New York 2016 Regional Workshop Program

DATE: Friday, November 4, 2016

8:30-9:00: Registration & Coffee, outside of rooms 101-103 of the Corporate Training Center

9:00-9:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-10:00: Gallery Walk: Defining Success within the Geosciences

  • Brainstorm "success" from the perspective of students and instructors
  • Sharing your thoughts with the group
  • Gallery Walk responses.docx

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:30: Speakers: Dr. Nelly Sta Maria, Chair, Psychology Department, Suffolk County Community College; Dr. Joseph Vollaro, Psychology Department, Suffolk County Community College

Understanding the Mind to Improve Reading and Writing in the Sciences

Understanding the Mind to Improve Reading and Writing in the Sciences

Followed by hands-on activities for the participants

Nelly Sta. Maria ("SantaMaria") is a licensed NYS psychologist. She earned her BA in Psychology from Barnard College and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University. Before coming to SCCC, she taught full-time at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching in colleges for 20 years this Spring.

Other resources:

11:30-11:45 Reflect on morning session; report out

11:45-12:00: Lunch

12:00: 12:30: Working lunch: Video: Teaching for Mastery

Sal Khan: Teaching for Mastery

Additional TED talks from Sir Ken Robinson:

12:30-12:45: Sharing ideas from the video

12:45-2:00 Gallery Walk: Why Active Learning? Active Learning Strategies

  • Participants will participate in a Gallery Walk presenting various active learning strategies in order to understand how these strategies are used
  • Participants will brainstorm ways in which the presented activities will be incorporated into their courses and develop an active learning activity
  • Report out
  • Active Learning Methods

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30: Speakers: JoAnn Thissen and Sean Tvelia

  • Presentation: Incorporating field work, hands-on term projects and low stakes research in your courses and programs
  • Activity: Brainstorming and development of research and field projects for your students; designing rubrics; developing assessment strategies
  • Sharing of ideas; creating action plans
  • Students as Scientists
  • Creating a course level student research project
3:30-4:00 Workshop evaluation and closing remarks

Additional Resources:

Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC)

The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC)

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and NAGT Geo2YC Division

The Math You Need, When You Need It

Community College Research Initiative

Earth Viewer App

TED Talks


Geological Society of America (GSA)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

National Science Teachers of America (NSTA)