NSF/DOE Project Director
The process of evaluation has grown into a dynamic and critical component of educational programs and projects. What was once seen as a tedious task imposed on organizations is now viewed as a process that serves to provide valuable information to stakeholders and project staff. Program managers are often knowledgeable in their discipline area but have little exposure to formal evaluation theory or practice. This workshop will address the old and new ways of thinking about evaluation, will provide a theoretical framework for evaluation, and outline critical information needed in order for program managers and staff to make good evaluation decisions. Main topics to be covered include:
o Defining evaluation, intent, standards, and use
o A theoretical and conceptual framework
o Developing an evaluation team, plan, and method
Professor and Chair Mathematics Department
Dr. Bisk will provide an overview of the Singapore Math approach for grades 1-6. There has been considerable interest in the
Accounting & Information Systems
"Using Pen-Based Computers in Classroom Instruction"
Professor Gino Sorcinelli,
1) Rationale for introducing the Tablet technology;
2) Student reaction to date;
3) Impact on student learning outcomes;
4) Future plans.
Woven through the presentation will be an overview of the ConferenceXP technology being developed by Microsoft Research (www.conferencexp.net). This software allows a faculty member to "broadcast" classroom content to student Tablet PCs in the classroom. There will be a demonstration of this technology, and plenty of Q&A is requested.
Martha Nevin Cyr
Director, K-12 Outreach
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
"Reading & Math Stars - Helping Improve Early Learner Literacy"
The Reading & Math Stars program was developed as an innovative activity-based set of supplemental materials to strengthen reading literacy and math problem solving skills for children in Kindergarten to Fourth grade. The program is comprised of short activities based on diverse historical characters. Simple phonics, math skills, and hands-on activities are combined to engage students. The materials are delivered with professional development components that cover general themes and strategies for effective and inclusive pedagogy, developing reading literacy, and mathematical problem solving.
S. Maxwell Hines
Secondary Science Education
"Developing Diversity Sensitive Dispositions in
This presentation will focus on the efficacy of developing diversity sensitivity in science teachers, both in general and in situ. It will also include an examination of the history of and methods for moving teacher candidates, most of whom are culturally insular, toward a broader, more inclusive conception of the purpose of science education in the lives of an increasingly diverse student body. The importance of the creation of University-School-Community partnerships and meaningful professional development for inservice science teachers in this process will be considered.