Area School Teachers to Participate in Summer Math / Science / Technology Institute

Eleven area secondary and elementary school mathematics, science, and technology teachers have signed up to participate in the Summer 2007 Math-Science-Technology Institute, a unique summer professional development experience co-sponsored by Genesee Community College and the Genesee Region Teacher Center, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning Larene Hoelcle reported to the College’s Board of Trustees this evening.

The intensive weeklong institute begins July 16. It is based at Genesee’s Batavia Campus, but participants will travel to other locations for field activities, including the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Genesee County Fair, and an area farm.
The Institute, funded by the New York State Education Department, is designed to help area math and science teachers learn innovative approaches to teaching, with an emphasis on hands-on instructional activities they can easily replicate in their own classrooms.

Teachers will learn how to incorporate global positioning activities, archeology, DNA experiments, renewable energy, and environmental health science into their teaching. They will also learn how to use contemporary World Wide Web tools, such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts to stimulate learning among their students. Teachers will also learn how to use smartboards, a high-tech alternative to traditional chalkboards increasingly used in area schools.

Participating teachers will receive certificates for 40 hours of professional development.

The summer project has year-round and long-term impact, Dr. Hoelcle told trustees. “These teachers will learn very practical skills they can use almost any time,” she said. “Because the summer project emphasizes hands-on learning, these teachers become proficient in developing their own innovative classroom activities that help students acquire math and science skills more effectively. The students are the winners.”