STEM education has gained unprecedented momentum over the past few years, however the question remains, are we making progress? How are we measuring it? Are all students included? The significant changes in education, especially STEM content, have been impacted by legislative policies as well as classroom practices. The ultimate goal is improving the quality of our schools and districts as well as creating opportunities for our students. This presentation will address many of the burning questions but moreover, offer ideas to keep the pace and momentum going for our children in the 21st century.
1. Examine international, national and state practices in STEM education
2. Discuss challenges and best practices for shifting the paradigm
3. Identify a few working goals to cultivate /build STEM capacity in the state of New Hampshire
Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a national and international speaker
and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
education. Spicer was honored in 2009 by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New
England Technology as one of 10 "Women to Watch." Concerned by how
many children in the U.S. "are shut out of technology and
engineering," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the
underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership.
With expertise in technology and engineering education
standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership, Spicer
served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner
of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Most recently, she served
on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council
(NRC) "Next Generation": Framework for Science Education which was
approved July 19, 2011.
In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts
Governor's STEM Advisory Council as the co-chair of the council's teacher
development committee. She was instrumental in establishing the 2001
Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Ioannis (Yannis)
Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science. She is also an advisor to
the National Governors Association.
In addition, Spicer advocates for the Museum's K-12
curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the
Future®, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts
and is being replicated across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity
for technological literacy. Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway
Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement
K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400
educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school
Earning her doctorate at the University of
Massachusetts-Boston in 2004, she focused her dissertation on how nine African
American female public school principals transformed their schools and thrived
as educational leaders. Spicer is the former director of career & technical
education in Newton, Mass., and served as the statewide technology/engineering
coordinator at the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She
earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts & technology from the State
University of New York-Oswego. A Brooklyn, New York, native, she is committed
to improving opportunities for females and students of color in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
There’s a MAP for
That! (And it is Easy to Find): Getting to Know ArcGIS Online
All you need is the Internet and students at school (or at
home), and you can make maps and analyze data using powerful,
professional, web-based GIS. This
session is ideal for GIS or technology novices and is applicable to teachers
from a wide variety of content areas and grade levels. You will be introduced
to the capabilities of ArcGIS Online, search and explore existing data sets and
maps, make your own maps, and walk away with strategies for using ArcGIS Online
to support geography inquiry in your classroom next week. Specific topics we
will explore include: US Census data, US Geological Survey data, and new maps
available in the NH Digital School Atlas. The session can also be tailored to
meet the needs of participants. Information about the statewide GIS license and
other professional development opportunities offered through NHEdGIS will be
disseminated as well.
How Did You Get That?
Presenter: Sue Hannan
In this session, learn how to find and apply for educational
monies, grants and prizes. The focus will be on where to find educational
monies and grants, as well as on showing participants how to apply for these
funds and grants, and on how to foster collaboration with colleagues and the
community. Participants will learn about the resources that are avail- able to
them and where to look for school enhancements.
Surface of Digital Animation
Presenter: Joanna Marcotte
Come learn the basics of using Scratch for the purpose of
creating digital animations. Scratch is a graphic web- based coding software that
can be used for digital animation and video game design. Participants will
explore using this platform to either create their own animations or for having
students create animations. Participants should bring a computer with them so
they can explore Scratch with us in this hands on presentation.
Don’t Let your FLIP
be a FLOP
Presenter: Jennifer Middaugh
The Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical model pioneered by
High School Science teachers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Samsin where the
typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed.
In this session, participants will discuss how to set up a
Flipped Classroom for their lessons with the use of various free, online tools.
We’ll look at lesson samples, links and share some great resources!
Roundtable Leader: Ryan Earley
Join Ryan Early in a roundtable discussion about technology:
what works, what doesn't, and what are the new ideas that districts are
exploring? This session is geared towards Tech Directors, Tech Integrators, and
Citizenship for K - 12 Classrooms
Presenter: Charlie Gessner
Internet safety, cyber bullying, online privacy. All of
these things impact our students inside and outside of the classroom when they
use various forms of technology; but what do we do to address it? Over the
course of this one-hour session, we’ll highlight multiple ways that you can
teach digital citizenship with your students. Whether you teach K-5, middle
school, or high school; we’ll have solutions that can be used to make your students
more sensitive to the digital world around them. Various resources will be
demonstrated that you can immediately use in your classroom.
Life Skills in 8th Grade Math
Presenter: Richard Dexcoteaux
The Scenario: "Imagine that you are 23 years old,
single and living in your own apartment. You have finished all of your
schooling and you are now work- ing full-time in the profession you have chosen
to pursue. What will your monthly expenses be and will you be able to pay them
based upon your expected salary?”
By completing this simulation, students will learn how to
develop a personal budget using a Google spreadsheet, select a profession,
housing, and other lifestyle choices and then develop a workable budget
considering those criteria. Develop an understanding of a realistic budget and
the difference between wants and needs.
Bryant is an assistant professor of geography at Keene
State College, New Hampshire.She has a
range of experience in geographic education from ten years teaching geography
in both rural and urban secondary public schools, to her current position offering
geography classes geared toward pre-service education majors.She received the American Association of
Geographers Applied Geography Specialty Group Class Exercise Award Competition
for “Geospatial Technology Curriculum Development” in 2011 which connected
local schools and public agencies with her students in developing GIS
lessons.Bryant is currently the
coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance, and is engaged in
outreach programs with the public school system throughout New Hampshire.The New Hampshire Geographic Alliance has
been involved in providing geography-based professional development, the
creation of Connections, an alignment guide between the second edition of
Geography for Life and the Common Core ELA State Standards, and NHEdGIS, a
partnership in New Hampshire that manages the statewide GIS K-12 license.Bryant’s research interests include GIS in
secondary education, affective education, informal geographic education, and
Hannan graduated from the University of Maine at
Farmington, and has taught in middle school for 20 years, starting her career
at Merrimack Valley Middle School. After teaching at MVMS for 11 years, Hannan
took a break to raise her now 17 year old daughter. She taught and directed a preschool/kindergarten
for 5 years, then returned to teaching in 2005 at Hillside Middle School in
Manchester. She currently teaches Language Arts Essentials to 6th and 7th
graders. Hannan is serving on the NEA CCRS Corps, and SLO teams. She is an Instructional
Coach for Breakthrough Manchester, and is on the Focus Monitoring, Professional
Development, CCRS, and Leadership committees at Hillside. She has won the
Horace Mann/Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Fellowship, and the
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
Gessner has been a Business/Technology Teacher for StevensHigh School in Claremont, NH
for over 27 years. During his tenure, he has run the Claremont Educators Users
Group which focuses on technology for teachers and has offered workshops in
various software applications, iPad apps, PowerTeacher and student assessment
software. Currently the Technology Integration Specialist for SAU #6 in Claremont, Charlie’s
current focus is on Google Apps for Education and providing ways for teachers
to use technology effectively in their curriculum.
Marcotte currently teaches K-5
ICT for the in the Newfound Area School District. Prior to that, Ms. Marcotte
taught grades 6-8 computer science for one year and social studies for 9 years
where she integrated technology into instruction on a daily basis, at
Winnisquam Regional Middle School.
Middaugh is a technology integration specialist at
the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH and the former director of the
Seacoast Professional Development Center in Exeter. Jen is the acting Vice
President of NHSTE, the NH affiliate organization to ISTE and strives to keep
up with the ever changing digital learning environment. She provides high
quality professional development opportunities to teachers and staff throughout
New Hampshire in an effort to enhance curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Her passion is building an engaging learning environment with the purpose of
helping students achieve success.