The Elementary STEMLab

About

The Elementary STEMLab is a professional development program designed to engage elementary teachers across the New York City area in the pursuit of excellent science teaching and learning. Through a series of hands-on workshops and mentoring opportunities, participants will learn how to facilitate lessons that motivate students to explain natural phenomena and solve engineering problems (aligned to Amplify curriculum). Drawing from what elementary teachers already know about teaching reading and writing, the program helps educators engage specific facilitation strategies that improve a student’s ability to communicate their thinking, cite evidence, and build ideas through discussions.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the Elementary STEMLab program support quality implementation of the NGSS/NYSSLS and programs like Amplify in the following ways:

  1. Assist teachers in identifying how discussion before, during and after a phenomena-based experience benefits elementary students’ development of science concepts and skills.
  2. Learn strategies to facilitate the shared development of ideas and explanations, both developmentally important scaffolds. Additionally,  participants will use past classroom videos and the NYSSLS/NGSS documents to define age-appropriate expectations for the science and engineering practices in the youngest grades.
  3. Cultivation of norms and routines that promote the learning environment students need in order to succeed with challenging academics. In the 2nd week of the program, teachers have the opportunity to practice setting norms, reinforcing routines, and shaping behaviors that promote sustained conversations and investigations where students can grow ideas.
  4. Fostering understanding of activities that explore claims, evidence, and reasoning through teacher modeling, sorting activities, or writing. Discussions provide the age appropriate vehicle for this teach modeling and student practice.
  5. Guidance through the process of interpreting the NYSSLS performance expectations, that reference Amplify’s Progress Build feature and individual lessons. This ensures all 3 dimensions of NGSS are developed and practiced by students, not just modeled or referenced by teachers.
  6. Help teachers to develop assessment strategies that connect how students are linking evidence to claims through discussion and the final explanations.
  7. Assist teachers in setting goals for their next level of work in using Amplify in their own classrooms. The program provides mentoring,  follow up in person and virtual professional development, a LMS platform, as well as support from a network of teachers to help sustain and apply the work started in the summer.

Program Details

The Elementary STEMLab program kicks off with an orientation workshop on May 18, 2019 at Teachers College, Columbia University and continues with a commitment to a full time, 10 day summer institute in New York City from July 22 – August 2, 2019. The summer session will be held at PS 36 Margaret Douglas School at 123 Morningside Drive, New York, NY. The summer institute includes professional learning time as well as a Lab School component where you can practice what you are learning with students for a few hours each day of week 2. During the 2019-20 school year, the project team will continue to support you in implementing what you learned through virtual and in person workshops.

CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

May 18, 2019 | 10am – 1pm
Program Orientation and Kickoff @ Teacher’s College

July 22-26, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:00pm
Summer Institute Professional Development Training @ PS 36 (123 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027)

July 29-August 2, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:00pm
Summer Lab School with Youth @ PS 36 (123 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027)

September 27, 2019
Mentorship Check-In

October 27, 2019 | 10am – 1pm
Cohort 3 Reunion Workshop @ Teacher’s College

November 7-8, 2019
Observations and Recording Visits to be scheduled

November 30, 2019
Video or Audio Recording Due

December 13, 2019
Mentorship Check-In

January 16, 2020 | 8pm
Virtual Professional Learning Meeting

February 13, 2019 | 8pm
Virtual Professional Learning Meeting

February 28, 2020
Video or Audio Recording Due

March 15, 2020 | 10am – 1pm
Cohort 3 Celebration @ Teacher’s College

STEMLab Cohort

Christina Salters
PS 54 Charles W. Leng | Staten Island
This is my first year teacher STEM to K-5 students. I have always enjoyed learning and science.

Anna Victoria
The School at Columbia | Manhattan
I am a first year associate at an independent school. I graduated for Montclair State University where I received a PreK-3 certification. I do have much background knowledge in teaching science but I am excited to learn.

Claudia Aybar
PS83 | Manhattan
I am a third year Fifth grade teacher who made the change after teaching 14 years in PreK and K. I have worked exclusively in Harlem schools because it is where I attended after arriving here at 11 from the Dominican Republic.

Steven Bilder
PS 246 | Bronx
I have been teaching K-5 computer technology at PS 246 for 16 years. Prior to teaching I was a Network Engineer, and an Antique Dealer. I enjoy learning and teaching. I hope to continue learning new ways and methods to teach science and bring my enthusiasm to new students.

Michelle Velho
Hudson Montessori School | Manhattan

Ashley Ulloa
The School at Columbia University | Manhattan

Pamela Patterson Moore
Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School | Manhattan

Candice Lam
Teachers College Community School | Manhattan

Molly Isaac
The Moriah School | New Jersey

Sharon Melady
Packer Collegiate | Brooklyn

Noelle Gold
P.S. 14 Senator John D. Calandra School | Bronx

Alexandra Espinosa
Teachers College Community School | Manhattan

Krystal Briggs

Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem | Manhattan

Ezra Briggs
East Harlem Scholars Academy | Manhattan

STEMLab Mentors

Juliette Guarino Berg
The Chapin School | Manhattan

Kasandra Stark
The Brearley School | Manhattan

Margaret McCarthy
Marymount School of New York | Manhattan

STEMLab Leadership

Jason Sullivan
Amy Wish
Lindsay Fox
Diana Loiacono
Christopher Kennedy

Contact jason@stemteachersnyc.org for more information or questions!

Resources

Join the Awesome Elementary STEM Teachers in NYC Facebook Group to post pictures, ask questions and stay connected!