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February 2003: Summer Professional Development Opportunities

~~~~~~Table of Contents~~~~~~

> Regional Options
> Delaware
> Maryland
> New Jersey
> Pennsylvania
> Washington, DC
> Free from RBS: Blueprints CD-ROM

Integrate literacy (Language Arts), the arts (music) and
technology into the classroom using Interdisciplinary,
thematic, collaborative Online Curriculum, Readability Tools
Resources about American Dialects.

~~~~~~Regional Options~~~~~~

>From July 16-18, 2003 RBS will offer IMAGES 2003 (Improving
Measurement and Geometry in the Elementary Schools).  This is an
intensive standard-based training in elementary geometry and
measurement. This institute is an opportunity for elementary
educators to expand their knowledge and skills in geometry
content and instruction. But more importantly, it is a training-
of-trainers workshop--preparing educators for a leadership role
in assisting other teachers to raise their students' achievement
through standards-based instruction. Though this training is
taking place in Pennsylvania, its central location in
Harrisburg, PA is convenient to all in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For teachers near the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation (CBF) invites you to participate in a new
professional development program: Chesapeake Classrooms. This
program combines CBF's integrated watershed education in an
exciting partnership with National Geographic's Geography
Education Outreach (GEO). Through Chesapeake Classrooms, CBF and
GEO will provide professional development and materials to
interested teachers throughout one year. This professional
development package will prepare teachers to connect meaningful
investigations of the local environment and Chesapeake Bay to
academic standards.

Texas Instruments offers numerous summer institutes in several
locations around the U.S., including West Chester, PA and New
York City. These institutes provide: effective and appropriate
uses of educational technology to enhance teaching and learning;
ways to implement appropriate change in the classroom by
employing new strategies for teaching; and ways that mathematics
and science can be taught in an exciting, exploratory, and
investigative manner. If you can't make it to one of these
institutes, T3 offers two online courses that can be taken for
graduate credit: Algebra Using the TI-83 Plus and Calculus Using
the TI-89.
In addition, school districts can work with a TI Educational
Technology Consultant to create a professional development
package that includes any T3 offering. Carolyn Hearns is the
Educational Technology Consultant for DC, DE, MD, and NJ.  She
can be contacted at chearns@xxxxxx or 410-757-7525.

The summer is a perfect time to relax with a video, and learn
something as well. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics and the Annenberg/CPB Channel have produced several
interactive workshops for K-12 teachers and principals. These
are eight-part professional development workshops that include a
video component, accompanying print support materials, and a Web
site. Some are: Assessment in Mathematics and Science,
Mathematics: What's the Big Idea?, Principles for Principals,
The Science of Teaching Science, and Shedding Light on Science.


Though the offerings for this summer are not yet available on
its Web site, the Delaware Teacher Center will be providing a
variety of workshops between June 18 and September 20, 2003.
These classes will count toward the 90 hours that are required
every five years for Delaware teachers to renew their teaching


Maryland's Educator's Summer Research Program is an internship
program that gives teachers an opportunity to experience
cutting-edge science and technology through authentic research
experiences. Teachers team with mentor scientists at research
sites around Maryland. This hands-on approach promotes inquiry-
based learning and gives teachers the knowledge and experience
needed to incorporate current content and authentic data into
science and mathematics curriculum.

The Internet and Multimedia Technology Program is offering a
two-week summer institute, Teaching with Instructional
Multimedia in Mathematics and Science at the Post Secondary and
Secondary Schools, to be held July 14-25, 2003 at the Community
College of Baltimore County Essex, MD. It will provide 40
secondary school teachers with supportive opportunities for
developing instructional multimedia presentations using current
software packages.

The Maryland Governor's Academy for Science and Mathematics is a
three-week residential program held at Towson University from
June 29 to July 18, 2003. It provides an opportunity for
teachers of mathematics and science in grades K-12 to enhance
their teaching abilities, update themselves on the content of
science and mathematics, and learn how technology and
manipulatives can be used effectively in their teaching.

