STEMteachersNYC cultivates excellence in STEM teaching and promotes deep understanding and success for students through innovative, teacher-led professional development. Our weekend workshops are offered during the school year and multi-week workshop intensives occur in the summer, led by master teachers. We welcome and encourage teachers from across the globe, the US, and the local New York City area!
For teachers, by teachers, about teaching.
STEMteachersNYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#23385). We are affiliated with the American Modeling Teachers Association.
Collaboration among active practitioners
Free exchange of ideas
Supportive, diverse community
Integration of robust content and pedagogy
Practical and classroom-ready workshops
Teachers as active learners
Attentiveness to student learning experience
Responsiveness to local teacher interests
Best practices based on research and classroom experience
Welcoming to new teachers
STEMteachersNYC was founded in 2011 by a group of physics teachers as a local affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association. The founders and the current coordinators of STEMteachersNYC are almost all teachers who had participated in 3-week summer Modeling Instruction Workshops and adopted Modeling Instruction in their teaching.
STEMteachersNYC is currently almost entirely a volunteer organization, run by teachers, for teachers, about teaching. Under the leadership of Dr. Fernand
Brunschwig, it has grown from an initial group of 25 to more than 950 teachers who are members of the organization’s on-line professional forum. Program offerings have grown from 8 weekend workshops and a single 3-week intensive summer workshop on mechanics in physics in 2011-12, to 21 weekend workshops and nearly a dozen simultaneous summer workshops. Workshop participants are teachers in public schools, charter schools, and private schools from throughout the NY, NJ and CT metropolitan area. The summer workshops also draw participants from across the country and abroad.
The impact of these workshops is significant. Since 2012, we have presented well over 80 workshops that have attracted a total attendance of 1500 to intensive professional development experiences on their own time on the weekend or in the summer. During 2013-14, STEMteachersNYC adopted by-laws, established a board of trustees, and submitted the application for tax-exempt status. In the 2014-15 academic year, the IRS approved our application for tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status, and we doubled the number of weekend workshops. Our long-term goal is to reach 10% of the region’s 21,000 STEM teachers and impact over 250,000 students.
STEMteachersNYC programs draw from a teaching methodology known as modeling, which is closely related to Next Generation Science Standards. Modeling is a student-centered approach to teaching that emphasizes the use of scientific models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios and learn to model the physical world. The approach engages students in experimentation, data collection and analysis through a set of structured “paradigm” experiments, asks them to represent their understanding using whiteboards, and then deploys the resulting model in analyzing related phenomena. When the models fail to explain what students are seeing, the cycle of experimentation, data collection, and model-making begins again.