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GojakLinda Gojak, Director of The Center for Mathematics & Science Education Teaching & Technology (CMSETT) started her second year as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Linda was also awarded $80,591 by the Ohio Board of Regent—Improving Teachers Quality Grants Program to improve the capacity of the Euclid City Schools to provide every K-5 student a research-based high quality mathematics education. Cutting to the Common Core in K-5 Mathematics served over 150 K-5 mathematics teachers in Northeast Ohio.

Linda contracted with the Mayfield School District to provide teacher professional development focusing on the Common Core and Standards for Mathematical Practice.  This two-week workshop served 45 K-8 teachers in the Summer of 2013.

 

JMilamJohn Milam, Interim Director of the Center for Mathematics & Science Education Teaching & Technology (CMSETT) accepted a three-year appointment to the Committee on Middle Level Science Teaching for the National Science Teachers Association.

John was recently awarded a 15 month extention from the Ohio Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Porgram to continue CMSETT’s work to improve student achievemnet in secondary mathematics in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  Using Technology with High School Teachers and Students to Develop the Standards for Mathematical Practices was originally funded imn the amount of $167,661.90.  This 15-month extension in the amount of $142,277 will continue to provide sustained teacher professional development in secondary mathematics and using technology in the classroom, online interactive events between JCU professors and Cleveland students, and a mentoring program at John Adams High School.

John is completing his third year working with Paul Revere PreK-8 School in Cleveland Metorpolitan School District.  The goal is to improve science teaching and learning on this campus by working with teachers and students in grades 4 through 8.  This works includes analyzing student acheivement data, co-planning with classroom teachers, and demonstrating model inquiry lessons in science.  Teachers and students from Paul Revere have visited the JCU campus over the past three years to work with university scientists, engage in scientific inquiry and experience the life on a college campus.

CMSETT is currently working with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at John Carroll Univeristy.  Once Woodrow Wilson Fellows have completed there 15-month Master’s program at JCU, CMSETT assists in tranistioning these new teachers into their own classrooms across the state of Ohio.  This mentoring program is in place during the Fellow’s first three years of classroom teaching.

 

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MATHEMATICS CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PEDAGOGY

Over the past two years, CMSETT provided professional development to over 250 Ohio mathematics teachers in the following courses:

  • Common Core Data Analysis, Probability and Statistics
  • Essential Understanding: Number and Numeration K-2
  • Essential Understanding: Rational Numbers (Fractions and Decimals)—Grades 3-5
  • IMPACT ONE Grades K-3
  • Understanding the Common core Standards for Mathematics—Grades K-2 & 3-5
  • Path to Problem Solving—Grades 3-6
  • Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Special Education –Grades K-5
  • Putting the Practices into Action—Grades K-8
  • Understanding the Common Core Standards for Mathematics—Grades K-5
  • Cutting to the Core: Common Core Standards for Mathematics—Grades 6-8
  • Building Student Success in Problem Solving—Using a Strategy Approach for Teachers—Grades 3-8
  • Investigations in Number, Data and Space—Grades K-2
  • Investigations in Number, Data and Space—Grades 3-5

 

INTEGRATING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

Over the past two years, CMSETT filled over 175 seats by providing professional development to Cleveland Metropolitan School District secondary mathematics teachers in the following courses:

  • Using Technology with High School Teachers and Students to Develop the Standards for Mathematical Practices I & II
  • Improving Student Achievement In High School Geometry: Standards for Mathematical Practice, Common Core State Standards, Technology
  • Improving Student Achievement In High School Algebra: Standards for Mathematical Practice, Common Core State Standards, Technology
  • Improving Student Achievement In High School Statistics & Probability: Standards for Mathematical Practice, Common Core State Standards, Technology

 

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Over the past two years, CMSETT provided professional development to Ohio Middle Grades Science Teachers in the following courses:

  • Adventures in Electricity and Magnetism
  • Middle Grades Space and Physical Science: Solar System, Universe and Force & Motion—Grades 5-8
  • Middle Grades Earth, Life Science: Force & Motion—Grades 5-8
  • Scientific Inquiry: Increasing Student Learning and Motivation using Discrepant Events
  • Middle Grades Space and Physical Science: Solar System, Universe & Force & Motion

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Over the past two years, CMSETT served Ohio teachers from all grade levels and subject areas by providing professional development in the following courses:

  • 21st Century Technology for Teachers of all Subjects and Grade Levels
  • 21st Century Classroom Technology: Video-Editing, Podcasts, Wikispaces, SKYPE, Blogs, Google Docs & More
  • Capture Nature with Technology—Applications for the K-12 Classroom

 

Holden Arboretum and CMSETT – Capturing Nature with Technology

In collaboration with Holden Arboretum, Capturing Nature with Technology – a teacher professional development workshop intended to bring science inquiry to local schools and use classroom technologies to make learning more meaningful – was held on the campus of John Carroll University in the Fall of 2013. Teachers learned a wide arry of applications, inquiry methodologies, and new instructional technologies to incorporate into their own classrooms while exploring the natural world. The teachers learned how to effectively incorporate Wikispaces, Skype, QR Codes and many other applications into teaching and learning.

Facilitator giving instructions to the teachers on how to use Technology in Capturing Nature.

Teachers use Leaf and Tree Identification APPS on the
John Carroll University Campus
Teachers collecting data using their I-Phones or Tables.

Teachers collecting data using their I-Phones or Tables.

 

 

Paul Revere PreK-8 School in Cleveland Metropolitan School District

The 5th and 8th grade students from Paul Revere School in Cleveland have visited the John carroll University campus three times with another field trip planned in the Spring of 2014.

These field trips engage young students in sceince inqquiry, enable students to to work with university scientists, and experience life on the campus of John Carroll Univeristy.  Dr. Mark Waner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, demenstrated the exciting world of chemistry with firey and colorful chemical reactions.  Students also disected Owl Pellets to investigate ecology and the biology of birds.  John Carroll University undergraduate students provided tours of the campus including dining halls, dorms, classrooms and the St. Francis Chapel.  After the tour, Paul Revere students enjoyed pizza for lunch.  Nearly every child commented they wanted to attend John Carroll when they graduate high school!  Smiles all around!

 

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Dr. Mark Waner showing the students a science experiment.

Dr. Mark Waner exciting students with Chemistry!

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Students are given a campus tour.

Students learn about St. Ignatius

Students are disecting a "Owl Pellet" to see what the Owl ate.

Students dissect an Owl Pellet

 

 

NASA DESIGN CHALLENGE AT THE GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER

Fifth graders from Paul Revere PreK-8 attended the NASA sponsered Centaur Design Challenge at the Great Lakes Science Center on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Students were tasked with designing and building a vehicle that would navigate a specific course with a 25 gram payload.  Students were greeted by NASA Shuttle Astronaut Stephanie Wilson and had a chance to explore the Great Lakes Science Center.

 

 

Kids with Astronaut

Paul Revere Students with NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson

 

Students design and build their vehicles

 

 

Experimenting with Electricity