This was the same team which her friends from the neighborhood had joined, so she joined as well, after having been invited to play by Little League coach Jim Farina. Pepe was asked to leave the team after the Little League "threatened to revoke Hoboken's charter." The refusal to allow Pepe to play attracted the attention of the National Organization for Women (NOW). 
A court case began on Pepe's behalf, which was supported by NOW. Ultimately the New Jersey Superior Court decided that Little League must allow girls to try out. As a result, the Little League organization began a program specifically for girls starting in 1974.
Pepe became a minor celebrity and drew media attention to various women's causes at the time. The New York Yankees made her an honorary "Yankee for a day". 
In 2004 she lent her glove and hat to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[3] On August 20, 2004 she was also honored by Little League Baseball by being asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the 2004 Little League World Series in South Williamsport. 
In 2005 she attended a ceremony for Little League perfect game pitcher Kathleen Brownell who was being honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York

NY Times (1976) permission needed 
NY Times (1974) permission needed "Girls applaud ruling"

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Petrosino, Anthony Curriculum Vitae

  In the United StatesCanadaAustralia and India, a curriculum vitae (CV) is a comprehensive document used in academic circles and medical careers that elaborates on education, publications, and other achievements. A CV contains greater detail than a résumé, a shorter summary which is more often used in applications for jobs, but it is often expected that professionals use a short CV that highlights the current focus of their academic lives and not necessarily their full history. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

To do better in school experts say children should exercise their bodies as well as their brains-

That’s the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids.
“Physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth,” according to a new consensus statement published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
What’s more, exercise and fitness “are beneficial to brain structure, brain function and cognition,” the experts concluded.
The group of 24 researchers from the United States, Canada and Europe came up with this advice after poring over the latest scientific and medical research on the benefits of exercise in kids ages 6 to 18. The experts, from a variety of disciplines, gathered in Copenhagen this spring to assess the value of all kinds of exercise, including recess and physical education classes in school, organized youth sports leagues and old-fashioned outdoor play.
Though all of these activities take kids out of the classroom or away from their homework, they are still a good investment in academic achievement, the consensus statement says. Even a single break for moderate-intensity exercise can boost “brain function, cognition and scholastic performance,” according to the statement.
The benefits also extend to the psychological and social realm, the experts wrote. Exercise will clear their heads, help them make friends, and help them feel more confident around their peers as well as coaches and other adults.
Any kind of exercise is valuable, but goal-oriented activities provide extra benefits, the experts found. Among other things, they promote “life skills” and “core values” like respect and social responsibility, they wrote in the statement.
Not surprisingly, exercise – whether it comes in the form of a tennis lesson, soccer tournament, family hike or bike ride to school – also boosts physical health. Kids with good heart and lung function and strong muscles are less likely to develop chronic conditions like diabetes and coronary artery disease as adults, the experts noted.
All of these are reasons why schools and communities should make sure kids have access to playgrounds, parks and bike lanes, the statement says.
And if you’re worried that your son or daughter will lose precious minutes polishing up a book report or cramming for a final, you can relax.
“Time taken away from academic lessons in favour of physical activity has been shown to not come at the cost of scholastic performance,” the experts wrote.