at Rowan University

McSiip at the CSM STEM Center of Rowan University is offering a wide variety of engaging, hands-on workshops this fall with a focus on technology in mathematics and science education. A brief description of each workshop is provided below.

Presenters for workshops are Rowan University professors and staff and include: Dr. Janet Caldwell, Dr. Eric Milou, Dr. Jill Perry, Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona, Dr. John Robinson, and Dr. Paul Laumakis.

All workshops are $135 per day (unless otherwise stated) and will be held at Rowan University with room locations to be given in your confirmation email.  The times vary, so please check the descriptions.  The participants in workshops from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm will receive a certificate for 5 PD hours (upon completion), will only have a few breaks, but no long lunch breaks. The participants in workshops from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm will receive a certificate for 6 PD hours (upon completion), and will have a 1/2 hour lunch break, so please bring a brown-bag lunch.

Be sure to click on the link in the description to view a full color flyer for each workshop, or click here for a brochure with all of our workshops listed!

Click here to Register online. Please note that registrations via phone, fax, mail, or e-mail will NO LONGER be accepted.

For more information please contact Jen Murphy at (856-256-4827)

Please register early – those who have been on our waiting lists know - space is limited!


Mathematics, Science and Technology Workshops
(Fall / Winter 2015-2016)

Unless otherwise stated, all workshops run from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

1. Math Coaches' Collaborative Series (This series is for anyone that works as a Specialist, Department Chair, Coach, or Supervisor in the Area of Mathematics)
Enhance your skills by learning and sharing ideas, successes, and concerns with others in the field! Let’s build a support community in which we can all learn and grow. Each session will include interactive presentations, activities, discussion with colleagues, and sharing, as well as attention to leadership related to equity, teaching and learning, curriculum, and assessment. There will be a theme and a major speaker for each session as follows. Join us for one workshop or for all five! Attend the first four workshops and the fifth one is free!
Grades: K to 8, Presenters: Drs. Janet Caldwell & Jill Perry

1. Formative Assessment & Differentiated Instruction/Reflecting on Instruction (Part 1) - Date: 12/10/15 - Cost: $135
2. Communication with Parents, Teachers, and Administrators - Date: 1/7/16 - Cost: $135
3. Formative Assessment & Differentiated Instruction/Reflecting on Instruction (Part 2) - Date: 3/1/16 - Cost: $135
4. Reflecting on Instruction/Change - Date: 5/3/16 - Cost: $135 (or FREE if attending all 5 workshops in this series!)

2. Math Leaders Meeting Series
Calling all math supervisors, coaches, teacher leaders and department chairs! Join us in a series of informal get-togethers to share successes, concerns and information relevant to mathematics instruction. There is NO CHARGE for this meeting, and PD certificates will NOT be issued, however registration is required. on Common Core mathematics content. Assessment strategies demonstrated will range from low-tech to high-tech. Specific sources for assessment tasks will also be discussed.

Fall - Date: 10/29/15, Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Facilitators: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou
- Date: 1/12/16, Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Facilitators: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou

Spring - Date: TBD,Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Facilitators: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou

3. Problem-Based Learning in Secondary Mathematics
Explore the what, why, and how of project-based learning. Sample activities will illustrate how you can help your students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 11/10/15, Presenter: Dr. Janet Caldwell - Cost: $135

4. Desmos: an Online Graphing Calculator for Mathematics Lessons and Assessments
This workshop will explore the free online graphing calculator Desmos and demonstrate innovative inquiry based lessons and formative assessments with Desmos.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 12/1/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou - Cost: $135

5. Creating Digital Mathematics Assessments in Grades 6-8 and 9-12
This workshop will demonstrate a plethora of digital tools to create assessments items including PARCC like items and formative assessments for grades 6-8.
Grades: 6 to 8, Date: 12/3/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou - Cost: $135
Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 12/15/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou - Cost: $135

6. Best Practices in Teaching and Assessing Elementary Math 
Learn about research-based best practices in teaching and assessing math in grades K-5 through hands-on activities designed to improve student achievement! See how formative assessment, differentiated instruction, use of technology, and STEM can all work together without overwhelming you or your students.
Grades: K to 5, Date: 12/8/15, Presenter: Dr. Janet Caldwell - Cost: $135

7. Rethinking the Algebra I/II Curriculum 
This workshop will provide a revised scope and sequence for Algebra I and II that is more reasonable for students and teachers.  Sample activities and modeling tasks will also be demonstrated.
Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 12/17/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou - Cost: $135

8. Algebra Content Review and the Middle School Praxis Exam (5169)
Are you an elementary school teacher that would like to position yourself to teach middle school math someday? Are you a middle school math teacher who is not yet certified? This workshop will focus on a detailed review of relevant Algebra content that is emphasized on the Middle School Praxis Exam (5169). Participants in this workshop will explore open-ended Algebra content questions that are designed to reinforce Algebraic concepts that are typically tested in the form of multiple choice questions on the Praxis Exam. A comprehensive overview of the ETS Graphing Calculator by Infinity Softworks that is accessible during the Praxis Exam will also be included.
Grades:K to 8, Date: 12/22/15,Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis - Cost: $135

9. Navigating the Next Generation Science Standards
An introduction to NGSS grounded in the framework for the next generation science standards. We will focus on science curriculum for middle and high school grade levels and will provide opportunities for participants to view possibilities for implementing new features introduced in NGSS within their own curriculum.
Grades: 7 to 12, Date: 1/12/16, Presenter: Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona - Cost: $135

10. Creating Android Applications
Mobile application programming can provide an authentic and engaging hook into computer science. The MIT App Inventor is a visual programming environment that enables participants with no programming background to build apps for Android mobile devices. We will use this at Rowan University to teach CS Principles to 6-12 students, educators, and industry partners by empowering participants to create their own mobile apps and engage them personally, as well as infusing energy and excitement into computer science education.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 1/14/16, Presenter: Dr. John Robinson - Cost: $135