McSiip at Rowan University's
STEM Center

McSiip at the STEM Center of Rowan University is offering a wide variety of engaging, hands-on workshops this fall with a focus on the Common Core State Standards. 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. Paul Laumakis and Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona.

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 registrations via 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

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

McSiip & The Philadelphia Science Festival

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New Spring/Summer 2015 Workshops

1. Examining the Fraction Focus of the Common Core
This session will examine examples, activities, and technology to enhance the teaching and learning of rational numbers. Participants will examine how to engage, motivate, and use technology in grades 3-8 that can lead to building better number sense and facility with rational numbers.
Grades: 4 to 6, Date: 5/20/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou (Please note: This is a different date than the one published in our brochure due to a scheduling conflict.)

2. Math Leaders Meeting
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.

Spring - Date: 4/8/15, Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Facilitators: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou

3. Algebra Content Review and the Middle School Praxis Exam
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: 4/10/15,Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis

4. Using Projects to Assess Student Understanding of High School CCSS in Mathematics (Workshop Series)
These interactive workshops will focus on the effective use of projects to ensure that students have mastered the high school CCSS in Mathematics. With an emphasis on modeling, participants will work in small groups to analyze and solve a relevant project using appropriate technology, in addition to carefully examining how the project is aligned with the standards. Attendees will leave these workshops with ready-to-use comprehensive projects that directly connect with the applicable CCSS in high school Mathematics. Strategies for both classroom implementation of projects and creation of new projects will also be included. Please bring your own laptop.

Algebra, Functions, and Modeling - Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/17/15, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis
Statistics, Probability, and Modeling - Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/24/15, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis

5. Math Technology Tools for the Middle and High School Classroom
This session will examine rich problems and tasks that are generated via pictures and video (rather than words on the papers) and demonstrate how such media can lead to rich discourse, motivation, and deeper mathematical understanding in grades 6-12. Also presented will be technology tools, apps, and websites for engagement and motivation.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 5/14/15,Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou

6. Creating Formative Assessments Via Technology
Teachers will use multiple technologies to create a plethora of mathematics formative assessments for immediate classroom use. A digital device is REQUIRED for this session.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 5/27/15, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou

7. Navigating The Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS]
This workshop will present participants with an introduction to NGSS grounded in the framework for the next generation science standards. The workshop 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. Please bring a laptop and curriculum materials with you.                    
Grades: 7 to 12, Date: 5/19/15, Presenter: Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona


8. PARCC in Elementary, Middle and High School - 3 DAY Summer Institute Series
So...your students took the what? Join us for this 3 day institute and reflect on, analyze, discuss, and dissect the PARCC math assessment. This Summer Institute is designed as a 3 day series, not as separate workshops. Register for all 3 days with a registration fee of $385.00.

Grades 3-5 - Dates: July 20-22, 2015, Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Presenters: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou
Grades 6-8 - Dates: August 3-5, 2015, Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Presenters: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou
Grades 9-12 -
Dates: August 17-19, 2015, Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Presenters: Dr. Janet Caldwell & Dr. Eric Milou