Math/Science Programs


Program 1: Effectively Integrating Technology and Mathematics

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

When technology is effectively implemented in a math classroom you can improve student success, understanding and engagement. Throughout this workshop, we will discuss and explore how technology can be used in various ways. We will also explore the many online resources available to teachers and students. Sample hands-on and technology-based lessons will be shared as well as authentic student products.

Target Audience: Grades 3-7

Instructor: Ms. Kelly Ryan, Mathematics Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Edison Township Public Schools

Program 2: A Shift in Science Instruction to the Next Generation

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Create a student-driven classroom by using various instructional methods to access knowledge. Free digital programs such as Socrative, Go Formative, Google Docs, Google Classroom and Schoology will be introduced and used to formatively assess students. Participants have an opportunity to use these tools in a variety of science activities. Techniques that will be modeled can be easily transitioned across grade levels. Sample activities will address the following Science Practices: Asking Questions, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Constructing Explanations, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information. While this is most useful in a 1:1 classroom, alternative methods of formative assessment will also be addressed. Preferably, bring your own device. In addition, think about a unit of study that you would like to develop new materials for, or a favorite activity that may be adjusted for the transition to NGSS. Train to be the “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage” as you implement the NGSS!

Target Audience: Grades 4-8

Instructor: Helen Cleveland, Science Teacher, Howell Township Schools

Program 3: NGSS: Creating a Model Evidence Lesson

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This hands-on workshop will provide teachers with the necessary tools to develop model evidence lessons. As a group, participants will work through lessons that teach students how to rate evidence and create models. The instructor will conduct two lessons: one that requires teachers to examine evidence and create an original model, and one that presents two models, where the participants will support their answer with the evidence provided. The goal of the workshop is for teachers to turn-key the information and to be able to create their own model evidence lesson.

Target Audience: Grades 6-8

Instructor: Regina Arnold, Science Supervisor, Edison Township

Program 4: Closing the Gap: Math and Special Education

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This workshop will provide teachers with strategies for closing the gap between special education students and their mainstreamed peers. Teachers will discuss strategies for raising the bar and for leveling the playing field in both in-class support and resource math settings. This workshop will highlight successful co-teaching strategies, ways to engage learners in math, how to take a student centered approach to difficult math topics, and how to create a positive learning environment for students of all abilities.

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Instructor: Jordan Hickman, Math/Special Education Teacher, Middletown Township Public Schools

Program 5: Electrons and Beyond!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Maker Movement is upon us! Designed for teachers of younger learners, Electrons and Beyond addresses the fundamentals of electronics through a variety of hands-on activities. Using fun and accessible tools such as Play-Doh, Makey Makeys, LED lights and more, we will create bizarre musical instruments, squishy circuits that defy logic and explore endless creative possibilities! Aligned with core curriculum content standards, this course will provide learners with a solid foundation for today’s gadget-driven society.

Target Audience: K-5

Instructor: Chris Ippolito, Teacher of Applied Technology at Ocean Township High School, Lead instructor at Ignite Academy

Program 6: A Day with the New SAT Math Sections

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come spend a day immersing yourself in the new SAT math exam. Participants will first play the role of the student and take a released version of the new mathematics exam. Then, as a group, we will reflect on the content and pedagogy shifts necessary to help students perform well on this very important exam. Special attention will be placed on which parts of the Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 curricula lend themselves to the new SAT and where teachers can infuse sample questions. We will also look at resources for helping students prepare for the exam, including the Khan Academy’s partnership with the College Board, practice tests, and more.

Target Audience: Grades 9-12

Instructor: John Kerrigan, Assistant Principal, Middletown Township School District

Program 7: Understanding the Anatomy of NGSS and putting it into Practice

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

A comprehensive overview of the NGSS and the new lens through which teachers should view science education. Teachers will be introduced to the structure of 3-dimensional learning, engage in sample lessons, and utilize a lesson planning template.

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Instructor: John Jones, Science Teacher, Howell Township Schools

Program 8: Using Khan Academy in the Math Classroom to Motivate Students, Personalize Learning, and Differentiate Instruction

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kahn Academy is a grade specific, common core aligned, web based program dedicated to providing a free and world class education for anyone, anywhere. Students and teachers around the world are using Khan Academy to create student-centered, personalized learning experience. This workshop will give you a deep understanding of how Khan Academy works from both a student and teacher perspective. You’ll also learn how to set up your students, track their progress, and how to integrate Kahn Academy into your curriculum and classroom.

Target Audience: Grades 5-8

Instructor: Derek Tranchina, Mathematics Teacher, Ocean Township School District

Program 9: Forces and Interactions using STEM Principles

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Discover how you can increase student achievement and motivation by using STEM techniques. This workshop focuses on the steps of the engineering process, which is a key component in the new Next Generation Science Standards. Engineering is part of the STEM approach, which integrates science, technology, engineering and math skills in order to solve a problem. This hands-on workshop will delve into the areas of forces and interactions. Learn how to create your own STEM activities using the engineering design process, and leave with lessons you can use in your classroom tomorrow. Lessons correlate to NGSS.

Target Audience: Grades 6-8

Instructor: Michelle Tortorelli, Science Teacher, Howell Township School District

Program 10: Activities to Engage and Motivate Mathematics Students

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tired of the same old practice worksheets? This workshop will incorporate strategies for engaging and motivating students using numerous approaches to assess comprehension. Participants will experience and develop activities in order to promote engagement and motivation in their mathematics class. Strategies for formative assessment will also be addressed in order to provide teachers with ways to collect data to help drive and inform instruction. Teachers will be able to implement these strategies immediately upon returning to their school.

