STEME Education Weekend

May 30-31, 2014

STEME Education Weekend

STEME Educator Workshop

Friday, May 30
12–3:30 p.m.

STEME Education Center
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012 (map)

Sponsored by New York University and the Jhumki Basu Foundation, this workshop will focus on providing New York City STEME (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and environmental) teachers with an opportunity to learn about high quality, long-term professional development programs available in the city. In hosting this event, we hope to build a pipeline of educators that feel confident and supported and view teaching STEME in New York City as a sustainable career.

The event will feature six mini-workshops from leading educational STEME organizations. Two mini-workshops will be running simultaneously during each of the three, 45 minute sessions. After a brief introduction, guests will have the opportunity to choose which mini workshops they will attend during each session.

11:30-12:00 Arrival/ Registration/ Check-In
12:00-12:15 Welcome
12:20-1:05 Session I
1:10-1:55 Session II
2:00-2:45 Session III
2:45-3:30 Closing

Featured mini workshops:

  • Provide leadership development and a supportive community to STEM educators, working in public schools located in low-income minority neighborhoods. By developing and supporting highly qualified STEM teachers in these underserved communities, the Sci-Ed Innovators hope that more excellent STEM educators view teaching in underserved communities as a sustainable career, and more students in these communities are motivated to pursue education and careers in STEM.

    Visit Sci-Ed Innovators Website
  • Youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face.  From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action.

    Visit Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Website
  • U.S. Satellite's flagship STEM PD work is NASA Endeavor's STEM Teaching Certificate Project, in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University. Educators take LIVE, interactive online courses as part of a 3-course Leadership Certificate in STEM Education, or one of several Joint Master's Programs with other regionally-accredited partners. Teachers can earn both the Teachers College Certificate and the Master's Degree. Endeavor teaches pedagogical content knowledge and focuses on STEM pedagogy.

    Visit NASA Endeavor Website
  • Provides four year Master Teacher and Early Career fellowships for STEM teachers with 4+ years of experience teaching in public and charter schools in NYC. Along with a $15,000 a year annual stipend, Master Teachers and Early Career Teachers get to participate in a wide variety of professional growth opportunities that include workshops, mini-courses, professional learning teams, and more.

    Visit Math for America Website
  • Raises the quality of science education while supporting environmental stewardship. By using the natural and built environments of cities as laboratories for active learning, we transform teaching to make science relevant and engaging for PreK-8 students. CityScience builds the capacity of school and after-school programs to deliver high quality PreK-8 science explorations. By supporting the educators least likely to have certificates in science, CityScience Coaches improve the quality of science content and the ability of educators to deliver it through co-inquiry and project-based pedagogies.

    Visit City Science Website
  • Dedicated to interchange and interaction among teachers of physics and physical science. Our general purpose is to cultivate excellence in science teaching and to promote learning, self-confidence and success for our students.

    Visit STEM Teachers NYC Website

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STEME Education Showcase

Saturday, May 31
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Coles Athletic Center
181 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012 (map)

Sponsored by New York University, the Jhumki Basu Foundation, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, this STEME Education Showcase, brings together students and teachers, from more than 50 underrepresented New York City public schools, as well as researchers, policy makers, leading educational, governmental, non-profit and corporate organizations, providing each with an opportunity to share and observe innovative teaching and learning strategies.

10:00 Guest Arrival/ Registration/ Check-In
10:00-10:15 Showcase Kickoff
10:15-1:00 Showcase
1:00-2:00 Keynote Speaker

Featured Events:

Sci-Ed Innovators Expo

The Sci-Ed Expo brings together current, past, and future Sci-Ed Fellows and their students to present projects and investigations that demonstrate how teachers are using innovative teaching methods, to build student authority, expertise, and enthusiasm for STEM. Also on exhibit are projects and information from leading STEM organizations and institutions.

CRISP Exhibition
Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program is an innovative urban teacher residency program offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture Education, and Human Development at New York University. The curriculum immerses aspiring teachers in urban science classrooms and integrates theory, practice, and science content into daily teaching and learning experiences. During the exhibition, current and former CRISP residents and their students will present rigorous, engaging, authentic projects they have designed specifically for their diverse classrooms and learners.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots: Celebration of Service
The Celebration of Service is the annual culminating event where participating educators and students in the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots service learning program come together to celebrate the past Roots & Shoots season. It is an opportunity for groups to showcase their achievements and be recognized for all the work they have done in investigating, reflecting, and taking action in their communities.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adam Ruben: Comedian, Writer, and Scientist
Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. For over a decade, he has performed at clubs, colleges, and private venues across the country, including at some of the best-known storytelling shows and comedy clubs. He is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House, 2010), a satirical guide to the low points and, well, lower points of post-baccalaureate education.  

For ten years, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class that has quickly become one of the most popular January “Intersession” courses at Johns Hopkins University, and he currently teaches storytelling with SpeakeasyDC. He writes the humor column“Experimental Error” in the otherwise respectable journal Science; he has also been seen and heard on the Food Network’s Food Detectives, the Science Channel’s Head Rush, and NPR’s All Things Considered.  He currently appears on the Discovery Channel’s new show,You Have Been Warned, which premiered internationally in late 2012 and in the United States in April 2013 (under the name Outrageous Acts of Science).

His one-man show, Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence, debuted to rave reviews at the Capital Fringe Festival in July 2011. In addition to his day job developing a malaria vaccine at Sanaria Inc., Adam travels the country, performing his show as part of anti-bullying programs and talking about his book to audiences of disaffected grad students.

Adam lives with his wife, Marina Koestler Ruben, and their daughter, Maya, in Washington, DC.

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