Rider, Princeton to Offer Math, Science Seminars for Local Teachers
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (July 3, 2008) — For two weeks local school teachers will have the chance to collaborate and enhance their knowledge of science, math and technology through two professional development programs held in a partnership between Rider University and Princeton University. The programs, CONNECT-ED and QUEST, will run on both campuses simultaneously from Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 18.
There will be more than 80 participants from 16 New Jersey school districts including: Bordentown, Burlington City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Lawrence Township, Manalapan-Englishtown, Montgomery, New Brunswick, Roosevelt, South Brunswick, Trenton, Warren Township and West Windsor-Plainsboro. Rep. Rush Holt (D, NJ-12) plans to visit the Lawrenceville campus of Rider University on Monday, July 7, at 12:30 p.m. to share remarks with the teachers. Holt has been a strong supporter of the professional development programs and Rider’s Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT), and was the founder of the Science Advisor Program at Princeton University.
CONNECT-ED (Consortium for New Explorations in Coherent Teacher Education), which will be held at Rider University, allows elementary, middle and high school teachers to team up with a district curriculum expert and scientist or engineer. The team identifies a “big idea,” or core concept, in science or math, and then designs a six-hour workshop that follows the concept as it develops across the grade levels, models how to teach the concept using inquiry approach, and “connects” the lessons to show how their students’ understanding of the concept builds throughout the grade levels.
This summer, CONNECT-ED will address big ideas in Earth Science and Life Science. Week one will focus on weather, structure, dynamics and geophysical systems of the Earth. Week two will focus on DNA and inherited characteristics, and diversity of life.
QUEST, which will be held at Princeton University, offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary and middle school teachers to enhance their knowledge of science, math and technology by engaging in laboratory experiments and field experiences led by Princeton faculty and staff, and scientists from neighboring institutions. There are several new QUEST programs offered this summer, including cosmology, life and chemistry in the ocean, global climate change, and data and critical thinking in mathematics.
QUEST is made possible through support by the Program in Teacher Preparation and the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science at Princeton University, NASA, and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotrophy Probe EPO. CONNECT-ED is made possible through support by: 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Martinson Family Foundation and The Wachovia Foundation.
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