STEMinds goes to Harvard!








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This project is about kids:
  • Helping other people using STEM
  • Furthering their own knowledge of STEM
  • Self-directing their own learning
  • Having an opportunity to share their ideas with their peer group

Teacher expectations:
  1. Watch the Alan November video at STEMinds.wikispaces.com
  2. Hang up and introduce the STEMinds for Future flyer at your school
  3. Direct any students interested in applying to the webpage
  4. Remind students the proposals are to be turned into you by Tuesday, November 22nd
  5. Consider proposals and email list your of 2-3 candidates and proposals to Dan, Ed and Jossie no later than Monday, November 28th

Friday Student Forums:
- 4 Fridays at The Center for Educational Enrichment (12:45-2:45PM)
- 2-3 kids from each school
- Tentative format:
  • o Warm up activity (30 min)
  • o Break into 2 discussion groups facilitated by Dan and Ed (75 min)
  • o Each student will share their ideas and give feedback to peers
  • o Closing activity (15 min)

Student selection & expectations:
- Students will fill out a proposal located at STEMinds.wikispaces.com
- Come to and take an active role in our 4 Friday student forums
- Contribute to the online student forum (to be introduced Dec 2nd)
- Be prepared to share their project, findings, and updates with our community of learners
- Work independently outside/after school using STEM and make forward progress on their idea

Remember…this is an experiment! Our expectation is not that the students completely solve the problem, just that they show progress toward their goal and help their peers make progress toward their goal. Please refer to the STEMinds FAQ website for additional information. Feel free to email Dan and Ed with questions.
Sincerely,
Dan and Ed


LD in the Middle Partnership
STEMinds for the Future 2011-12
Rationale
Nationally, there is general deficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Science uses the skills of math; i.e., fractions become ratios and percentages, or an algebraic statement becomes a chemistry equation. Yet the way that math and science are taught is not integrated. Because of this disconnect, students are not transferring what they learn in math to what they learn in science. Science teachers often must re-teach math concepts that students are required to apply in science lessons.

Proposed Work
Building on the success of MIM, we propose to extend this model to science. Science teachers are teaching classes with multiple types of learners and would benefit from training to integrate multiple strategies in their teaching of science lessons. They will partner with math teachers who already have been trained so that students are better able to draw on their knowledge from math lessons and transfer this knowledge to practical use in science.
The project will retain the 7 schools currently in MIM (The Global Neighborhood Secondary School; The Cypress Hills Community School; Museum Magnet School (PS191/Hudson Honors Middle School); Opportunity Charter School; Salk School of Science; Science and Medicine Middle School; and The Gateway Middle School). We will expand to include The Children’s Storefront, an independent school in Harlem.

Math in the Middle Network and Science Teachers

With the 8 schools currently in the Math cohort, 10 math teachers who have been participating in MIM will pair with a science teacher in each school.The two teachers will work together on lessons and projects, and the Math teacher will be a resource for teaching the math components of science lessons. The Math Teacher also will train the science teacher to identify learning styles of students and incorporate creative, multi-sensory strategies to help all students grasp content.
Our project will have two PD components:
1. Schools will be expected to promote and experience a further shift in classroom culture toward a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners. STEMinds Symposium in September will launch the project and a STEMinds Share Fair in May will celebrate the students/teachers accomplishments. On-site school coaching throughout the year will be facilitated by Barbara Fields, Math Coach, Sandra C. Jenoure, Math/Science Coach and Dr. Jossie O’Neill, Special Education Specialist.

SAVE THE DATE

STEMinds Symposium
Date: September 23, 2011
Place: The Center for Educational Enrichment at the Gateway Schools, 211 West 61st Street Ground Floor, NY, NY 10023 (212) 777-5966 Ext.817
Time: 8:30AM-3:00PM
Speakers: Dr. Bethany Roditi & Joan Steinberg, RILD & ILD, Lexington, MA

2. Teachers will participate in a newly created LD/STEM Cabinet to promote an educator’s alertness to situations that call for positive attitudes toward thinking and learning. Every two months, the Cabinet will meet as a study group and exchange ideas.

LD/STEM Cabinet
At: The Gateway Schools, 211 West 61st Street6th Floor, NY, NY 10023 (212) 777-5966 Ext.817
Times: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Dates: Wednesdays-November 2, January 11, March 28
Facilitators: Barbara Fields, Math Coach and Sandra C. Jenoure, Math/Science Coach & Dr. Jossie O’Neill

The LD in the Middle website will be used to disseminate our work and experiences as we develop new teaching modules in both math and science and present webinars for teachers, administrators and professionals and create an archive on the website.

STEMinds Student Initiative- Friday Forums

Now that our professional development support is established, STEMinds will include a student component. The student component is grounded in evidence-based practices. A team of students (3-4 students) will work on STEM projects and present them in 4 STEMinds Student Forums throughout the school year. These meetings will provide a forum to make students’ thinking visible to them, to their peers and to the teachers. They also will promote middle grade students’ discussion and debate, exemplifying
Dr. Catherine Snow’s academically productive talk (APT) research and development at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

One of the forums will take place in Boston as part of the Learning Differences Conference (March 16-17, 2012) organized by Dr. Lynn Meltzer, co-founder and co-director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ILD & Research ILD in Lexington, MA)at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.