STEME Education Weekend

May 3-5, 2012

Sharing Our Success - STEME Education Weekend 2012


The 13th Annual Sharing Our Success Conference in Urban Science and Math Teaching, A two-day professional development conference organized in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots program featuring scientists presenting the latest developments in STEME fields, teachers sharing best practices in STEME classroom instruction, and students demonstrating science projects.

Friday, May 4

United Federation of Teachers Building
52 Broadway, 2nd Floor (View Map)


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Welcome
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Math Keynote Presentation: Dr. Cathy Seeley, Senior Fellow with the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas
Cathy Seeley has worked for over 35 years, as a mathematics teacher, district mathematics coordinator, and state mathematics director for the Texas Education Agency.
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Workshops and Panels presenting ways to:
  • Move math and science instruction from the CCSS to successful practices.
  • Implement strategies and guidelines for increasing academic proficiency that prepares ELLs for STEM careers.
  • Explore the role of academic language in the CCSS for closing the achievement gap in math and science.
  • Learn what local school communities are successfully doing to promote math and science excellence.
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch and Poster Displays
1:30 PM -  2:30 PM Science Keynote Presentation: Dr. Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education, NYU
Okhee Lee’s research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners

Saturday, May 5

NYU Washington Square Campus
Silver Center
31 Washington Place, 7th Floor
(between Greene Street and Washington Square East. View Map)


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and breakfast
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Conversation with a Scientist:
Dr. Ofer Tchernichovski, Biology Department, City College, CUNY
A discussion of his research into the genetics of bird songs and their relationship with human speech
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
Roots & Shoots NYC Celebration of Service Learning
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Project Sharing
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Keynote Presentation: Olivia Bouler
Olivia Bouler, 12-year-old author of Olivia's Birds Saving the Gulf, will give an inspiring keynote presentation, and share her experience raising more than $200,000 to support relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Learning Labs Workshops
Space is limited – guests must register for workshops at the event.
  • Workshop # 1: Invasive Species: Service Learning's Most Wanted
    Invasive species can have a tremendously negative impact on the health of our ecosystems. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how the movement of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals are directly related to both our physical and cultural environments. Through discussion, games, and craft making, we will explore how and why these non-native species have arrived in our neighborhoods.  Most importantly, we will determine what we can do as service learning leaders to lessen their impact and stop these creatures from expanding their territories.
  • Workshop # 2: Terrariums - The world in your hands
    Building a terrarium is a great way to observe the wonder, complexity and importance of the natural world and its eco-systems in a portable miniature model! In building and caring for the terrarium we reinforce our role as stewards of the environment and witness its interconnectedness with people and animals. In this hands-on workshop, each student and teacher will leave with their own terrarium made from recycled and other materials! Teachers will also leave with a terrarium lesson-planning packet.
  • Workshop # 3: Worms at work: A Worm Composting Bin How To
    Details forthcoming.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Flap, Fly and Flutter Service Project
Protect two of New York’s most important winged wonders. Groups will complete one or both  projects including a bird fly in prevention project led by Olivia Bouler. In this activity participants will make bird silhouettes to hang in windows to help birds navigate away from often dangerous glass windows. In the second project led by Katherine Anne Chulvick, participants will construct homes for pollinators using recycled materials that can be placed in any outdoor space.
This event was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Additional support provided by ExxonMobil.