On Thursday, August 24th, the Secaucus School District hosted a professional development workshop focused on infusing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) instruction into the elementary classroom. The program was organized by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), a non-profit organization devoted to bringing high-quality science and mathematics instruction to school districts worldwide. Teachers from across the state participated in sampling various STEM activities with their colleagues during the interactive workshop. A majority of the instructors who attended were elementary teachers, science specialists, and special education teachers from the Secaucus School District. Breakfast and lunch was provided by NJCTL and the event was free of charge for the faculty involved.
This year, Secaucus plans to infuse more STEM-centered topics and activities into elementary instruction, specifically into their science classes. “We have had a long-standing partnership with NJCTL for a number of years now and value their assistance in providing our science and mathematics departments with excellent instructional resources”, said Dr. Daniela Riser, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “This year, we’re look forward to working with them throughout the school year to incorporate more STEM topics into the elementary curricula. We thank them for bringing this workshop to us and had a great experience today.”
In the photograph, Secaucus elementary faculty are all smiles during the workshop. Pictured standing from left to right are Sharon Holsten, Alexis Leppin, Cindy Viera, Orietta Tringali, Kim Woeckener, and Melissa Lopena. Seated from left to right are Ricci DiGerolimo and Kerry Pruden.
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