Target Audience: Grades 2-6

Instructor: Karen Gronikowski, Mathematics Teacher, Hamilton Township School District

Program 11: Discovery within Ourselves and the Science Classroom

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

A community of open-minded people who embrace differences encourages a respectful, nurturing and positive classroom environment. In this workshop, participants will explore how to lead science students through the ‘creative discovery’ and ‘experimental design’ processes in the science classroom. Suggestions will be given on how to use mindfulness to cultivate students’ passions, as well as the confidence to embrace their own style of intelligence. The importance of mentoring, not only for students but for teachers will be discussed. Hands-on and group-based thinking activities will be presented that emphasize how lessons can be differentiated based on student strengths. Other activities that encourage individuality and a student’s moral compass will be shared. Teachers, as well as their students, will learn skills and practices that will serve them well in the present and into the future.

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Instructor: Christine DeMuro, Science Teacher, Ocean Township Schools

Program 12: Engaging Formative Assessment Techniques with Technology

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Engage several formative assessment tasks using free technology from desmos to nearpod. The tasks will demonstrate how we can engage students in their learning and assess their understanding in real time using such technology.

Target Audience: Grades 6-12

Instructor: Dr. Eric Milou, Professor, Mathematics Department, Rowan University

Program 13: Low-budget Bio: Inquiry-based, easy-to-prepare Biology Labs and Projects

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Help your students enjoy the wonders of Biology without breaking the bank. Participants will learn ways to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM principles (science, technology, engineering, math) into their biology lessons. We will focus on affordable, easy-to-prepare activities, labs and projects, that are both fun and inquiry-based. This workshop will also include tips on how to instruct students in writing a proper formal lab report.

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Instructor: Chryseis McHugh, Biology Teacher, Manasquan School District

Program 14: The High School Math Curriculum: the Status Quo is Unacceptable

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Common Core has done little to improve the 9-12 math curriculum which seems mostly unchanged from decades past. This session will discuss a realistic scope and sequence for algebra I/II, share a plethora of modeling tasks and examine multiple pathways for the high school mathematics curriculum.

Target Audience: Grades 9-12

Instructor: Dr. Eric Milou, Professor, Mathematics Department, Rowan University

Program 15: Get Moving! Turn your Classroom into a Cooperative and Kinesthetic Learning Environment

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Develop lessons to improve student learning with brain-based research, increase student engagement while building necessary life skills, and support NGSS and STEM initiatives. Attendees will engage in exciting activities throughout the day from the point-of-view of their students as they learn the rationale for a kinesthetic, cooperative classroom. Teachers will receive sample templates and lesson ideas and leave with the confidence to incorporate more movement and collaborative learning in their classes. Please bring a unit of study that you will teach in the near future (laptops/tablets welcome). Be ready to move around and get to know new people!

Target Audience: K-12

Instructor: Erica Coviello, Science Teacher, Howell Middle School North

Program 16: Building a Conceptual Understanding of Elementary Mathematics through Questioning

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Focus on questioning techniques to elicit student thinking in the math classroom and manipulatives to help build a student’s conceptual understanding of the more abstract mathematical concepts presented in the elementary curriculum. More specifically, we will spend time looking at various digital manipulatives, discuss the different types of questions teachers can use to elicit students thinking – questions that only require yes/no answers versus questions that require the students to think more deeply about something; questions that require students to justify their thinking, to themselves, to the instructor, and to their peers, etc. Participants will compare question types, and will have an opportunity to examine their own curriculum materials to identify sources of “good” questions. Additional resources will be shared.

Target Audience: Grades K-5

Instructor: Dr. Cecilia C. Arias, Mathematics Lecturer for Rutgers University

Program 17: NGSS in the Elementary Classroom

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Examine the three dimensions of the NGSS cross-cutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and performance assessment expectations. Discover how the NGSS intersect with the Common Core standards in math and language arts. Participants will then perform sample activities that illustrate the implementation of science and engineering practices, investigate the structure and properties of matter, and other disciplinary core ideas. Participants should bring some of their own currently implemented district’s curriculum to share ideas and work together to align the curriculum with the new standards.

Target Audience: K-6

Instructor: Dr. Eva Ogens, Assistant Professor, Math/Science Methods, Ramapo College Teacher Education

Program 18: Cool Tools for Organizing a Digital Classroom

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Learn tools to bring your classes into the 21st century. Learn how to organize your materials, websites, and flip your classrooms. Have a lesson in mind, or bring a unit. Some of the apps and tools presented include: Blend space, padlet, Edpuzzle, Live Binders, on-line lesson plan tool, symbaloo, virtual labs, CK-12. Teachers will have time to explore and create using these tools. This is a benefit for anyone with access to technology in their classroom – best for those with 1:1. If you prefer, bring your own device.

Target Audience: Grades 5-8

Instructor: Patricia Wahlsten, Science Teacher, Manalapan Township School District

Program 19: Calculators and the Core

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Standards have changed and teachers must change in order to keep their classroom relevant. Technology can be used to help students reach mastery of many Common Core skills. Graphing calculators and web based math tools are great resources that can help make graphic concepts more concrete and give visual thinkers a better way to understand function behavior. This workshop will address the integration of the T1-84 graphing calculator as well as the web based tool Desmos into your Pre-Algebra and Algebra curriculums. Participants will experiment with different activities that promote engagement through student-centered
exploration. This is a hands-on introductory workshop and graphing calculators will be provided. All participants are encouraged to bring a personal digital device.

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Instructor: Amy Caruso, Mathematics Teacher, West Long Branch Schools