September 20

Mary A. Moriarty
NSF/DOE Project Director
Springfield Technical Community College

"Program Evaluation"

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


October 4

Richard Bisk
Professor and Chair
Mathematics Department
Worcester State College

"What is Singapore Math? What Can We Learn From It?"

Dr. Bisk will provide an overview of the Singapore Math approach for
grades 1-6. There has been considerable interest in the
Singapore program because of their top ranking at grades 4 and 8 in the TIMSS reports. These textbooks emphasize strong conceptual understanding while supporting procedural fluency. The presentation will describe the programís key characteristics and how it differs from what we see in many American texts. Particular emphasis will be placed on model drawing, a powerful tool for teaching problem solving that provides students with a concrete basis for the study of algebra. This talk should be of interest to K-12 teachers, mathematicians and math educators.


October 18
 
Gino Sorcinelli
Accounting & Information Systems
Isenberg School of Management
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
"Using Pen-Based Computers in Classroom Instruction"
 
Professor Gino Sorcinelli, Isenberg School, will deliver a presentation about his use of Tablet PCs in one lecture section of his course, SOM 210 - Introduction to Business Information Systems.
His presentation will cover four specific areas:
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.
 
 
November 1
 
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.
 
 
November 15
 
TBA
 
December 6
 
S. Maxwell Hines
Secondary Science Education
Hofstra University
 
"Developing Diversity Sensitive Dispositions in Long Island Science 
Teachers". 
 
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.