This looks like an interesting professional development opportunities for Science teachers on Long Island for Saturday, April 20th…….

Dear Science Educator,

We want you to join us for an interesting morning of seminars and an Exhibition and breakfast.  And at the same time get 3 hours of PD in Science.  If your school is like mine, they appreciate your Professional Development in your field of teaching.


Come down to Stony Brook Saturday morning April 20.  Learn, network, share with your fellow Science Educators from Long Island.  You will have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Brian Vorwald, President of the Science Teachers Assoc. of New York State (STANYS) and find out the latest details on the Next Generation Science Standards – Earth and Space Sciences.  Mr. Vorwald is a key member of the science team presenting our ideas and input to this process of developing Science Standards.


Here is our program.  I have asked that our program be as open as many Educators as possible, such that we will extend our Early Bird Registration rate for non-members to $30.  Please think about joining us for an interactive and fun morning of science.


You can register at



James Ripka, Ph.D.

Conference Chair

Suffolk STANYS

Chemistry Representative




Registration & Networking         9:00 – 9:25 a.m.



Session A Workshops:        9:30 – 10:25 a.m.


A-1: Next Generation Science Standards – Earth and Space Science         Brian Vorwald, President STANYS, Adjunct Associate Professor, Suffolk Community College;  Earth Science Teacher and Science Department Chairperson, Sayville Public Schools (retired)

This workshop will facilitate discussion of the impact of the recently released Next Generation Science Standards on the teaching of Earth Science to K-12 students throughout New York State.  A presentation on the development, structure, and conceptual shifts of the NGSS along with how New York State served as a Lead  State will provide background for participants to share their insights, concerns, and questions.   (General)


***Special Note – We are fortunate to have Brian Vorwald, who is President of STANYS and a key member on the inside track of discussions concerning the new science standards present.***


A-2: The Henrietta Lacks Story/Patients Rights     Colleen Martin, Stony Brook University (CSM)

The presentation focuses on the story of Henrietta Lacks and how her cells became a useful tool in many science discoveries.  A sub-topic will address the ethical issues of getting a patent on patient cells. (Biology, General Interest, High School)

A-3: Origami Science Fun                  James Ripka, MacArthur High School, Chemistry SAR

Flying Frisbees, Leaping Lizzards, Periodic Party Hats, Stuffed Moles, Pocket Protector, Pianos, Science magic, plus much more.  Have fun folding and some cutting and pasting.  Make objects that will entertain and teach your students.  (General, 5-12)


Exhibition & Light Breakfast 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.     


Session B Workshops:               11:15 – 12:10 p.m.

B-1:  The Integration of Math & Science & the Evolution of Earth Science   Catherine Hantz & Louisa McHugh, Stony Brook University                

 Two presentations representing the changing dynamics of math integration in science and the evolving scope of Earth science.(Earth Science, General)


B-2:  Vocabulary In the Classroom               Melissa Torre, MacArthur High School, Earth Science SAR

With the new literacy standards coming down on us this is a great workshop that goes back to the basics.  If we want our students to be more literate they have to understand the vocabulary.  The old way of copying definitions from the textbook is not going to cut it.  I have put together a few methods that I have used in my classroom to increase vocabulary & would love to hear any ways you have come up with.  (Although this is geared to Earth Science, it is applicable to all science disciplines)


B-3: Standards-Based Grading in the Chemistry Classroom             David Knuffke, Deer Park High School

Are you looking for a way to assess your students that moves the focus away from the points they earn and places it on what they know (or don’t)? Standards-Based Grading is a mode of assessment that helps teach students how to understand their progress, and self-assess their understanding. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of standards-based grading and demonstrate one particular implementation in the curriculum of the Honors Chemistry program in Deer Park. While the specific course under discussion is a chemistry course, the pedagogy of a standards-based grading system can easily be applied to any subject. (Chemistry, General)


Conclusion and Professional Development Certificates 12:10 to 12:30 pm                                                           


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