In partnership with local area school systems, the National
Security Agency provides funding, planning, and staffing for
summer institutes for mathematics and science teachers. These
institutes provide teachers an intensive five-day opportunity to
learn and apply the standards recommended by NCTM and the latest
technology and teaching techniques for use in the mathematics
classroom. There are currently four summer institutes offered:
two for elementary school teachers (Baltimore County and Prince
George's County, MD), one for middle school teachers (Anne
Arundel County, MD), and one for high school teachers (Howard
County, MD). Find more information and applications at the URL

~~~~~~New Jersey~~~~~~

Explore Sandy Hook's coastal habitats during a 30-hour graduate
level summer course in Marine Science Education offered by the
New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Gain new teaching skills,
ideas, and resources and use the wonders of the Jersey Shore to
engage students in learning while meeting the goals of state and
national standards. This course meets July 8-August 14, 2003 on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the NJMSC
Headquarters, Sandy Hook, NJ. Thirty CEU hours or two graduate
credits are available.

The Dreyfus Chemistry Program in Newark, NJ is offering the
professional development opportunity, Operation Chemistry for
Middle Schools, August 23-29, 2003. It will train leaders to
work with middle school teachers to help them understand
chemical and physical science. It will offer both content and
laboratory technique and is aligned with NJ Core Curriculum

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
(JCNERR), Tuckerton, NJ, provides workshops for educators who
love to learn and teach at the beach. It will offer several
summer learning opportunities, including a workshop specifically
for administrators and science supervisors. Through these
workshops, educators can learn about the student education
opportunities that JCNERR has available, like MARE and the
C.O.O.L. Classroom, as well as learn how marine science content
can improve basic skills and concepts across a variety of
subjects while addressing education standards.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering several four-
or eight-day summer institutes related to teaching engineering
in high school science and mathematics. The courses are:
Machines and Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, F.A.C.E.T.S.,
Integrating Chemical Engineering into High School Science,
Integrating Bio-medical Engineering into High School Science, A
World in Motion: The Design Experience, and Integrating
Engineering into High School Mathematics. More information on
the programs and registration information are available at the
following Web site.

The Rutgers University Center for Mathematics, Science, and
Computer Education (CMSCE) will offer summer technology-based
institutes that will provide educators with a vision for the
uses of technology in the K-12 classroom. All of the 2003
institutes are designed to enhance the use of technology in
augmenting the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Some of the
courses being held are: Certificate in Technology Integration in
Mathematics and Science Education (Grades K-6), Mathematics and
Technology in the Elementary Class (Grades 4-8), Computing in
the Palm of Your Hand (Grades K-12), Multimedia Enhancing
Learning Across the Curriculum (K-5), Making Science Come Alive
for Your Students (Grades K-8), and Special Science Teams
(Grades K-6).


The Governor's Academy for Urban Education invites all
Pennsylvania educators committed to outstanding teaching and
learning in urban K-8 classrooms to attend their free Academy
from June 22-27, 2003 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
Courses will address strategies to assist students in meeting
Pennsylvania's mathematics and language arts academic standards;
teaching practices that are especially successful with diverse,
urban student populations; and ways to differentiate
instructional and assessment strategies.

The Core-Plus Mathematics Project is offering two "Contemporary
Mathematics in Context" workshops that will be held at the
University of Pittsburgh from August 4 to 8, 2003. These
trainings are for teachers currently using Contemporary
Mathematics in Context or planning to implement the curriculum
during the 2003-2004 school year. The workshop will present an
overview of the complete curriculum along with in depth study of
selected units. The focus will be the mathematical content, the
instructional model, and related assessment methods. Sessions
will include modeling lessons, sharing suggestions for
facilitating collaborative learning, and discussing
implementation issues.

The Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for Early Childhood
Educators, to be held June 22-27, 2003 at Villanova University,
is designed for elementary principals, school district
administrators, professors, early childhood directors, and
others who work with early childhood educators. The focus of the
Institute will be leadership with an emphasis on early literacy.
All costs are paid by the PA Department of Education, including
food, lodging, materials, and two graduate credits that are
equivalent to 60 Act 48 hours. More information will be
available soon at the Web site below. If you have any questions
or would like an application to attend, please contact Dr.
Corinne Eisenhart at ceisenhart@xxxxxxxxxxxx

The Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Science Initiative's primary
purpose is to create a community of learners that is focused on
improving science education for all students at the K-8
level. Its member districts are Haverford Township, Penn-Delco,
Springfield, Upper Darby, and Wallingford-Swarthmore. It plans
to offer several three- to four-day workshops this summer.
Continue to check its Web site for more information.

The fourth annual Faculty Academy, Creating Agile Learning
Environments: Driving Theory to Practice, will be held June 19-
20 at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, PA. It will teach
educators how to integrate technology to improve student
achievement. This two-day conference is intended to help
participants investigate new learning theories, learn about the
latest applied solutions, and actively build hands-on skills to
create student-centered, technology-enhanced agile learning

~~~~~~Washington, DC~~~~~~

A part of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, the Carnegie
Academy of Science Education (CASE) is designed to increase
District of Columbia Public School teachers' knowledge of
science and present new methods of bringing science to their
students. The Summer Institutes at CASE expose teachers to new
ways to teach mathematics as well as science, making use of
current software and materials.

For schools or districts that would like to arrange professional
development for a group of teachers, the Smithsonian National
Air and Space Museum may have a workshop for you. It offers
teacher workshops for 10 to 25 participants. Some of its
workshop titles are: Air Mail to Airlines: Changes in Air
Transportation; Black Wings: African Americans in Aviation;
Exploring the Planets; How Things Fly: The Science of Flight;
and Reflections on Earth: Remote Sensing to Monitor the `Environment.

~~~~~~FREE from RBS~~~~~~
To meet the national standards for science and mathematics
education, it is widely recognized that our schools, districts,
and even states must change how we educate children.
Professional development opportunities for teachers that allow
them to improve and refine their practice must play a key role
in achieving this goal. Blueprints is a practical toolkit to
help schools and districts design and facilitate effective
professional development in mathematics and science education.
To request this or other free mathematics and science resources,
visit the "Free Publications" page of the RBS web site at

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