Teachers and Archdiocesan Staff Present at NCEA

Teachers and Archdiocesan Schools Office staff had an opportunity to showcase their expertise in a panel presentation and a breakout session at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Conference in Cincinnati, OH the week of April 4, 2018. Both sessions were highly attended, standing room only events.

Engineering a Better World: A New Co-Curricular STEM Fair Model

Barbara Dolan, (Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment) and Ann Kaiser (ProjectEngin) joined teachers Doris Treuer (Academy of Our Lady, Glen Rock) and Zach Floyd (Our Lady of Czestochowa School, Jersey City) for a panel discussion titled Engineering a Better World: A New Co-Curricular STEM Fair Model. The focus of the discussion was the impact and logistics of the Archdiocesan program. The panel members shared their thoughts about the positive student outcomes resulting from the STEM Fair program.  They also discussed some of the challenges they encountered as they implemented the program within their classroom and throughout the Archdiocese. The presentation included samples of student work and student feedback about their experience with the STEM fair process, along with information about program management and support at the diocesan level. Doris is a veteran teacher who is participating in the program for the second year. Zach is part of the program for the first time this year.

Program Description

The Newark Archdiocese has launched a STEM Fair program that creates a true project-based learning experience incorporating a comprehensive approach. Students in grades 5-8 apply science and math concepts to engineer solutions to global challenges faced by communities around the world.  We shared video, student work, parent and community feedback, and future plans. Learn how you can empower the innovators of tomorrow to look beyond their classroom walls to engineer a better world.

 

If Google Has It You Can Find It

Ann Oro (Director of K12 Instructional Technology) led teachers and administrators from across the county in learning how to better search Google. The content in this session has been presented to all the elementary school technology integration specialists and is included each year as part of the Archdiocesan orientation program for new teachers. To view the session’s resources click here for the presentation slides.

Program Description

Google Search can provide you with millions of results but if the answer is on page 45 you may never find it. As an educator or administrator, you need to be able to streamline your work so you are spending minutes instead of hours locating just what you need. In this session, you will learn how Google keyword search works and extend your knowledge to use Google Advanced Search to locate specific types of files and results as well as excluding keywords. Similar Google Image Search features will also be explored. Become a Google Search Ninja and take back what you learn to your students and faculty.