Teacher Resource Day Provides New Perspectives On STEM

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Teachers from local Long Island school districts participate in a prior Teacher Resource Day with various activities at CSTL’s Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre. (Photos courtesy of CSTL)

Early childhood, elementary and middle school teachers across Long Island will receive more information, resources and new approaches for educating and engaging students using STEM-focused and project-based learning at The Center for Science, Teaching & Learning’s (CSTL) special Teacher Resource Day on May 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Rockville Centre headquarters at 1450 Tanglewood Rd. at the 17-acre Tanglewood Nature Preserve.

Teachers attending will be among the first to preview CSTL’s new exhibit: Dinosaurs! and Animal Adventure sponsored by Peoples United Bank, which will be open to the public this summer. This is the only exhibit and learning center of its kind in the region.

The day’s activities will be led by international STEM crusader and advocate Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, founder of CSTL. A nonprofit organization, CSTL’s mission is to encourage science-based learning and literacy through hands-on STEM-based programs.

“CSTL’s Teacher Resource Day gives educators the opportunity to explore a wide variety of STEM education tools and resources made available to them by scientists and educators,” explained Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, director of CSTL. “We encourage teachers from across Long Island and the entire New York region to get involved and participate in this program. They will meet and develop partnerships with organizations that offer free resources as well as have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and get a better understanding of project-based learning that assists in maximizing classroom engagement.”

Featuring a keynote address by John T. Tanacredi, PhD., director of Molloy College’s Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring, the day’s programs will provide teachers with insights on how to better leverage approaches for teaching in all science disciplines, including zoology, biology, geology and physiology, with special focus on STEM. The goal is to empower teachers with more tools and approaches for enhancing interest in STEM and student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to connect with organizations and agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Taking place on its 17-acre nature preserve, teachers will experience the many education tools that CSTL has to offer for assisting with their professional development and engage in content driven workshops on topics including dinosaurs, animal adaptation, climate and weather and sustainability. Method driven workshops will concentrate on such subjects as Project-Based Learning, Inquiry STEM and Kitchen Science.

With a full-time teaching staff and a paleontologist on-site, teachers will gain a true perspective of CSTL’s unique STEM-focused approach to scientific learning in a unique, fun and engaging learning environment—making it perfect for teacher training retreats and student field trips.

Admission is $50 per educator and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For further information about CSTL’s Teacher Resource Day or to register to attend, call 516-764-0045, email RayAnn@cstl.org or visit www.cstl.org/teacher-resource-day.

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